Penrith Juniors shine on final day


Angus Thompson
2013 Australian Open
Photograph:Sportscene
Tom Collings, Sunday, 24 February 2013

Penrith juniors Angus Thompson and Noemie Fox and U23 paddler Joey Croft impress on the final day of racing at the 2013 Australian Open.

16 year old Penrith Valley Canoe Club (PVC) paddler Angus Thompson has secured his first berth on the men’s National Junior team after he claimed victory in the men’s K1 junior event today.

The talented young paddler used his home ground knowledge executing a clean and fast run to claim the victory in 101.45, more than five seconds ahead of Western Australian teenager Brodie Crawford and fellow PVC paddler Lachlan Croft.

Thompson was happy with his run.

“I did everything I wanted to, no screw ups and I kept it fast,” he said.

Thompson is excited to represent his country at the ICF Junior World Championships in Slovakia from 17-21 July this year, where he will contest the K1 alongside Crawford and
Tasmanian Daniel Watkins.

“My aim is to do well at juniors.”

“ I have not really raced much internationally so that will be my first international race against people other than New Zealand and hopefully I can produce a good result.”

The Fox family continued to dominate the womens events, but this time it was 15 year old Noemie in the spotlight after she won the junior C1 title this afternoon.

It was a great result by Fox who placed fifth overall in the C1 Open final. Fellow Penrith youngster Alexandra Broome also impressed finishing tenth overall.

Both girls will represent Australia at the ICF Junior World Championships in July.

Amongst a strong international men’s K1 field, 22 year old Joey Croft produced his best international result when he finished sixth in the men’s open K1 final.

The result saw Croft secure Silver in the U23 K1 behind Australian Open champion Jiri Prskavec, with Japan’s Kazuya Adachi finishing third (tenth in opens).

Croft now has his sight on performing well at the next selection race at Bradys Lake, Tasmania from 9-10 March, where the senior and U23 teams will be determined.

“With those two races done and having done well in the final, I hoping to go good down in Tassie again and get up in the top three and be on the senior team for the first time,” said Croft.

Victorians Jaxon Merritt and Timothy Anderson were the next best placed Australians finishing 20th and 22nd respectively in the semifinal.

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