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Grammar’s International Canoe Sprint Sensation

Date: October 5, 2016    Posted by: Sophie Thompson

Sunshine Coast Grammar School Year 10 Student, Tiarnee Massie has experienced the time of her life by lining up to compete against the worlds’ best canoe sprint paddlers.

Tiarnee was one of 27 aspiring young Aussie athletes all aged between 15 and 17 years to compete at the Olympic Hopes Regatta, in Szeged, Hungary last week.

This annual event is open to all national federations, promising tough competition between future sprint champions from around the world, across 252 events held over the 3 days of competition. Australia was represented by 15 men’s kayak athletes and 12 women’s kayak athletes across all 3 distances; 1000m, 500m and 200m.

Tiarnee and her team mate, Mackenzie Duffy, progressed into the final and placed 9th overall in the K2 1000m distance event out of 27 teams in the competition. Tiarnee also competed in the K2 200m, K4 200m and K4 500m qualifying into the semi-finals of all event distances.

“Having the opportunity to travel with an Australian team, training in Slovenia and competing against countries from all around the world is an invaluable experience for any aspiring athlete. We are extremely proud of Tiarnee’s dedication to her dream to become an Olympian”, said Principal Mrs Maria Woods.

As a member of The Olympics Hope Team, the future looks bright for Tiarnee whose goal is to represent Australia as a future member of the Australian Olympic Kayaking Team.

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