Olympic dream alive
DON'T dare suggest to former Old Bonalbo resident Kate Lawrence her Olympic dream is over.
Lawrence will only take part in just one four of the upcoming ICF World Cup K1 canoe slalom events in Europe, starting in Slovenia from June 26.
This is after she missed out on Australia's top three in February and March in qualifying.
Lawrence had a mortgage as an Australian World Cup member from 2005-10 but the nation's emerging younger brigade stood in her way.
“Unfortunately I made some mistakes during qualifying and it's a sport where you can't do that,” Lawrence said.
“Especially at the moment with Australia being such a force at K1 level. Last September we had three girls in a K1 final in Slovenia and I don't think that's ever happened before.”
Australia's impressive K1 team at the moment includes emerging star Jess Fox, Sarah Grant and Lawrence, as well as her younger sister Ros.
Just one of the above quartet will be chosen for the London 2012 Olympics.
But Lawrence is not giving up on her dream of getting on that plane just yet.
“I don't really see this as my last chance,” she said.
“If I miss out on making the Games, I'll consider my options
"But there are women that are still competitive in this sport in their 40s.”
Lawrence's one and only World Cup meeting will be at Prague in the Czech Republic from August 12-14 because of her fourth place in qualifying.
“It was disappointing to not make the top three but I want to go over there and pick up a medal,” the gold medalist from the 2008 Augsburg World Cup in Germany said.
“Prague will be a strong field – all the competitors in that will also contest the world championships (in Bratislava, Slovakia, from September 6- 11).”
Joining Lawrence in World Cup action will be younger sister Ros who will compete at all four World Cup slalom events at K1 and C1 level.
The 21-year-old has also had past World Cup success – she was the overall World Cup winner in 2009.
“I want to win medals over in Europe,” she said.
Ros credits older sisters Kate and Jacqui (silver medalist in women's K1 at the Beijing Olympics in 2008) for her meteoric rise in the sport.
“There's a definite rivalry there,” Ros said.
“Both sisters are so inspiring.
“It all started for us at Bonalbo Central School where Dad started coaching us and it just went from there.”