21 April 2014
The 2014 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships will be held at Penrith Whitewater Stadium from April 23 to 27.
This five-day event brings together more than 350 athletes, coaches and officials from a total of 34 countries in a showcase of the best canoeing, kayaking and slaloming young talent in the world.
Australian Olympic K1W silver medallist Jessica Fox and 2013 World Championship K1M silver medallist Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic are among the event’s headliners. Representing Australia alongside Fox will be fellow Penrith senior paddler Alison Borrows and West Australian Georgia Rankin.
Penrith Whitewater Stadium was the competition venue for the canoe, kayak and slalom events during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It is the only man-made whitewater course of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
The course has been constructed using a combination of both natural and man-made materials to recreate the characteristics of a natural whitewater river. Water is drawn from the nearby warm-up lake by six pumps. Each pump delivers 2,800 litres of water per second to the start of the pool at the top of the course, from where it flows down to the finish pool. The river flows at 14 cubic metres per second through a 320 metre track that varies in width from eight metres to 14 metres.
Cheer on team Australia and be impressed by the talent of these young athletes in Penrith this week.