Canoe-sprinting back to fitness

17 February 2014

Tony KirschsteinFirst year Construction Management student Tony Kirschstein-Smith says that his Alumni Fund Award for Sport encouraged him to get off his crutches and back in training.

Now a sprint canoeist Tony was originally interested in canoe slalom, but with limited access to white water near where he lived he had to adjust his love of water sports accordingly.

During the winter months Tony’s training is land-based so he trains around six or seven times a week.  As the weather improves this can increase to 10 to 12 sessions a week. 

Tony has only recently moved from u18 to u23 and his next big race is in April.  In preparation he will spend some time cross training at home with his brothers.  His ambition is to race at the senior world championships.

His message to donors:  “Thank you so much.  I recently picked up an ankle injury, but your support has helped me to get off my crutches and back into training and I’m looking forward to the opportunities it will bring to me.”

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