Marathon man to hit world stage

POWER: Casey Haynes training on Lake Weeroona. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

POWER: Casey Haynes training on Lake Weeroona. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

CASEY Haynes has been selected to represent Australia at the World Marathon Canoe Kayak Championships. 

The 18-year-old is set to travel to Oklahoma in the United States to try his luck against the best kayakers in the world. 

After finishing second at the national titles in the Men's under-23 K1, Haynes qualified for the world championships. 

It will be the second time the Bendigo La Trobe University student has competed overseas. 

Last year, Haynes went to Copenhagen, he finished 32nd in the 25 kilometre race. 

"I really enjoyed competing last year and I got motivated to do it again," he said. 

"This year I am in the under-23 event and most of the competitors are top age so it will be a tough race.

"I am not much of a sprinter so I will have to grit it out in the wash pack and try and hold my own." 

Haynes said his dream would be to win a medal. 

"I want to continue to race for Australia and get more experience on the world stage," he said. 

Haynes is also calling for support from the Bendigo community to help him get to the championships.

He said if anyone wanted to throw their support behind him, they could contact him on  0488 220 479.

The World Championships begin on September 20.

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