Ros Lawrence competing at ICF Slalom World Cup 1 in Tacen, where Lawrence won gold in the women's C1 event.
Ros Lawrence competing at ICF Slalom World Cup 1 in Tacen, where Lawrence won gold in the women's C1 event.

Last of the Lawrence sisters

OLD Bonalbo canoeist Ros Lawrence reckons that had it not been for the family link she may not have ever tried the sport.

Lawrence is the last remaining professional canoeist in her family with sisters Jacqui and Kate both retired.

Jacqui won a silver medal in the K1 at the Olympic Games in 2008 and Kate was the World Cup champion that same year.

Ros, 23, won silver in the Canoe Slalom event at the Australian Open in Penrith on Sunday.

Lawrence is busy preparing for more events around the country in hopes of earning selection in the national team that will compete at the World Championships in Prague in September.

"I don't think there is too much pressure on me. Our family has definitely achieved a lot already (in the sport)," Ros said.

"If my sisters didn't combine and get coached by dad, I might not have even known the sport. I miss not having them live near me but I still get the all that family support at events."

Lawrence is based in Penrith and lives near where the event was held at the weekend.

She normally performs well at the course and is busy preparing for the next event in the qualification series at Bradys Lake in Tasmania.

"The conditions weren't the best, but it was manageable," Lawrence said.

"I think I can keep improving and build on what I've already done.

"A huge amount of the sport is technical and physical, but you have to be prepared mentally for each event as well. I'm working with a sports psychologist and that really helps."

Lawrence competes regularly against London Olympic Games silver medallist Jessica Fox.

She is currently second behind Fox in the K1 and C1 qualifying events. "It's fantastic to be able to compete against world-class competitors," Lawrence said.

"She is definitely the benchmark at the moment."

Lawrence prefers the C1 event and is lobbying for it to become an Olympic event for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

There is only one Olympic position offered for women in K1 with three including the C1 for men at the Olympics.

"Most people in Australia support it and it's a shame that we haven't achieved gender equity in the sport," Lawrence said.

"I've tried my best to push for it but haven't heard of any new developments.

"We'll have to wait and see what happens."



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