Rosalyn Lawrence in action at the 2015 Australian Open Canoe Slalom. The former Old Bonalbo canoeist will compete in the 2016 Australian Wildwater and Slalom Championships starting today.
Rosalyn Lawrence in action at the 2015 Australian Open Canoe Slalom. The former Old Bonalbo canoeist will compete in the 2016 Australian Wildwater and Slalom Championships starting today. SPORTSCENE: Rob van Bommel

Lawrence thrilled to be tackling national slalom titles

FORMER Northern Rivers canoeist Rosalyn Lawrence is set to compete in four events at the 2016 Australian Wildwater and Slalom Championships.

The event starts today on the Upper Mersey River in Tasmania.

Lawrence, who is originally from Old Bonalbo, will compete in the women's K1, women's C1, women's C2 and mixed C2 events of the slalom championships.

At the national championships last January the 26-year-old had four big wins, taking out her signature event in the women's C1 ahead of world champion Jessica Fox.

Lawrence also won the women's K1 and C1 team events, as well as the mixed C2. She took home a silver medal in the women's C2 class.

"I was excited to win the C1 class," Lawrence said at the time.

"The competition in Australia is as tough as it is anywhere in the world.

"I love racing at nationals because I get the chance to compete in all the classes I don't normally get to race in."

This time around Lawrence again faces some tough competition, as most of Australia's biggest names in the sport will be in action at the championships, with Fox headlining a strong slalom field.

Fox recently returned to Australia following a training block in Brazil where she spent time familiarising herself with the 2016 Olympic course and the surrounding areas.

"On first glance, it was a bit underwhelming," she said.

"But after a couple of sessions, I grew to love the water, which was much smaller than the London course or Penrith, but still quite challenging and fun."

Although the Australian slalom championships will have no bearing on selection, it will provide competitors eyeing a berth in Rio with the opportunity to gauge where they are at ahead of the Olympic trials and national selection races to follow in February.



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