17th September continued:
The team were joined by Jonnie Schofield after a relaxing week in Sweden.
Jonnie has made a welcome return to wildwater racing after a few years taking the flatwater 200m K2 by storm. He is now back to his roots in a wildwater racing boat, looking as if he never too a sabbatical.
18th September: Saw the safe arrival of Calum Gingell, Victoria Murray and Wills Fotheringham. They were treated to a sunny evening walk of the course. Plus the team’s first off roading in the land rover. First practice session on the course tomorrow.
19th September: A good evening’s training, not too many teams here yet, so everyone managed to get a decent number of runs in. Slightly different level than when team was here a couple of weeks ago, so lots of practice needed which went well. A good level of video analysis now going on! Same format tomorrow. Rob arriving in the afternoon then picnic and flapjack at the course followed by evening training. Finally, off to Toulouse to pick Neil Stamps up from the late-night flight.
20th September: Victoria Murray had her first practice run – with Saltire. Wills got his first taste of the course. Ryan got a lot of runs in. Calum hit the course hard. Hannah practiced hard. Jonny got the last runs in as light was fading.
21st September: Great to have Rob Jefferies, Neil Stamps and Carl Foody arrive.
Victoria back on the water, along with Rob and the others. Calum pushed hard in the first slots of the evening. Jonnie was sharpening up his lines. Ryan got in runs as light was fading. Hannah Brown kicking waves.
22nd September: Good training session, lots more teams arriving. Czechs and Italians are here in force. The rest of the GB team arrived and switched to the team accommodation in our mini bus. Slalom and WW committees met with the FFCK president – great having both committees together.
23rd September: Julie Lewis arrived and was quickly press ganged in to helping. Practice runs made by all. The ICF watched The Grand Tour putting an Aston Martin through its paces just at the entrance to the race course. Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in a Jaguar XKSS and Aston Martin on the Pau GT circuit. Spectacular opening ceremony in the evening after several more training runs by all.
24th September: Team leaders meeting done. The Slalom and Wildwater Canoeing Sprint Championships are well and truly underway.
25th September: Athletes working hard on time trials to determine team places. Mike Rees-Clark and Ryan Hunt looking strong in the C2. Official WWR duties about to take over. Teams announced in morning meeting: MK1 Jonnie Schofield, Mike Rees-Clark, Rob Jefferies. WK1 Hannah Brown, Lydia Oxtoby and Victoria Murray.
26th September: Let the racing begin…
Team Event Commenced… In glorious sunshine the World Championships opened with the team events. Slalom opened the day and set a hard act to follow with fantastic results for Team GB, gaining a silver in the C1 Men’s team and a gold in the C1 Women’s team. Congratulations to the two teams, a truly amazing start.
At lunch time, the WWR team events started. GB had teams in the Women’s K1 and Men’s K1 events. The Women’s team: Hannah Brown, Lydia Oxtoby, Victoria Murray, gave it their very best and finished 5th.
The men’s team consisting of Jonnie Schofield, Robert Jefferies and Mike Rees-Clark put in a credible performance, finishing 7th.
The individual heats commence on 27th September.