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Sharks and all, Gold Coast canals ideal challenge for Tokyo Olympics kayaker Shannon Reynolds – ABC News

Athletes find this Queensland tourist strip’s murky canals a welcome test for Tokyo as the Australian team offers extra mental health support for upcoming, “stressful” Games….

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When surfing star Mick Fanning escaped a shark attack in South Africa’s J-Bay Open surf contest, millions of people were watching.  
Key points:

  • Olympic kayakers hoping Gold Coast canals will give them an extra edge
  • Chef de mission says extra mental health services are to be offered to athletes during and after the Games
  • Olympians say the journey to Tokyo has been an “emotional roller-coaster”

But kayaker Shannon Reynold’s shark encounter on the Gold Coast was a much more solitary affair.
The Olympian,…

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