2011 ICF Junior Sprint World Championships - Brandenburg, Germany

Brandenburg Course
Tom Collings, Thursday, 28 July 2011

The Australian Junior Sprint Team has arrived in Brandenburg, Germany and are looking forward to racing at Junior World Championships commencing this Friday.

This weekend an estimated 650 athletes from 64 nations will come together in Brandenburg on Lake Beetzsee to compete at 2011 ICF Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships.

The Australian junior team arrived in Brandenburg on Sunday, following a successful training camp in Manheim, which saw members of the junior men’s sprint team compete at West German Championships with a string of promising results.

Team manager Graham Bendeich has made the most of the team’s early arrival at Lake Beetzsee.

“Being one of the first nations to arrive has meant that we have been able to convince the grounds staff to allocate the prime tent, seating and boat rack positions to Australia.”

“Our early arrival in Brandenburg has seen us pretty well have exclusive use of the course over the first two days, with the team now primed for a successful weekend of racing.”

The men’s and women’s 1000m heats will commence racing on Friday morning, with the 200m heats and 1000m semi finals to be raced in the afternoon.

Squad Members 
Men: Bill Bain, Scott Smith, Tom Norton, Nicholas Bulmer, Callum Dunn, Victor Gebarski, Jordan Wood, Charlie Copeland, Stephen Giraud, Jack Murphy, Matthew Wallace, Alexander Haas and Jake Donaghey. (Jeremy Petho is unavailable for selection with throat infection)
Women: Gabriella Tobitt, Allison Bryant, Kirsty Higgison, Shannon Reynolds, Jordan Lee-Jones, Anna Hennessy, Coco Howcroft, Ann-Sophie Sullivan and Tara McAleenan.

Brandenburg (Lake Beetzsee)
The regatta course in Lake Beetzsee is a traditional course and held its first major competition back in 1969, while also hosting the first ever Junior World championship event. 

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