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Club News (July 2021)
The New Build
The New Clubhouse, built by Ascot Build & Design Ltd, is a much needed purpose-built building with a gym and fitness room, increased boat storage and larger club room, which will benefit all those wishing to take part in paddle sports. This new build enables the club to expand the range of activities we can offer to the community, including Stand Up Paddleboarding and a summer camp for young people this year.
Racing News (July 2021)
Sprint National Championships, July 2021, Nottingham Watersports Centre
Despite having a difficult year with Covid lockdowns and our canoe club being rebuilt, which meant we were unable to train from our usual location, our sprint team managed some excellent results at the recent National Championships in July. This is the first time many of them have had the opportunity to race in 18 months due to Covid-19 putting a halt to competitions both at home and abroad.
Our Masters men and women raced with a delighted Sally Alexander gaining 2 silver medals in the O54 category
In his last year as an international junior he missed out in racing abroad at the Junior Europeans and World Championships in 2020 due to the National and International events being cancelled. However he has continued to train hard as part of the National Training Squad and achieved some excellent results in his first regatta as an U23 Senior. In a strong field he was very pleased to achieve a fast enough time in the K1 200 metres to get into final 1 achieving an excellent 7th place. In the 500 metres K1 he just missed out on Final 1 but came home first, well ahead of the other racers in Final 2. With his new partner in the K2 doubles they put in a fast enough time to get into Final 1, gaining 8th place. These are remarkable achievements from Rory as he is the youngest of the Under 23s. To go from Junior to Seniors is always a big step which he has shown he has accomplished well. He is one to watch for the future.
Becky, as an U18 junior girl, achieved some excellent results. She has also been part of the National Training Squad which has meant she has been able to train at Dorney and Reading, coached by Imogen Collins, the Squad British Canoeing Coach, once some restrictions were lifted meaning she could train as part of a group. At the National Championships she easily won the 1000 metres K1 gold medal in Final 1 at least 4 seconds ahead of the next competitor. In the K1 500 metres, after a tightly fought race, she took the bronze and in the newly formed K4 team for the National Training Squad they easily took 1st place.
These results meant she has now been selected to race for GB at the Junior World Championships in Portugal, being selected for the K1 1000 metres and the K4 500metres. We will be watching and cheering you on in September Becky, well done!
Emily Bowles-Trow, Hannah Pemble, Heather Alexander
Emily has continued to train hard being coached by the very experienced Trevor Wetherall. She raced in the U14 events, finishing a creditable 4th place in the K1 200 metres, K1 500 metres, K2 200 metres, 2nd in the K4 500 metres and 5th place in the K2 500 metres. Although she was disappointed not to get a medal this year it is the first time she has raced at this age group and on her results she was promoted to Girls C, an excellent achievement for one so young.
Hannah has had a difficult year, fitting her training around her studies and GCSE exams. She finished a creditable 5th in her heats of the K1 200m and 500m races. Unfortunately she was not able to race K2 due to her partner having to pull out having been tested positive for Covid the day before.
It was good to see Heather also return to racing. She is not quite back to the form she was in the previous year due to illnesses and studying for her A level exams but she gained a very good 4th place in the K2 200 metres with a new partner from Reading who she had not paddled with before.
All paddlers were enthusiastic and very pleased at being able to race again after such a long break. It was unfortunate that the team had to pull out of the National Marathon Championships the following weekend due to all having to self-isolate. Hopefully there will be other races soon we will be able to attend and we will be looking forward to the Inter-Clubs Regatta in September.