A great few days racing and some excellent individual results in the classic and sprint races against the very best athletes in the world. The latest European Canoe Association News is here https://www.facebook.com/notes/european-canoe-association/czech-republic-france-and-germany-top-the-individual-sprint-heats-in-austria/1919595204933952
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Wild Water Junior Europeans and Under23 Pre-World Championships 2016
Murau, Austria played the beautiful host to the biggest Wild Water competition of 2016 for all junior and under 23 athletes. Over the 20th - 24th July, Great Britain was proudly represented by one of the largest teams selected for many years, a total of 21 athletes competed in an outstanding fashion across all the competitive classes, showing the current depth of domestic Wild Water canoeing in Britain. A fantastic three medals where picked up by the under 23’s and many personal best results obtained by our young junior athletes. All round an excellent trip for athletes, staff and parents!
With a cultural opening ceremony on the Wednesday evening the event was officially opened by Albert Woods. Racing kicked off Thursday afternoon with the individual Classic race, this year’s course was an excellent test of skill and fitness with a 20-25 minute race course held over constant, fast flowing, choppy, bouncy water, with a couple of sizable rapids to really test out the competitors handiness on the wild stuff. Outstanding results came from Louise Revell who picked up a fantastic bronze medal in the under 23 K1 woman category and junior Calum Gingell finishing 13th just 6 seconds off the top 10. With one more year to go in his junior career this is a very promising result from the young man. Friday saw the team classic races take place over the same stretch of river, team racing combines the skilful element of getting three paddlers down the river in formation, with a young team full of new faces this year there where many lessons learnt, but again small margins make for exciting prospects for years to come.
Over the weekend the Sprint races where held up in Murau, with the stretch of river running through the town centre making it a perfect spectator spot. The British stepped up and showed their sprinting ability, with many juniors just missing out of finals by small margins. The under 23’s showed how their time on the road competing at the senior world cup races has developed their skills by 8 athletes qualifying for Sundays finals. Top junior result was the C2 pairing of Aaron Kirk and Jack Perchard winning the second qualification run and finishing a credible 8th overall.
Our under 23 womans C1 paddler Rachel Houston showed great resilience in this up and coming class winning both the classic and sprint in style, unfortunately this event was under attended for her results to be recognised with medals but alongside junior C1 paddler Morna Campbell the British future in this event looks strong.
The competition was rounded up with sprint team events, the close proximity of team racing and short nature of the course made any errors costly. The under 23 boys of Mike Rees-Clarke, Rob Jefferies and Ricky Millar stormed the field and clinched a well-deserved bronze medal with 0.6 of second separately 2nd-4th place. The under 23 C1 boys’ team of Andrew Houston, Ryan Hunt and impressive racing up from junior Will Fotheringham also claimed a Bronze.
Overall an excellent trip, with many paddlers looking forward to returning to the same venue next year for the Junior and under 23 World Championships after having gained valuable experience and learnings from this year’s trip, the British will be ones to watch!
Many thanks to all the support team/coaches and parents!
- Calum Gingell (Classic 13th, Sprint 21st, team classic 9th, team sprint 8th)
- Freddie Brown (Classic 30th, Sprint 29th, team classic 9th, team sprint 8th)
- Eddie McDiarmid (Classic 32th, Sprint 28th, team classic 9th, team sprint 8th)
- Connor Turner (Classic 36th, Sprint 33rd)
- Will Fotheringham (Classic 21st, Sprint 20th, under 23 team sprint 3rd)
- Raoul Chappell (Classic 23rd , Sprint 22nd)
- Mona Campbell (Classic 18th, Sprint 17th , team classic 6th, team sprint 6th)
- Laura Milne (Classic 21st, Sprint 23rd , team classic 6th, team sprint 6th)
- Lucy Brown (Classic 28th, Sprint 22nd, team sprint 6th)
- Jodie Ball (Classic 24th, Sprint 25th , team classic 6th)
- Aaron Kirk & Jack Perchard (Classic 11th, Sprint 8th )
- Mona Campbell (Classic 11th, Sprint 12th)
Under 23 MK1
- Ricky Millar (Classic 10th, Sprint 10th , team classic 5th, team sprint 3rd)
- Mike Rees-Clarke (Classic 14th, Sprint 8th , team classic 5th, team sprint 3rd)
- Robert Jefferies (Classic 18th, Sprint 13th , team sprint 3rd)
- Alexander Fotheringham (Classic 17th, Sprint 14th , team classic 5th)
Under 23 C1
- Ryan Hunt (Classic 7th, Sprint 7th, team sprint 3rd)
- Andrew Houston (Classic 8th, Sprint 5th, team sprint 3rd)
Under 23 WK1
- Louise Revell (Classic 3rd, Sprint 5th)
- Rachel Slade (Classic 6th, Sprint 6th)
Under 23 WC1
- Rachel Houston (Classic 1st, Sprint 1st)
Coaches/support staff – Nicky Cresser/Sandra Hyslop/Mags Nixon/Hannah Brown