TASMANIA'S teenage paddling sensation Emily Probert will return home to the apple isle with a record haul of six gold medals from the Australian Outrigger Association's national sprint titles held on Lake Kawana.
The Burnie youngster, representing the Cradle Coast Outrigger Canoe Club, produced one of the finest displays of outrigger paddling from any junior seen at a national championships.
Probert started her non-stop three-day paddling adventure by winning the world championship qualifier in the U16 V1 rudderless class boat over 500m on Friday.
That was just a warm-up for the talented teen who was the name on everyone's lips when paddling came to a close yesterday.
She may have to pay for excess baggage after winning gold medals in the U16 girls V1 rudderless national title on Friday, then backing up on the weekend with wins in the 16 years and under OC1 final over 250m, the 19 years and under OC1 final, the open mixed OC2 final with Paine, the under-16 mixed OC2 final with teammate Lewis Revel and the under-19s mixed OC2 final.
The 15-year-old Marist College Year 10 student also qualified for the open women's final but with such a heavy schedule withdrew to concentrate on her age events.
"To win the world championship qualifier was amazing…..I never expected that. To go on and win six gold medals was beyond my wildest dreams that's for sure," said the bubbly red head.
"The under-16 OC1 race was really good, but to line up against Rebecca Rasmussen in the 19s and to beat her was very special after she beat me last year. That was top notch. There's a real rivalry between us girls which is great.
"I'm just proud to represent Tassie and for the paddlers from Cradle Coast to send out a message to the rest of the outrigger paddlers that we are coming for them."
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