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Paddle pair power on

Olympic canoe hopefuls Shaun Rubenstein and Mike Arthur are hard at training in Cape Town after having relocated from Johannesburg and Durban respectively.

The pair are looking at qualifying for the new K2 200-metre event at the 2012 Olympics in London.

To maximise their chances they made the bold move to base themselves in Cape Town and concentrate solely on their London goal.

“It has been awesome to be training with Mike and coach Marcus Melck again,” said Rubenstein.

“Mike and I have been racing each other hard every day which has been good fun and course, good training. Marcus has come up with some cool sessions, especially in the gym and both Mike and I are really enjoying the training and improving nicely. And the awesome weather has ensured tht we have had some extremely high quality sessions. I’m really enjoying being in Cape Town and everyday after training I realise that we have made such a good move. We are all very happy and motivation in the Cape amongst us is super high.”

Rubenstein says that being both based in Cape Town for an extended period has shown in training.

“We are paddling three or four times a day, gymning five times a week and running twice a week. We used to just paddle twice a day but now we are paddling more but for slightly shorter periods each time. This means that we have more resting time and then our intensity in the sessions is really high!

“Our first race is only in April but Mike and I race each other properly once a week. We can only use times and each other at the moment but will be training with German’s Ronny Rauhe in March, which will be a good gauge of our form.”

Rauhe was 2004 Olympic champion in Athens, Greece and won silver in Beijing in 2008. He has also been world champion in K1 and K2 (500 and 200m) over the years.

“Our plan is to make our lives down here to focused on winning gold in London that it is as if we are on a constant training camp — a two and a half year camp,” concluded Rubenstein.