BUDDINA'S Bill Bain admits the 2016 Olympics are at the back of his mind but there's plenty of boxes to tick between now and then for one of the nation's top up-and-coming paddlers.
"Rio De Janeiro is the ultimate goal but there is a lot of time between now and then and there are a lot of things I can do, different types of paddling, including a lot of surf stuff I might be able to go into," the versatile 18-year-old said.
"I'll see what happens and hopefully I'll be there in four years time when I can have a crack at the Games."
Bain is regarded as a hot kayaking prospect over the short distances, after winning three national titles at the National Sprint Championships last month, including the under-18 K1 1000.
He was also the fifth fastest Australian in the open men's field in the Olympic selection event, the Oceania Sprint Championships.
"I go in to those races with no expectations and try and hold on as long as I can.
"It's not about winning, it's about trying to beat as many of those open guys as I can," Bain said.
"I'll try and get my name in there during the next couple of years and hopefully I'll be a bit bigger name by Rio."
Bain is already an accomplished marathon competitor.
He won the under-18 division of the Marathon World Championships at Singapore last year and yesterday returned from Sydney where he claimed victory in the under-18 division of the Australian Canoe Marathon Championships.
"I had a lot of speed on the other guys, being a predominantly sprint paddler," he said after the 22km race.
"There was a lot of weed on the course, so it was a bit hard to get going and there was a lot of mishaps along the way but I ended up having a fairly good race and came away with the win."
Now, Bain is intent on improving his long distance surf ski skills.
"This year I'm looking to build on my ocean ski racing to try and get up with the older ocean paddlers like Robbo (Clint Robinson) and Martin Kenny.
"I'm looking at Molokai (the 52km World Championships next month) and a race in the Caribbean in a couple of weeks. I'm going to look at what good guys are attending and will try and get as much experience against them as I can.
"The furthest I've gone is about 30km, so I'm going to have to get in there and have a good dig at it."
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