Following in the footsteps of his Olympic gold medal winning brother, Warilla's Scott Smith has emerged as a possible contender for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
The 20-year-old announced himself on the international stage at the inaugural under-23 World Championships in Toronto in August where he finished sixth as a member of the Australian K4 team.
It comes after older brother David won bronze in the final of his first major competition after his London glory in the K4 1000m.
Father Martin said the exciting new division is the ideal place for Scott to press his claims for Rio.
"It's obviously a man strength sport and the gulf between under 18s and the opens was just too great," Martin Smith said.
"The under 23s gives the younger guys a division to slot into with world championships, so they're not lost to the sport, waiting around for four and five years to get a crack at an Olympic team."
David Smith cracked his first Olympic selection in Beijing in 2008 at the age of 20, before going on to win Olympic gold in London and Scott will be 23 when the team for Brazil is chosen.
While admitting that he loves to think about the prospect, Martin is realistic about Scott's chances.
"You never say never but there are only seven spots available across K4, K2 and K1 and the top seven-to-10 kayakers in Australia are in such a high class. It will be an extraordinarily hard team to make," he said.
Martin also said it was unlikely that any of the Olympic gold-medal-winning quartet would be unseated in the lead up to Rio.
"They're real brothers in arms, they're very solid with each other and barring injury I can't see anything breaking that up," he said.
David, along with teammates Tate Smith, Murray Stewart and Jacob Clear, led for most of the K4 1000 World Championship A Final in Duisberg, Germany on Sunday only to be relegated to bronze by fast finishing Russian and Czech Republic teams.
"They led at the 750-metre mark but couldn't quite get there," Martin said. "It was a fantastic result considering they had a domestic preparation, while the other crews had a solid northern hemisphere summer with three or four World Cup meets leading in."
Martin said that the championships were the beginning of a slow and steady preparation for the crew following their London heroics.
'It's the first year out [of London] so it's been a low key preparation. Of course every race matters, every competition matters, but you can't stay at the cutting edge all the time," he said.
"They're dabbling in some other events, some K2s and things like that and they'll probably maintain that low key preparation into next year but one year out in the qualification year  they'll step it up."