The varied roads from Tasmania to Tokyo were revealing their numerous twists this week as the state's top athletes ramped up their Olympic assaults.
As paddler Daniel Watkins became the first Tasmanian confirmed on the Australian team for 2020, would-be teammates were in action from Hobart to Berlin with the Japanese capital uppermost in their thoughts.
The Tasmanian track and field championships featured several athletes on the Olympic radar with Hobart brothers Hamish and Huw Peacock and North-West sprinter Morgan Gaffney all underlining their cases with state titles at the Domain.
Meanwhile in Germany, accidents and injuries were plaguing hopes of a five-ring reunion for Rio Olympic roommates Georgia Baker, of Perth, and West Pine's Amy Cure.
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Launceston swimming sensation Ariarne Titmus and King Island distance runner Stewart McSweyn are in the enviable position of choosing which events they will look to target in Tokyo.
And the state's hottest prospects in sports from rowing and hockey to shooting and skateboarding are finalising preparations ahead of final selection events.
All are hoping to team up with Watkins who received his ticket to Tokyo in what turned into a Tasmanian get-together on Friday as the Hobart 24-year-old was congratulated by national Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman and Paddle Australia president Andrea McQuitty.
"As a proud Tasmanian myself it's great to have Daniel selected to the team as another representative of our island state," said Chesterman, a Legana sport administrator who has filled the role at six Winter Olympics.
"Bringing together athletes from every corner of the country is part of what makes the Australian Olympic team so special and I'm sure Tasmanians will be celebrating Daniel's announcement.
"Daniel has incredible talent and it's been fantastic to follow his continued development to now make his first Olympics."
Known as 'Dan the van-man', Watkins spends months each year trekking through wild terrain in his van to explore Australia's natural whitewater wonders.
"Making the Olympic team means everything to me, it can change your life forever," he said. "It's the pinnacle of our sport and I'm still overwhelmed.
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"When I made it through the selection trials and knew I secured the spot, I had super strong emotions for the next few hours. It's hard to put into words how it feels after paddling for 10 years to make an Olympic team - it's very powerful."
Watkins and Lucien Delfour, of NSW, secured their passage by winning the Paddle Australia selection trials in February in C1 and K1 respectively, at the Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships in Auckland and Australian titles in Penrith.
Their selection takes the announced Australian team for Tokyo 2020 to 21. It is expected to be about 480-strong at the Games.
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