Aussies Wrap – Day 1 Open Championships – 20 April
OLYMPIANS TAKE GOLD ON FIRST DAY OF OPENS COMPETITION AT AUSSIES
Already selected for the Tokyo Olympic Games in just under 100 days, Fitzsimmons and Tame teamed up with Peter Mitchell to successfully defend their Open Ski Relay title for the Avoca Beach SLSC, claiming one of the first gold medals on offer. They were able to take the gold ahead Northcliffe SLSC (Qld) and Newport (NSW).
Fitzsimmons was tagged for the final leg sitting in third position but managed to ski his side back into top spot as he rounded the final can.
“We’ve been with the Avoca club since we were four or five years old and we’ve stuck through and through. So it’s awesome to put the team together to come away with the gold after the year we’ve had,” said Fitzsimmons.
“Next up, we’ll be lining up in the K2 1000m and K4 500m at the (Paddle Australian) Canoe Sprint Championships – it’s going to be our last opportunity to really practice and perform before we go over to Tokyo. So a lot of preparation is going to go into that racing at Nationals, really practicing those one percenters on and off the water.”
The Open Men’s Ski Relay final was a star studded Olympic field, Fitzsimmons and Tame lined up alongside fellow Olympians including Australian Olympic Team Deputy Chef de Mission and triple Olympian Ken Wallace (Tugun SLSC) as well as 1996 Olympic kayaker Jim Walker (North Bondi SLSC).
Fitzsimmons’ partner and Nutri-Grain IronWoman Georgia Miller also enjoyed the first day of competition, teaming up with fellow Ironwoman Hannah Sculley and BMD Northcliffe team mate Mackenzie Duffy to take out the Female Open Ski Relay.
Miller earlier in the day cruised through the Open Ironwoman heats as she looks to defend her Australian Ironwoman crown.
“It’s incredible to be here, we’re all so happy that we’re finally on the beach – it’s been two years now so we’ve been at the Aussies and I’m so excited,” Miller said.
“We started this morning with an Ironwoman, so to get into it straight away is awesome. And then I’ve finished the day with two gold medals in the ski relay and surf teams – you can’t get much better than Aussies gold.
“Hopefully now I can keep the momentum going as we head into the heats and finals in the days to come.”
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