Australian Paralympic Team Launch
20th June 2016

Together with athletes from every Australian Paralympic Team since 1960, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, members of Parliament, and media, Susan and some of her team mates attended the official APC 2016 Australian Paralympic Team Launch at ANZ Stadium, in Sydney. This was followed by pre-games celebrations hosted by Cadbury at the Sydney Aquatic Centre. Susan and fellow athletes preparing for Rio were presented with a beautiful book filled with 4000 messages of support from the Australian public. Thank you to the Australian Paralympic Committee and Cadbury!

 

 

Australian Paralympic Team Announced
16th June 2016

Susan is proud and honored to be officially announced along with 5 other athletes as the first Australians in history to compete in Paracanoe at the Paralympics Games. The team was surrounded by friends, family, supporters and media at the announced made by Rio Paralympic Games Chef de Mission, Kate McLoughlin. Visit the Australian Paralympic Committee website to read Susan's profile.

 

 

ICF Paracanoe World Championships
19th -21st May 2016

The Australian Paracanoe Team competed at the ICF Paracanoe World Championships in Duisburg, Germany on the 19th-21st of May. Susan came 2nd in her K1 200m heat and progressed straight into the Final. She raced well in the cold conditions to secure the Bronze medal in the women's (KL2) K1 200m final. In the (VL2) V1 200m direct final, Susan dominated the field to win the Gold medal and successfully defend her World Championship Title. She would like to thank Australian Canoeing for their continued support and the team support staff and coaches.

 

 

National Team Announced
6th March 2016

Following the completion of the two domestic selection trials, Susan is proud to announce her reselection onto the 2016 Australian Paracanoe Team in both K1 and V1. She will compete at the 2016 ICF World Championships in Duisburg, Germany on the 19th-21st of May.

 

 

Australian Canoeing National Championships
2nd-6th March 2016

Susan has won six Gold medals from six races at the Australian Canoeing National Sprint Championships, held at Champion Lakes in Perth, Western Australia. In the Paralympic selection event the 200m K1 (KL2) race she had a convincing lead and won in a Personal Best time. She then went on to collect victories in the 500m and 1000m K1 (KL2) races. Her other wins came from the 200m, 500m, and 1000m V1 (VL2) events. Having won both Paralympic selection races Susan will be nominated to the Australian Paralympic Committee for selection onto the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team. Susan would like to thank Australian Canoeing, Queensland Academy of Sport, and her coach and support staff for all their help.

 

 

Oceania Champion
12th -14th February 2016

Susan competed at the Australian Canoeing Oceania Championships, held at Adelaide's West Lakes in South Australia. She raced her own newly imported K1 to victory in the KL2 200m race to win the Paralympic selection event and the title of Oceania Champion. Over the three day event, she won a total of six Gold medals in the KL2 and VL2 events, racing over 200m, 500m, and 1000m. The second selection event will be held in March at the National Championships. Susan would like to acknowledge the support of Australian Canoeing and the Queensland Academy of Sport.

 

 

 

National Outrigger Canoe Titles
5th -7th February 2016

The AOCRA National Outrigger Canoe Sprint Titles were held at Lake Kwana on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Susan successfully defended her 2015 National Title in the Adaptive Women V1 TA 500m race and also claimed Gold in the Adaptive 250m race. In the Open Women V1 500m race (against Able-bodied athletes) she came 2nd in her heat and 5th in the final. Susan also competed in two adaptive team events. Her team came a close 2nd in both the OC6 1000m race and OC6 500m race. Susan would like to thank the Burton family, Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club, and the Adaptive crews for their support.

 

 

 

Award Wins
14th November 2015

Susan ended the year honored by three award wins. She received a Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in Paracanoe at the Australian Canoeing Awards Night on November 14th. She was part of the Queensland Paracanoe Team that won the Team of the Year Award at the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association Awards Dinner on November 20th. And finally, Suncare CEO Russell Mason presented Susan the Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club's 2015 award for Outstanding Female Adaptive Paddler, at the club's regatta on January 10th, 2016.

 

 

 

Award Nominations
13th November 2015

Susan has been nominated for 3 different awards for her achievements in Paracanoe this year. She is a finalist for the Sporting Wheelies Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award for the second time, after winning this award last year. For the first time she is a finalist for the Australian Canoeing Paracanoist of the Year Award and also for the first time, she is the only female finalist for the Queensland Sport Athlete with a Disability Award.

