The Rio 2016 Olympic dream is one step closer for K2 pair Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett after victory at the Oceania Championships
By
Ann Odong

13 Feb 2016 - 2:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Feb 2016 - 2:32 PM

Sunshine Coast pair Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett have paddled closer to a place on the Australian Olympic Team after claiming victory in the Oceania Championships women’s K2 500 final and second Grand Prix regatta in Adelaide.

Bull and Burnett held off the first finishing duo of Jo Brigden-Jones and Naomi Flood by 0.92 seconds to take out the first Olympic selection trial in a time of 1:47.82.

 “We have always just been touched out every race so to finally put it all together and come up with a win is great,” said Burnett of their breakthrough win.

“To be one step ahead of everyone in the Olympic selection process is obviously the biggest bonus, but its lots of hard work now and in a few weeks we have to do it all again so hopefully we can replicate that.”

With a much needed boost under their belt, the team now returns to their home base on the Gold Coast to continue prepare for the National Sprint Championships.

“We have been working really hard,” said under-23 World Championship bronze medallist Bull.

“We have been doing what we need to work on in training and it’s starting to pay off, we are starting to put in some good races.”

“So that is all we can hope for, we are doing our best at the moment and we are just going to keep doing that leading into Nationals.”

The National Sprint Championships will be held at Champion Lakes in Perth from 2 to 6 March 2016.