One year out from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Australia’s best paracanoe paddlers will be lining up together with Australia’s Olympic canoe sprint hopefuls at the 2019 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships in Szeged, Hungary this week.
Rio Paralympian Dylan Littlehales (NSWIS) will be aiming to secure a podium spot as well as Paralympic quota spots at the world championships which also double up as a Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic qualification event
The NSW Institute of Sport athlete has also seen a steep rise in his performance curve over the last couple of years with the 19-year old winning world cup bronze in the men’s KL3 200 last year and finishing fifth at the 2018 World Championships.
This year, Littlehales continued to be one of the most improved athletes on the Australian canoe sprint team, setting a new PB and cracking the 40 seconds mark at nationals earlier in the year.
After finishing fourth at the ICF Paracanoe World Cup in Poznan in May and missing out of the medals by 0.07 seconds, Littlehales has his eyes set on the KL3 200 podium.
“I’m feeling faster than ever. Every year I’m learning something new, which is a great experience,” Littlehales said.