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2022 Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships Report

By Rachel Crosbee

If you were wondering why you could not get an appointment to see Rachel in January, she was busy in her other job as a parent, nutritionist, coach and driver for team Crosbee

We had barely seen in the new year, when our team Crosbee campaign began. We split up on the 2nd of Jan with Dave and Mark heading up to Penrith in NSW to get some training in on the whitewater course, and Rachel and Sarah stayed home travelling to Eildon in preparation for the 2022 National age group Championships.

National Age group Championships. Eildon Victoria.

It was great to be part of the National Slalom community again and see so many young and not so young paddlers having fun training on the Goulburn river. Even Rachel dusted off the cobwebs and had some fun on the white water and did demonstration runs for the competitors for the race.

Sarah raced in both K1 (sitting down with a 2 bladed paddle) and C1 (kneeling with a single paddle) and won Junior and overall titles in both races.

Sarah K1 - Photo: Jeanette Lewellen

Sarah C1 - Photo: Jeanette Lewellen


Oceania Championships and selection for National Junior team races 1 and 2.

Rachel and Sarah left Eildon on a high and set off to join Mark and Dave at Penrith for training for the race at the end of the month. We left the beautiful Melbourne weather behind and for most of the next 3 weeks endured the lovely steamy wet weather in western Sydney. However good weather was not on our priority, this was the first opportunity both Mark and Sarah had to train on the National white water course for 2 years. Our days were taken up with training and recovery. It was great to be back there and also for Mark and Sarah to paddle with their friends from Tasmania, NSW and even WA who we hadn’t seen for 2 years.

This was the first pressure race Mark had had in 2 years and both Mark and Sarah were nervous. In order to be selected for the National Junior team they need to place in the top 3 overall using their 2 best results, out of a total of 4 races, 2 races from the Oceania Championships and 2 races from the Australian Open later in February. For Rachel race time role is as driver, food provider, coach and also race volunteer, so many different hats and long days but great fun. As a race volunteer I help out with judging decisions making sure all penalties are recorded correctly.

                                                                Mark K1 - Photo: Andrew Stamp

                                                                Rachel Judging - Photo: Living Moments studio 

Sarah 2nd place - Oceania Champs Junior Women K1

Mark 1st place - Oceania Champs Junior Men C1

Thank you to James and the Physiolife team for all your support.

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