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Kiwi kayaker hitting all the right notes as he aims for Tokyo Olympics spot

Preparing to make his international debut at next month's Canoe Sprint World Cup in Poland, Kiwi kayaker Max Brown's talents off the water are playing a part in helping him compete at the highest level.

Away from his time in his kayak, 24-year old Brown is an accomplished musician, teaching guitar at Cambridge East Primary School, funding his bid to compete at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

"The music teaching just pays the rent, and the four eggs for breakfast, never ending food bill," Brown told 1 NEWS.

"It does help me get overseas."

While success on the water would be a plus, Brown's musical passion is certainly benefitting his fellow kayakers.

"I remember once I was up at Orewa at a festival, and there was a piano one side of the road," teammate Kurtis Imrie says.

"He was jamming and the whole crowd comes in and it was really awesome."

Brown studied a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz in Wellington, before trying to balance his two passions nearly saw the end of his competitive career.

"I was sitting down playing guitar, studying for eight hours a day, and then trying to train three or four hours as well," Brown said.

"I just pushed the limit too much and I slipped a disk in my back which was not fun - I was way to young to be slipping disks."

Two years on though, Brown is back in his kayak, putting his musical aspirations temporarily on hold in his bid to seal a spot in Tokyo.

However, that doesn't mean he's going to be putting the guitar down any time soon.

"The dream would be to go on stage with guys like John Mayer or Eric Clapton."

So when Brown heads to Europe for the World Cup next month, you can be sure he'll have his trusty guitar in his luggage.

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    Preparing for Olympic qualification, Max Brown is balancing competing with music. Source: 1 NEWS


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