Bill Bain
Bill Bain Warren Lynam

Bain not in oar of his canoeing rivals

BILL Bain declared he wanted to "shake up" Australia's best paddlers. Now he gets his chance.

The paddler, 19, will make his open debut at a national titles when the Australian Canoe Sprint Championships start in Perth tomorrow.

The event - which doubles as the world championship selection trials - comes a month after Bain made the national team for this year's under-23 world championships.

Competing in his first season outside the junior ranks, Bain now aims to make the open national team for the world championships in Germany.

That event will be held in August and immediately follows the under-23 world titles in Canada.

After earning a spot in the K1 1000 and K4 1000 for the under-23 worlds, Bain said: "I'm just going to have to go hard (at the national titles) and see if we can sneak a spot in the final … try and shake them up a little bit, if we can."

The former junior world marathon champion knows that will not be easy given he will be competing against several Olympians, including London K4 1000 gold medallists Tate Smith, David Smith, Murray Stewart and Jacob Clear.

Smith and Stewart edged Bain and his Mooloolaba teammate Nick Bolton in the open men's double ski final at this month's state surf life saving titles on the Coast, so Bain knows he has the job ahead of him.

"I'll just go in hoping to beat as many as I can," he said. "It's a high-calibre field."



Australian Canoe Sprint Championships

Champion Lakes, Perth

Wednesday to Sunday

Leading Sunshine Coast competitors: Rachel Lovell, Hailey McGinty, Bill Bain and Alyce Burnett

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