Two-two Paralympian Amanda Drennan has made a successful debut at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships qualifying for the leg, trunk and arms (LTA) K1 200 final on Thursday.
Better known for her prowess in the water, Drennan recently decided to swap her goggles for a paddle and pursue a sporting career on top of the water after competing in swimming for 13 years.
Drennan represented Australia at two Paralympics as a swimmer, winning bronze in the 4x100 relay in 2004.
The 25 year old is one of many talented athletes who have made the switch to paracanoe after it was announced that it would make its Paralympic debut in 2016.
The Victorian was surprised by the level of competition in Duisburg, Germany.
“It is a lot higher, the girls have been doing amazingly well. Before this race the record was 56, now it is down to 54 so everyone has just picked up there game and the whole class is very strong and everyone is doing really well, it is a tough competition out here today”, she said.
Drennan will race in the women’s LTA K1 200 final after finishing third in her semifinal.
She feels she improved in her semifinal after racing the heat earlier in the day.
“I was more focused and ready to race so getting third in that was good because I am through to the final.”
“It is anyone’s race tomorrow, the times are really close between us LTA girls so I am really excited and ready to race tomorrow.”
Her final is scheduled to commence at 10:55pm AUS EST (2:55pm Duisburg, GER).
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