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Sisters to represent Australia at World Kayaking Championships

Date: March 17, 2017    Posted by: Sophie Thompson

Dynamic duo, Tiarnee and Brianna Massie, will represent Australia at the World Kayaking Championships in Romania this July.

The 2017 Australian Canoeing Team Announcement has Sunshine Coast Grammar School abundant with excitement as Year 11 Student Tiarnee ticks another goal off her list as she prepares to make her mark in history with Grammar Alumnus and sister, Brianna.

The sisters competed against the best kayaking athletes in Australia at the National Championships in Sydney earlier this month to make the Australian Team. Tiarnee returned home with five gold and one silver medal, securing one of five spots available on the Junior Australian Women’s Team. Brianna and her K2 partner, current Olympian and Sunshine Coast girl Alyssa Bull, won the U23 Women’s K2 500m securing their selection in the team.

Brianna graduated from Sunshine Coast Grammar School in 2014, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business. She has represented Australia in the World Kayaking Championships three years running, making her debut, as a Year 12 student, in Hungary in 2014, Portugal in 2015, and Belarus in 2016. Selected as one of five women in the U23 Australian Women’s’ Team Brianna will wear the green and gold again to represent Australia in Romania in 2017. Brianna now lives on the Gold Coast at the Australian Institute of Sport and trains 3 times a day in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.

The Massie sisters have also grown up with a passion for Surf Life Saving and Tiarnee has her eye on the Nutri–Grain Series as a professional Iron Woman having recently won three gold and one silver at the 2017 Queensland State Surf Lifesaving Titles.

“Tiarnee and Brianna are great friends and motivators in sport. Both have been extremely determined during their time at Grammar, embracing opportunities to be leaders and high achievers, especially in the sports arena. Together as sisters, they have continued to amaze us with their performances in Surf Life Saving and Kayaking. What an inspiring duo to the Sunshine Coast community! We are very proud of them both,” said Principal Mrs Maria Woods.

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