Fisher brushes up on German

By SHANE HURNDELL

Hawke's Bay kayaker Aimee Fisher is on the hunt for somebody to give her a few pointers on the German lingo.
Fisher will be the sole Hawke's Bay representative in the New Zealand team of six girls and five boys which will compete at the Junior World Sprint Kayaking Championships in Brandenburg during July.
"We don't have a German teacher here at school but I'm sure I will find somebody," said the Karamu High School year 12 student.
Apart from that hunt and the need to fundraise $8000 towards the trip Fisher, 16, is thrilled with the support she is getting as she prepares for her second international assignment.
Fisher, who has the potential to be the Hawke's Bay Kayaking Club's equivalent of the Hawke's Bay Rowing Club's Olympian and former junior world champion Emma Twigg, has been training up to two hours seven times a week since her selection was announced.
Experienced senior paddlers Ben Bennett and Hamish Lack and coach Pip Pearse have been paddling with her and have modified club training programmes to suit Fisher. They have been putting up to 15kg of resistance on their paddles so they don't get ahead of Fisher and they can give her plenty of pointers.
"That's a huge and often uncomfortable sacrifice on their behalf and I really appreciate it," said Fisher. "In the past I have struggled to train by myself because I've struggled to focus. But the other day I did 6km by myself and Pip was impressed."
Another key to Fisher's buildup to Brandenburg has been the two sessions she has each week with personal trainer and Aspyre Fitness trainer Jamie Loughran.
"Jamie has been amazing. He gives me so much advice and goes out of his way to understand kayaking.


"Because kayaking isn't a common sport Jamie does heaps of research. He focuses on muscle groups related to kayaking ... he has had a major impact on my speed as well as wellbeing and safety," said Fisher.
"My school has also been really supportive in terms of allowing time off for trainings as well as the trip which will see us spend three weeks in the Czech Republic training before competing in the Czech nationals before going to Germany."
Fisher's first international assignment back in January saw her collect two gold medals and two bronze at the Australian Grand Prix 2 Regatta in Sydney. She won her under-16 K1 200m final and combined with Bay of Plenty's Karina Radley to win gold in the under-18 K2 200m final.
Her bronzes were won in the K1 500m final and the under-18 K4 500m final.
"When Karina and I won gold everyone remarked if we could win gold there in our first event together what could we do at the worlds," recalled Fisher.
While combinations for Germany won't be confirmed until a Rotorua-hosted Queen's Birthday Weekend training camp it will be a surprise if the selectors don't stick with this winning combo. Fisher hopes she gets a crack at the K1 200m and K2 200m events in Germany.
"It would be amazing if we got a medal this time as it is an under-19 event. My best chance will be in two years time ... this trip is all about getting the necessary experience which will assist my 2013 trip," explained Fisher.
There's no doubt about it ... Fisher is doing all the right stuff on and off the water.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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