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European Travel and Canoe Sprint World Cups for UniSA Student

Posted By UniSA Sport on 15/05/2017

A UniSA student is competing at the Canoe Sprint World Cup, with Cat McArthur selected in the Australian Senior Sprint Kayak Team.

McArthur, who is in her final year of a Physiotherapy degree, will be travelling around Europe for the next few months competing in a number of events.

First, she will compete in World Cup 2 in Szeged, Hungary, at the end of this month before going to Belgrade, Serbia, at the beginning of June for World Cup 3.

Most European countries use these two events as selection for the World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, in August, which McArthur has already qualified for.

This means that the standard of racing is going to be extremely high, something McArthur is looking forward to.

“I am very excited to be able to line up with the best and I am feeling in really good shape to be able to give it a good go,” McArthur said.

Both canoe and kayak disciplines will be raced over 200 metre, 500 metre and 1000 metre distances.

McArthur is competing in the K1 (single) 1000m event, the K4 (four person) and the K2 (double) 500m events.

Considering she is about to compete against the best kayakers from all around the world, it is interesting to note that McArthur only started kayaking when she was 16 as it was a sport offered at the high school she attended.

Once she left school, she began to take kayaking more seriously and has been on national teams ever since, something McArthur has loved.

“Being able to travel each year on Under 23 and Senior Teams has been a great experience and I have loved being a part of a team environment competing for my country,” she said.

All the international and interstate travelling however has taken a toll on McArthur’s studies.

She has had to undertake her degree in both full and part time loads, though she is hoping to graduate at the end of this year.

This busy schedule of study, training and competitions means that McArthur is grateful for the Amateur Athlete Grant given to her from UniSA Sport.

It means she won’t have to worry about covering the work shifts she will miss while on a training camp on the Gold Coast this month and while she is travelling for the competitions, and can devote more time to training and study.

Good luck to Cat in all her competitions from everyone at UniSA Sport.