With less than seven weeks til the 2012 Olympic Games, AIS-WAIS
slalom canoe athletes Kynan Maley and Robin Jeffery will get the opportunity to
compete at the ICF Slalom World Cup 2 event in Pau, France from June 15-17.
For the first time this year, Australia’s four canoe
slalom Olympic athletes; Kynan Maley, Warwick Draper, Robin Jeffery and Jessica
Fox, and the remainder of the senior slalom team will compete as one at the
second ICF World Cup in Pau, France, with racing getting underway on Friday
"The team has been altogether for the first time this
tour yesterday in Pau,” said Australian Head Coach Mike Druce.
"We are really working on a delivery in the competition
this weekend; it's not so much about practising the specific skills for this
course, much more about practising racing.”
The men’s C1, Men’s K1 and women’s C1 heats will kick off
the action on Friday afternoon, with London bound duo Warwick Draper and Kynan
Maley set to commence their preparations for the Games, with their first
competitive hit out of the World Cup Series so far.
Maley bypassed the first World Cup in Cardiff last week
in favour of an additional training period alongside C2 partner Robin Jeffery,
and K1 paddler Draper who will benefit from the additional days training on the
Maley is looking forward to racing, "I can't wait to race
the Pau world cup this week. The whitewater in Pau feels a lot like a steep
natural river and really suits the way I paddle, so I am looking for a good
result,” said Maley.
Joining Maley in the men’s C1 event will be 22 year old Ian
Borrows who will look to build on his 27th finish at the first World Cup a week
ago, while Draper will join New South Wales duo Lucien Delfour and Will
Forsythe in the men’s K1 event.
After a stunning one-two finish in the women’s C1 event
in Cardiff last Saturday, NSWIS duo Ros Lawrence and Jessica Fox are will be
looking to produce cleaner runs this week after receiving more gates touches
than they would have liked last weekend.
"I was pretty happy with my overall performance at World
Cup 1. My C1 run had a couple of mistakes that were a bit disappointing, but
the rest of it was the way I want to paddle and I managed to hold the run
together despite the challenging water,” said Lawrence.
"In C1 I made too many costly mistakes in the final and I
think I definitely need to clean up the run without all those touches,” said
- Canoeing Australia