New Zealand paddler Alicia Hoskin hopes to form a lasting combination with legend Dame Lisa Carrington.
The duo competed together for the first time winning bronze in the K2 500 at last weekend’s World Cup regatta in the Czech Republic and will compete again at the second World Cup in Poland this weekend. .
Hoskin has been a junior member of the team for the past year, but with a few retirements, she is now seen as the future of the sport for the next Olympic cycle.
The 22-year-old competed in her first Olympics in Tokyo last year finishing fourth in the K4 500 and reached the B final of the K2 500.
Now the Gisborne paddler teams up with Carrington in the K2 500.
“It’s such a great opportunity and I’m so grateful to paddle with Lisa, she offers so much experience and I’m learning so much from her even though I’ve been on the team with her for several years now,” Hoskin said. .
It’s also an unprecedented situation for Carrington, who has now moved from the front of the boat to the back.
“I haven’t stroked Lisa in a very long time, so we’re still learning and finding ways to use our speed and the best way to work together.
“Using his speed means we can get off the start line and then I really try to optimize him on the course using his power, so that’s great.
“Lisa is the engine of what I put together (as a shot), so my role is a bit more technical and Lisa is pure power and speed.”
Being so close to New Zealand’s most successful Olympian is not lost on Hoskin.
“It’s awesome, I love it.”
Hoskin says she is enjoying the challenge of her new role and the pressure that comes with it and is gaining confidence during this World Cup campaign.
“I just try to soak up as much of my time with Lisa as possible.
“You can never take what she has achieved for granted and so we always try to learn from her.
Hoskin and Carrington along with 18-year-old Tara Vaughn and Olivia Brett competed in the K4 final last weekend.
The goal is to finalize the best combinations before the World Championships in Canada in August.
“We use the World Cup to test different combinations and seats, finding ways to optimize each other and get the most out of each other.
Last weekend’s Czech regatta was their first international event together and Hoskin is sure they can make the most of it in the Polish competition this weekend.
“We’ve taken a lot of confidence out of it and we’ve come up with a few things that have really worked for us as a crew, while we’re also looking at a few opportunities that we can take this weekend that hopefully we’ll see. will make it faster.”
New Zealand canoe sprint team at World Cup regattas in the Czech Republic and Poland.
Kayaking for women
Olivia Brett (Arawa Canoe Club)
Lisa Carrington (Oriental Bay Boating Club)
Alicia Hoskin (North Shore Canoe Club)
Tara Vaughan (North Shore Canoe Club)
Kayaking for men
Max Brown (Whanganui Kayak and Multisport Club)
Ben Duffy (Arawa Canoe Club)
Zach Ferkins (Bay of Poverty Canoe Club)
Kurtis Imrie (Mana Kayak Club)
Hamish Legarth (Hawkes Bay Kayak Racing Club)
Ben McCallum (Waitara Kayak Club)
James Munro (Otago Kayak Racing Club)
Ashton Reiser (North Shore Canoe Club)
Quaid Thompson (Poverty Bay Kayak Club)