Season kicks-off in Penrith PDF E-mail
Slovenian paddlers who are preparing for the new season in Australia will compete at their first competition this year. The second ICF ranking race will take place in Australia. Besides Slovenian paddlers many international canoeing stars will also take part in Australian Open.

Slovenian canoeists and kayakers who are training in Australia will compete at ICF Ranking Race in Penrith. This race looks to be very strong, with many Olympic, World and European Champions on the start, and the number of contestants is very similar to World Cup races. Slovenians - there will be fifteen Slovenian boats on the start - are looking forward to the race, but at the same time they warn this will not give the real impression of the form before the season. “It’s only February. The real season starts in four months with European Championships. Regarding the amount of the training we did here, this will not show, how the season will develop, but I still want to show good runs,” said Peter Kauzer who, together with Janoš Peterlin, trains ‘Down Under’ since the first days of the year 2011 and will return to Europe in the end of February. Kauzer will be one of the favourites in men’s kayak category where seven Slovenians will start, among them also Jure Meglič who just came to the venue and did only two trainings on the Olympic course.

In women’s kayak category four Slovenian kayakers will compete. Ajda Novak, Eva Terčelj, Nina Mozetič and Urša Kragelj will have a very strong competition with two times Olympic Champions Elena Kaliska and Štepanka Hilgertova, World Champions Corinna Kuhnle and Jasmin Schornberg and medallist from Olympic Games in Beijing Violetta Oblinger Peters also on the start. Medallist from last year’s European Championships Urša Kragelj is satisfied with her earlier training, although she had to miss out four days of training due to an illness. She looks forward to the race, but she does not see big importance in it: “It is always good to have comparison with the best athletes, but at this time it is better if I occupy myself with my technique and runs. There will be enough time for comparisons. Now it is not so important to make comparisons far ahead of the start of the season and more than six months before the World Championships.”

A bit less competitors Slovenia will have in men’s canoe event where only Anže Berčič and Jernej Zupan will start, as well as in men’s canoe double event with Slapšak-Jarc and Taljat-Božič on the start.

Programme of the Australian Open:
Friday: Heats of all categories
Saturday: Semi-final& Final K1w, C1m, C2
Sunday: Semi-final& Final K1m, C1w


Demonstration Run:


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