Local kayaker Kayla Whinray travelled to Europe recently to compete in the Olympic Hopes sprint regatta in the Czech Republic, and the World Marathon Kayaking Championships in Denmark.December 17, 2013 3:58pm
Kayla's tour began with a two week training camp in Szolnok, Hungary with the Olympic Hopes kayak team.
"We would run three kilometres to and from the river and paddle twice a day," said Kayla.
“The coaches had us working hard as they organised who would paddle in which team kayaks.”
But it wasn’t all work and no play, while in Hungary the team also enjoyed sightseeing in Budapest and enjoyed a local festival held outside their hotel.
From Hungary Kayla and the rest of the Olympic Hopes team travelled to the Czech Republic to race in the Olympic Hopes canoe/kayak regatta which included the participation of 26 other countries.
"The level of competition and talent at an international level was a real eye opener," Kayla told the Chronicle.
Kayla placed 18th in the 1000 metre K1 event, 9th in the 1000 metre K2 and finished 5th place in the 500metre K4 race.
From the Czech Republic Kayla flew to Copenhagen in Denmark to join the Australian marathon kayak team in the week prior to World Marathon Kayak Championships.
Kayla finished 19th in the junior women's kayak event and the following day placed 11th in junior women's double kayaks, with partner Bronwyn Martin from Western Australia.
"The course in Denmark was definitely my favourite place that I got to kayak, the scenery was amazing," said Kayla.
“It was very exciting to have Prince Fredrick of Denmark at the event, presenting medals to the winning athletes.”
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