Maddie Batters trains on Lake Weeroona.

BENDIGO Canoe Club members are paddling their way into the new year, with stellar results earning some athletes selection on the 2019 Australian Wildwater national teams.

Maddie Batters and Imogen Douglass will race as part the Senior World Championships K1 Women’s team at the ICF Wildwater World Championships in Spain in September, while the pair will also compete in France in June at the ICF Wildwater World Cup.

James Humphrey has been selected in the junior national K1 Men’s team to compete in Bosnia and Herzegovina in July, while Imogen Douglass and Ashlee Ilott will race as part of the K1 Women’s team.

The selections came following the national titles held in January at Tasmania’s Upper Mersey Whitewater Course.

Coach Tony Misson said the Bendigo paddlers raced well, and that it takes hard work to get to such a high level.

“It’s a mixture of having the skills, and having the training background,” he said.

The club is now looking ahead to the Victorian sprint titles in Nagambie later this month, with eight medals up for grabs.

Sam Kane