Olympians Murray Stewart and Jo Brigden-Jones showed their class over the weekend at the NSW Sprint Championships at Penrith, winning eight races between them.
Stewart was a comfortable victor in the K1 1000m over Bill Bain and Lachlan Tame before combining with fellow London Olympian Jacob Clear to win the K2 1000m.
The Olympic gold medal winning crew of Stewart, Clear, Tate Smith and David Smith proved far too strong in the K4 1000m, winning by more than ten seconds, before Stewart paired up with Tate Smith to take the men’s K2 200m.
Junior paddler Bill Bain showed some good form ahead of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, following his second place behind Stewart in the K1 1000m with a win in the K1 500m.
He combined with Jordan Wood to place second in the K2 500m behind Charlie Copeland and Kurt McAleenan, and then paired up with Lachlan Tame to finish third in the K2 1000m.
Tame proved to be the only man capable of topping Stewart at the Championships, relegating him to second in a tight K1 200m dash.
In the women’s events Jo Brigden-Jones was the star, taking the K1 200m title on Saturday before finishing just ahead of Alyce Burnett and Jessica Walker in a tight K1 500m race on Sunday.
“It was pretty good for my first hit out of the season, and after a couple of months off after the [Olympic] Games,” said Brigden-Jones. “I’ve had a bigger break than normal so I wasn’t expecting to go particularly fast, as I haven’t done much speed work.”
“I’m pretty happy to have performed so well, and it’s a good starting block for the season.”