The Canoe Racing Junior/U23 World Champs is just days away for Canterbury Kayaker Danielle Currie and her team, following three weeks of training, acclimatising and preparing at the Olympic Centre in Dunavarsany, Hungary.
With parts of New Zealand in the grip of one of the coldest Winters in years, the kayakers quickly adapted to the polar opposite, with daily temperatures at the Centre soaring to over 38 degrees. But Danielle says the kayakers still performed well: “Our time trials have been promising, showing that the past year’s hard work is paying off.”
Danielle is upbeat about next week’s World Champs in Portugal: “Let’s hope my next update has some exciting results. We want to make that A final (top 9) that we missed out on by a second last year, and then from there see what damage we can do!”
Danielle sends thanks again to all those who helped her get to this year’s World Champs:
- Everest Global Logistics
- Anglo Pacific International
- Smooth Air
- Brillard & Tulloch Digital Marketing
- The Bog Irish Bar
- Elite Meats Bush Inn
- Gerry’s Wraps
The Junior World Champs begins in Lisbon, Portugal next weekend from 23 to 26 July. Danielle will compete in the U23 K1 500 and the U23 K4 500, the latter with team mates Kim Thompson, Briar McLeely and Rebecca Cole.