The ICF Junior and Under 23 World Championships are now well underway in the picturesque town of Murau in Austria. There are 250 athletes from 19 nations taking part and the competition is intense. Nature has presented it's own challenges - the normally peaceful River Mur was transformed into a raging torrent in the run up to the competition - goung from around 30 Cumecs to a peak of around 150 Cumecs! It is worth having a look at the river gauges for the last three months to see how the river was transformed into a raging torrent overnight.
Team GB coped admirably - and with river levels approaching normality has a great first day with some great individual performances. This shows the progress over the last few years across all disciplines with stand-out performances in Canoe and Kayak.
Today we have the morning practicing the sprint course through the town and this afternoon starting at 1pm CET we have the Team Race - we wish good luck and great racing to all our athletes.
For those wishing to get up-to-the-minute updates there is live streaming at http://www.murau2017.com/live
There is more information on the ICF and Wildwater Racing Facebook Pages and Regional Kanu Sport Stiermark