Junior outrigger Crystal Kosmidis in action at Urangan's Marina.
Junior outrigger Crystal Kosmidis in action at Urangan's Marina. Alistair Brightman

Crystal thrives despite lack of experience in new vessel

A MOVE to a more difficult vessel has not stopped Hervey Bay Outrigger Canoe club's Crystal Kosmidis from achieving success at major competitions.

The 13-year-old, who followed mum Vanessa into the sport, finished fifth at the Aussie Aito in Mooloolaba late last month.

It was a top result for the junior paddler, who moved into the new class just five months ago.

Crystal is on the water about four times per week.

Two junior training sessions during the week, a joint session with seniors on Saturday and a "fun day” with other members on Sunday ensures she gets to perfect the technique she hopes will keep her entrenched in the top five competitors at the upcoming OC 1/2 and V1 series.

"I won't be the top this year but I think I'll go pretty well,” Crystal said. "I want to be in the top five until the end of the year.”

The first race of the Southern Queensland zone competition is held at Noosa on July 22, with the second hosted by Fraser Coast Outrigger Canoe Club on August 12.

For Crystal however, the thrill of competition and strive to succeed are not the main drivers of her love for the aquatic sport.

"I enjoy that I get to be out on the water and I get to see wildlife, but I also get to meet new friends from places like New Zealand and Gold Coast,” she said.



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