Action got underway at Westlakes Adelaide today with Men's & Women's K1 heats and semi's determined in great local conditions. The
There were no surprises in the Men's K1 semi-finals with Kenny Wallace & Murray Stewart leading the way.
Local star Zac Ryan proved competitive winning his semi-final with the 2nd fastest qualifying time.
Sprint star Loccy Tame showed his diversity claiming the final Semi-final win over 1000m.
Jo Brigden-Jones has returned from injury bigger and better than ever following a year on the sidelines.
Jo comfortably won her semi-final and will face tough competition in Naomi Flood, Alyce Burnett and Alana Nicholls in tomorrows K1 final.
Brock Ingrham claimed the title in the Men's K1 500m Open Multi-Class Paracanoe final more than 5 seconds ahead of Peter Niperess and Sam Germein.
In the Women's Paracanoe Open Multi-class K1, Amanda Reynolds claimed a huge win, leaving more than 12 seconds in her wake over the 500m direct final.
Melissa Sullivan and Susan Seipel claimed 2nd and 3rd place.
Sullivan retuned to claim the win in the V1 Paracanoe class ahead of Kara Kennedy & Seipel. Curtis McGrath claimed the Men's 500m V1 final with a 20 second win over the field.
Sam Hutchinson & Ben Harris lead the way in the Men's Junior K2 1000m field claiming the semi-final ahead of Grimwade & Ryan.
Luke Morton & Fletcher Cunningham head into the final of the U16 K1 1000m final as favourites after respective semi-final wins, whilst in the Women's U16 K1's, Ruby Backen & Monique Carbone secured wins.
In the U18's Women, Chloe Sterry & Francesca Kidd claimed Semi-final victories.
The day finished with the Men's K4 final. The London gold medallist K4 crew paddled comfortably to victory at the national championships in Adelaide today. The young crew headed up by Billy Bain, with Jy Duffy, Jordan Wood, & Daniel Bowker were also impressive only 2.7 seconds off the pace of the Olympic crew in the direct final. Stewart said despite starting unbackable favourites, it was a relief to get the win.
"It's been a really tough day today, lots of racing, so it's really pleasing to get the K4 win," he said. "It's the one we had to win. It was actually a pretty tough race, a lot of the under 23's and younger crews really stepped up."