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Paris 2024 duo Burgess and Woods in Slalom Oceania Champs action

Adam Burgess kicked off his 2024 with a bronze medal at the Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships in Penrith over the weekend, whilst Kimberley Woods finished fourth and fifth in her events.

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Photo: Graham Fraser

The pair were both selected to represent TeamGB for a second time at this year’s Paris Olympic Games and have started 2024 in Australia, racing alongside a high-profile field that included Jess Fox, Jiri Prskavec and Lukas Rohan.

Selected to race the men’s C1 this summer, Adam eased through the early rounds, before a clean run in the final saw him within the top three to secure bronze against a strong final of local and international athletes.

“I’m really happy to make the podium here. This race was my first full run since breaking my finger back in November, so I didn’t know what to expect. 

“It’s a big boost to see my pace is back already, especially during a heavy period of training too.”

Kimberley Woods was incredibly close to making the podium too, as she prepares to race her second Games in the women’s K1 and new Olympic discipline of Kayak Cross this July.

The Rugby athlete was just two seconds off a podium in the women’s K1, her clean run on the 2025 World Championships course placing her fifth overall. The 2023 World Champion also doubled in the canoe, where she narrowly missed out on a top three place, finishing fourth, including one touch.

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