Fisher optimistic despite loss to Carrington


Aimee Fisher is optimistic as the battle for New Zealand’s only spot in the K1 500m at the Canoe Sprint World Championships continues.

It could have ended on Lake Karāpiro on Sunday morning if Fisher had beaten Dame Lisa Carrington again, as she did on Saturday.

But, Carrington won the last race – she was 0.11 seconds faster than Fisher.

This meant the series of best-of-three trials would continue on Thursday – International Canoe Racing Federation rules mean each country can only have one entry per event at the World Championships.

Fisher told 1News the rule was just part of the gig, no matter how fierce.

The reigning world champion said the competition brought out the best in her and Carrington.

“What a showdown,” she said of Sunday’s race.

“How spectacular that we can go up against two paddlers like that and have a race like that. Pretty special huh? She [Carrington] upgraded me today, so kudos to her.”

Fisher said she thought she was coming hot on Carrington at the start of the race.

Then things “really started to stall” and she found herself “dearly clinging to life” in the water, she added.

“She had her legs on her today and she got me,” Fisher said of the five-time Olympic gold medalist.

As for her plans for Thursday, Fisher said she would take some time to reflect, reset, and “get hungry again.”

Carrington coach Gordon Walker congratulated both competitors.

When asked how Carrington overturned Saturday’s result in a single day, Walker said it was all about the challenge.

“It’s actually about the battle. It’s a real contest and it’s about being open to the contest and bringing it and welcoming it.”

Walker said part of that is just treating Saturday like any other day, whether it’s a gym session or paddleboarding.

Then it was about getting back to basics, looking at what habits were working and sticking to that without getting too distracted, he said.

“One of the things that made her [Carrington] as great as she is, she will ask herself the hard questions and get the right answers, the honest answers. You can’t be a champion for a decade without being able to do this stuff often.”

After Saturday, he said it was the little things that needed to be tweaked in what was otherwise a good race for Carrington.

Walker acknowledged that the battle for a spot at the World Championships was tough, but it was “great for the sport” to see both women perform the way they did.

He said he doesn’t know what arrangement could get Carrington and Fisher to the world championships, which will be held in Canada in August.

There was also “still a bit of work to do” in any situation that could see the two women paddling together, Walker added, with Carrington also looking at K2 and K4.

“It’s really up to Aimee what she wants to do with the K1. Now she’s thinking about her own training and how she prepares really well. If that could fit into a K2 as well, time will tell. . on that.

“You see two very fast people together. That doesn’t always translate to the fastest boat.”


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