West Lakes Canoe Club member Isabella Rositano posted a great video and account of her thoughts on Facebook from her experience of being part of the U23 National Team training in Poland and then competing at the 2016 ICF Junior and U23 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

She has kindly agreed to allow this to be reproduced here …..Something to inspire up and coming athletes.

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Don’t even know where to begin but I’ve pretty much always been dreaming of wearing the green and gold and although I have been saying I will for a very long time (I once read telling people your goals makes you more likely to achieve them) I never actually believed it would happen.

The last 5 weeks have been absolutely hectic, after a 4 week training camp in Poland, where we had the amazing opportunity to train at the Olympic center with the Polish team, we hit up Minsk (Belarus) to compete at U23 World Champs. To be the very first ‘wave’ of Australian women ever to compete in the C1 and C2 categories at Worlds was the best experience I’ve ever had and was great to share with Josie my C2 partner. I’m really happy with our results, we got our best times yet and got into the semis for both of our races together ? Everyone on the Australian (and Polish) team was super supportive and great to learn from on my first trip.

I was only introduced to this crazy sport last year through the‪#‎aissportsdraft‬, it is a lot different to rowing and every other sport I’ve tried (a lot more difficult too!) and I’m really grateful for the support of everyone who has helped me along the way especially throughout the challenging times; all the AIS sports draft staff (Richard!), excellent coaches and mentorsKris Cristi Sebastian Craig C Gary, Nathan + SASI staff, everyone who stayed up to all hours to support us and sent motivational messages and everyone from WLCC (Roger).

Best of all there are tonnes of new girls starting this sport from all around Australia and I cannot wait to help them, paddle with them and alongside them 🙂 The future looks bright for Tokyo 2020.

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