Aussie Aussie Aussie!


Daniel Watkins
2013 AYOF K1 & C1 Champion
Tom Collings, Saturday, 19 January 2013

Australia has completed a clean sweep of individual gold at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium on Saturday, taking home four gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

17 year old Tasmanian Daniel Watkins lead the charge for the Australian’s winning individual Gold in the men’s K1 and C1 events, a fantastic display from the Derwent Canoe Club paddler who has emerged as an exciting paddler to watch over the coming years.

Watkins produced a scintillating fast run down the Sydney Olympic course in the men’s K1 final, recording the only sub 100 time to finish in 98.00, 3.77 seconds ahead of Chinese teenager Tao Yuan, with 18 year old Victorian Timothy Anderson finishing in third.

Fellow Australian’s Steven Lowther and Benjamin Pope finished in fourth and fifth respectively.

He soon followed his K1 success with Gold in the men’s C1 final, a trifecta for Australia.

Despite two gate touches, Watkins posted a time of 108.00 to finish 2.64 seconds ahead of fellow Derwent paddler Andrew Eckhart, with 18 year old Western Australian Pope in third.

Following in the footsteps of elder sister Jessica who won silver at the 2012 London Olympics, 15 year old Penrith paddler Noemie Fox won Gold in the women’s K1 event.

Despite a gate touch, Fox finished in 114.11 to finish 2.12 seconds ahead of New Zealand’s Jessica Bailey, with China’s Yinuo Zhang taking home the bronze medal.

The women’s C1 final was an all-Aussie affair with 15 year old Derwent teenager Kate Eckhardt winning the gold medal in a dominant performance. Eckhardt finished more than five seconds ahead of fellow Tasmanian Erin McGilvray, with Fox taking home the bronze, her second medal of the day.
 

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