Alyssa Bull will team up with Alyce Burnett in Rio, where the pair will make their Olympic debuts in the K2 500m event after winning both selection events against London Olympians Naomi Flood and Jo Brigden-Jones.
Bull has been involved in Surf Lifesaving since she was 6 years old. She started ski paddling in 2011 at age 16 for surf lifesaving. Two years later, in 2013, Bull started paddling kayaks and she competed in her first national kayak competition before going on to represent Australia at the Junior World Championships in Canada the very same year, where she placed 8th.
She started her sporting career as in elite Ironwoman before turning to kayak sprint events. She was the under 17 Australian Ironwoman Champion in 2012. She won a round in the professional Nutri-Grain Series in 2012/13.
Bull and Burnett, both from the Sunshine Coast, secured two Olympic quota spots at the Oceania Championships in Adelaide, February 2016.
The under-23 World Championship bronze medallists have been training in the Gold Coast during the lead up to Rio 2016. Bull has completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment at TAFE wants to be a firefighter.
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Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
K2 500m Women
Buderim, QLD, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 1st (K2 500) – 2016 National Sprint Championships (Perth, Australia)
- 1st (K2 500) – 2016 Oceania Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
- 16th (K2 500) – 2015 ICF World Championships (Milan, Italy)
- 3rd (K2 500) – 2015 ICF U23 World Championships (Montemor-0-Velho, Portugal)
- 8th (K2 500) – 2015 ICF World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany)
- Winning a bronze medal in K2 500m with Alyce Burnett at U23 World Championships in Portugal in 2015
- Winning the K2 500m selection events to earn a spot onto the 2016 Australian Olympic Team.
- Back in the day of Surf Ironwoman racing, winning a round in the Nutri-Grain series of 2012/13.
- Siena Catholic Primary School (QLD, Australia) Grade 1-7 (2001 - 2008)
- Siena Catholic College (QLD, Australia) Grade 8-12 (2009 - 2013)
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, TAFE Gold Coast (2015)
Anna Wood (2015 - Current), Shane Dalziel (2013-2015)
Sunshine Coast Canoe CLub
Queensland Academy of Sport
Primary Training Base
Miami, Gold Coast, QLD
Secondary Training Base
Sunshine Coast, QLD
- I don't think I have but I do really like the colour orange. So I tend to race with an orange watch on.
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Anywhere with snow
- Favourite music
- Ed Sheeran
- Dream car
- Any Audi
- Personal Motto
- It's a good day for it
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Soda Water
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Snowboard Cross
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- 4x100 Men’s Freestyle Relay, Sydney 2000
- First Olympic Memory?
- Remember bits and pieces from Sydney 2000
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My mum and dad have always encouraged me to just do the best I can do, in everything I do. Growing up in Surf Life Saving, I always looked up to Kristy Munroe (Ellis) as as Ironwoman.
- Why this sport?
- Because Surf Lifesaving isn't an Olympic sport and kayaking still allows me to compete in both.