Whanganui paddler Max Brown has an unique, but difficult task ahead after getting selection for the New Zealand males’s canoe sprint team to complete at the ICF World Cup series in Might.
While Lisa Carrington and Aimee Fisher and co have actually been flying the New Zealand winning world and olympic titles, the Kiwi guys have actually taken a backseat for the past couple of years.
Brown and his K2 partner Kurtis Imrie, are the very first mens open K2 group to contend at an ICF World Cup in the last 4 years or so.
This year’s World Cup series will be kept in Poznan, Poland May 23-26 and Duisburg, Germany May 31 to June 2.
Before that the New Zealand team, including the females, will train in France to prepare.
“It’s been an extremely interesting few weeks for me. I have belonged to the New Zealand Under-23 group for the past five years, and now it’s time to step up the elite level,” Brown stated.
Brown’s finest performance in world U23 business was 12 th in the K4 500, however his specialty now is the K21000 He and Imrie won the nationals because boat winning by 5 seconds.
“We’ve been training difficult and improved our individual best just recently by four seconds, so we’re on track.”
The pair have a long method to go to putting a New Zealand K2 team back on the world map, but Brown stated they are up for the obstacle.
First they must perform at the upcoming regatta to receive the World Championships in Hungary in August and after that qualify there to have a boat at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
“As soon as the boats are qualified we then need to safeguard our spot in them.”
Brown has been training 2-3 times a day with the elite High Performance crews on Lake Karapiro in Cambridge because graduating for Victoria University in Wellington with a music degree in 2016.
“I operate in Cambridge when I’m no training teach ukulele, guitar and piano to assist money this non-lucrative canoe profession,” Brown said.
“We will be heading to France together with Lisa and the rest of the females team mid-April to train with the French nationwide team that consists of Olympic silver medallists. I’m not that strong, however I have endurance and method and the capability to take in pain. I mean returning to Whanganui to see friends and family before leaving and will most likely go out on the river while I exist.
“If it wasn’t for Whanganui I wouldn’t be where I am. I still race in Whanganui Kayak Club colours at nationals and speak regularly with my old coach Brian Scott. Brian is a strong supporter and so is the club and I’m truly grateful for that,” Brown said.
Scott said his protege deserved his chance at the elite males’s level.
“It’s excellent to see Max get this chance. It’s terrific to see anybody from Whanganui reach this level anytime the sporting code. It provides the more youthful ones self-confidence they too can reach these levels,” Scott said.