Victorian Amanda Drennan has finished eighth in the womens leg, trunk and arms (LTA) K1 200 final overnight.
The 25 year old was competing in just her eighth professional race since making the transition from swimmer to kayaker.
Drennan previously swam for Australia at two Paralympics and won bronze in the 4x100 relay in Athens, Greece in 2004.
“It was good, I really enjoyed it”, she said.
Drennan finished 5.65 seconds behind Canadian Christine Gauthier who won the gold in 54.32. British paddler Anne Dickens finished second, with Cindy Moreau of France coming in third.
Drennan is one of paracanoe’s brightest prospects in Australia and is looking forward to getting fitter and coming back to do it all again next year.
“The girls were really quick out there today, I just tried to hold on as long as I could but it was great to compete in my first final and I can’t wait for next year.”
“I need to work on my core that is the main thing.”
“I need to personally get a lot more fit and I mean that is the eighth time that I have raced so I need to get a lot more race practice as well. So hopefully the more I race the more I will improve.”
Para Coach Andrea Wood said, "Amanda has done exceptionally well and come a long way since our nationals in April."
"She has great potential to improve further and close the gap on the leaders in her event."
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