2016 AUSTRALIAN CANOEING ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS

18 Nov 2016 11:29 AM
2016 AUSTRALIAN CANOEING ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS

Sports House Management and the Varsity Lakes Community Limited board of Directors would like to congratulate our very own Sports House resident 2016 AUSTRALIAN CANOEING award winners.

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

WINNER – ANDREA KINGpicture3

Andrea was the driving force behind Paracanoe establishing itself with the canoeing fraternity in Australia. At the 2015 ICF Paracanoe World Championships, Australia filled all available quota spots for the Paralympic Games and the first time Paracanoe was at the Paralympic Games, with the support of Andrea.

Andrea also lead 6 athletes to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. The campaign was highly successful with 5 of the 6 athletes making finals, and leading to a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal for the team.

 

 

AWARD OF MERIT

WINNER – 2016 PARACANOE TEAMpicture6

The 2016 Paracanoe team made their mark in the paddling world throughout the 2015/2016 with all 6 members filling all 6 quota spots available for the 2016 Paralympics, the inaugural year for Paracanoe in the games. These outstanding efforts cannot go unnoticed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM OF THE YEAR

WINNER – SENIOR MEN’S K2 1000M; LACHLAN TAME AND KEN WALLACE picture13

Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame partnered 2 years ago and have successfully competed as a K2 1000 pairing ever since, winning silver medals at both the 2014 and 2015 Canoe Sprint World Championships, as well as multiple World Cup medals over both seasons as well as the 2016 season. Their success culminated in a podium finish at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with the duo crossing the line in a close 3rd place to secure a Bronze medal.

 

PARACANOEIST OF THE YEAR

WINNER – CURTIS MCGRATHpicture14

Curtis’s development continued at a rapid rate in the K1, that in a little over 12 months Curtis was the 2016 World Champion in the Men KL2 200m.  This was the first time Marcus Swoboda (6-time World Champion) from Austria had been beaten.  The friendship and on course rivalry for the pair flowed over to the 2016 Rio Paralympics with Curtis winning the gold medal by more than a boat length.  Curtis travelled to Italy to the AIS European Training Centre and spent many weeks training with the Olympic Canoe Sprint Team.

 

 

 

CANOEIST OF THE YEAR – OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CLASS

SPONSORED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT:

WINNER – CURTIS MCGRATHpicture15

Curtis’s development continued at a rapid rate in the K1, that in a little over 12 months Curtis was the 2016 World Champion in the Men KL2 200m.  This was the first time Marcus Swoboda (6-time World Champion) from Austria had been beaten.  The friendship and on course rivalry for the pair flowed over to the 2016 Rio Paralympics with Curtis winning the gold medal by more than a boat length.  Curtis travelled to Italy to the AIS European Training Centre and spent many weeks training with the Olympic Canoe Sprint Team.

 

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE:

WINNER – AMANDA REYNOLDS

 

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For all list of all the winners click here