 

 

 

ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
19th-23rd August 2015

The Australian Paracanoe Team trained at the AIS European Training Centre in Northern Italy before moving to Milan to compete at the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships. Susan raced in the second heat for the K1 200m KL2 (formerly TA) and placed 2nd. She was fifth fastest out of 15 athletes and progressed straight into the final were she claimed the Bronze medal and qualified one quota place for Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Susan went on to win a Gold Medal and her maiden World Title in the V1 200m VL2 (formerly TA) final in a Personal Best time and a winning margin of 4 seconds. She was also the only woman in V1 to dip under the one minute barrier at the championships.

 

 

 

Australian Team Selected
15th March 2015

After competing successfully at two selection events, Susan is very proud to announce she has been reselected onto the 2015 Australian Paracanoe Team for K1 and for the first time V1. She will be competing in both boats at the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Milan, Italy.

 

 

 

Australian Canoeing National Sprint Championships
10th-15th March 2015

Susan has preformed impressively at the Australian Canoeing National Sprint Championships held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. She won six Gold medals for all six events in her TA class, three K1 and three V1 races over 200m, 500m, and 1000m. She also achieved three personal best times. Susan would like to thank all the people who helped all the paracanoe athletes during the event and acknowledge the fantastic support of Australian Canoeing and the Queensland Academy of Sport.

 

 

National Outrigger Canoe Sprint Titles
30th January-1st February 2015

The AOCRA National Outrigger Canoe Sprint Titles were held over three days at Lake Kwana in Queensland. Susan competed in both individual and team events and had seven races in total. She won Gold in the Adaptive Women V1 TA 500m and claimed Silver in the Open Women V1 500m (against able-bodied athletes). Her team won Gold in the 500m OC6 Adaptive Mixed race and Silver in the 1000m OC6 Adaptive Mixed race. Susan and her team mate Dean won Gold in the Open OC2 Mixed 250m race and were awarded The Gowland Perpetual Trophy for fastest time in the mixed pairs.

 

 

Senior Athlete of the Year Award
21st November 2014

Susan has ended the year on a high, winning the 2014 Senior Athlete of the Year Award at the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association Awards Dinner. She was also nominated for Most Improved Athlete of the Year. Susan was honored to win the award for her sporting achievements in Para canoe.

 

 

IVF Va'a World Championships
12th-17th August 2014

Susan travelled to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the 16th IVF World Va'a (Outrigger Canoe) Championships. She achieved a Personal Best time in the 500m V1 Open Women race where she ended up 30th in the world out of 67 Able-Bodied athletes. In her Para race she claimed the Silver medal for the Women V1 200m TA race. The Australian Adaptive Team raced a 6 person outrigger canoe to claim two World Records and win Gold in both the 500m and 1000m races.

 

 

ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
6th-10th August2014

The 2014 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships were held at "Krylatskoye" course in Moscow, Russia. The five day event combined Para and Able-bodied races for canoe and kayak over 200m, 500m, and 1000m distances with athletes from seventy-seven countries competing. Susan won her heat and achieved a Personal Best time to progress directly into the final were she finished 6th in the World in the Women K1 200m TA race.

 

 

Road to Worlds
30th June 2014

The Australian Para-canoe Team, consisting of six athletes, two coaches, team manager and physiotherapist, will travel to Varese in Northern Italy for a month of training at the AIS European Training Centre. They then fly to Moscow, Russia for the 2014 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, which will be held on the 6th to 10th of August. Following the competition in Russia, Susan and two of her team mates will be flying directly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete at the 2014 IVF Outrigger Canoe World Championships, which will be held on the 12th to 17th August.

 

Australian Team
31st March 2014

Following her performances at the National Championships, Susan is very proud to announce she has been selected onto the 2014 Australian Para Canoe Team. She will be going to compete in K1 at the 2014 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Check out Susan's profile on the Australian Canoeing Website.

 

National Sprint Championships
26th-30th March 2014

Susan went to the Australian Canoeing National Sprint Championships held over five days at West Lakes in South Australia. She competed in eight races in both K1and V1 classes over 1000m, 500m, and 200m distances. She was very pleased with her performances, achieving personal best times in every race. She returned home with three gold medals.

 

World Qualifier
31st February 2014

After competed at the Australian Outrigger Canoe World Sprint Qualifiers at Lake Kawana, Susan has qualified to compete at the 2014 IVF World Outrigger Canoe Championships in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Susan will be joining the Australian Adaptive Paddlers Team and competing in both individual and team races.