Many medals were won by members of the racing team from Addlestone Canoe Club at the recent Sprint National Championships at Nottingham Holme Pierrepoint Water Sports Centre. They were won by all age groups from the veteran men and ladies to the youngest at the age of 9. In a team of 13 paddlers the team won 9 bronze medals, 8 silver medals and 1st places from our 2 youngest paddlers brother and sister, Emily and William, who collected the medals for achieving the most points across the years regattas in the under 12 category. Becky Pemble won the most medals of the group winning 4 silvers and a bronze medal for different distances in both singles and crew boats, this compliments her gold and bronze medals she won at the National Marathon Championships earlier in the season. Her sister Hannah was not far behind with 2 bronzes and 2 silvers with their dad, Doug, winning 2 bronzes along with his 3 team members in the veteran races. However there was no gold medal winner until the very last race of the regatta when Zoe Hurrell had a convincing win with her partner in the doubles race, this was Zoe’s last regatta as a junior.
Two of the club’s race team, Rory Stewart and Becky Pemble who are part of the super regional squad, have been selected to race for G.B. at the Olympic Hopes in Bratislava this weekend, a great achievement as this is one of the most prestigious international junior regattas in the calendar.
The team have trained very hard this summer on the canal at Addlestone Canoe Club and have achieved many successes in both marathon and sprint events. Many thanks must go to their dedicated coaches and training partners.