A trio of Bendigo paddlers will test themselves against the world's best on Europe's waters.
Ashlee Ilott, Imogen Douglass and James Humphry will represent Australia at the 2019 ICF Junior and Under-23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships to be held at Bosnia and Herzegovina later this month.
They will all be competing in solo events, but one thing they have in common is their determination to give their absolute best efforts on the water.
"It's all about the experience, meeting new people, paddling different rivers and becoming a better athlete," Douglass said.
"I enjoy the feeling of pushing myself and coming away with good results."
Douglass has been canoeing for six years, with four of those at a competitive level.
The Bendigo Canoe Club products qualified for the international competition after top performances earlier this year on Tasmania's Mersey River at the Australian Wildwater Nationals.
Since qualifying for the event in Tasmania all three have been hard at work preparing for the international competition on the water, but also off the water.
Ilott has been involved with the sport for four years and the trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina will also mark her first trip overseas.
"It's such a great opportunity and will be an amazing experience," Ilott said.
"I never imagined that I would make it this far in this sport.
"In the lead up I've been doing work in the gym to build up strength around my arms, legs and core."
Since the world-class performances at the nationals on the Mersey River, Humphry is confident that he has improved both physically and mentally, thanks to multiple paddling and gym sessions every week.
But the toughest element of his trip to Bosnia which he's ready to overcome is excelling in both short and long distance events.
"It will a challenge. I've always been better at classic long distance endurance events but I will need to make sure I excel in the sprints as well," Humphry said.
"I'm making sure that I've done enough training for both types of events."
The trip to Europe will mark Humphry's second time competing at a world junior championship event.
"I am proud of myself for making it onto the team and also honoured to represent Australia," he said.
The top efforts from the trio have come under the expert guidance of Bendigo Canoe Club coaches Tony Misson, Maddie Batters and Greg Cowling.
"They have all done a great job to get to where they are, it's been a long journey," Misson said.
"They are all highly skilled."
One of Misson's goals is to always see his paddlers perform at their highest level, and to also extend the opportunity to those who might be interested in taking on the sport at a competitive level.
"We always want to encourage new paddlers," Misson said.
"There is a new program commencing at the end of October and we want to encourage young families as canoeing might be a good sport for them."
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