Definitely being away from your family and friends on weekends is a big sacrifice, as well as moving work around to get those extra sessions in during the week.

Captain of the Team Cronulla open men’s crew, Josh Casemore breaks down the crews preparation for Moloka’i.

The right man for the job. Josh Casemore, winter training in New South Wales.

Please tell us your name and the club you paddle for.

Josh Casemore from the Cronulla Outrigger Canoe Club.

How many times have you done the Moloka’i race?

2 times.

What was your most successful race? What are your expectations this time?

My most successful race to date was Molokai 2014, we placed 14th overall. We have been working hard with the core opens team and we will be crossing the channel with a completely new structure. Our expectations are to be competitive throughout, and still be fighting at the back end of the race.

As a leader, what are the most important aspects of having a successful Moloka’i race?

Ensuring we are all doing the right training on and off the water. Gradually increasing kms on the water, as well as keeping things high intensity, for power. While we don’t get to train together every day of the week, we make sure that we make the most of each session when we are together.

Please describe how you feel about Moloka’i the race? Why is it important to you?

It’s the pinnacle of our sport. The best crews from around the world are all in one spot, competing in one of the best channels in the world.

Why do you think your team has what it takes to do well at Moloka’i?

I think everyone is keen on learning and improving how they’re paddling. With everyone being open minded about the way we paddle, it goes a long way.

What does your training program look like?

High intense water sessions + gym sessions during the week. Long distance on the weekends.

What are some of the sacrifices you and the team will make to get to Molokai?

Definitely being away from your family and friends on weekends is a big sacrifice, as well as moving work around to get those extra sessions in during the week.

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