No rest in dream bid for canoeist
TRAINING, training and more training.
That is what Old Bonalbo canoeist Ros Lawrence will tell you she has been doing since returning from the International Canoe Federation World Championships in Prague in September.
Lawrence, 24, will line up in C1 and K1 events in the Australian Open and National Slalom Championships which start in Penrith tomorrow.
A C1 specialist, Lawrence has shifted her focus to K1 events with hopes of representing Australia at the Olympics.
The C1 is not an Olympic event for the women and won't be until at least 2020 in Tokyo.
"I want to go to the Olympics and that's impossible to wait another six years for C1," Lawrence said.
"Competing in K1 will help with my funding and keep me going.
"I've picked up a new boat and this will be my first big event in it."
Lawrence is now based in Penrith and will come against familiar rival and London Olympic silver medallist Jessica Fox.
She will also compete in C1 events this weekend before Oceania Championships at the same venue next month.
"I came home for a few days over Christmas but apart from that I've just been flat out training," Lawrence said.
"I've done some solid work on my technique over the last few months and I'm feeling well prepared."
Lawrence has always been an advocate for gender equality in the sport.
There are currently five C1 events for men in the Olympics and none for women.
"I've heard that some countries like Slovakia have now got a development program in place for C1 after the ICF came out with a solid statement saying they would support C1 for the 2020 Tokyo Games," she said.
"Unfortunately the ICF and countries that weren't already developing C1 are years behind the rest of us and I'm not satisfied with their commitment to gender equity."