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Six Stafford and Stone paddlers secure GB seleciton

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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SIX paddlers from Stafford and Stone Canoe Club have achieved places on the 2014 Great Britain Senior and Under 23 Canoe slalom teams.

Their selections follow three days of exciting and very competitive racing at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, near London, which was the 2012 Olympic venue.

Paddlers had to compete in three separate races over the three days, with their best results counting towards a place in the teams.

There are three places available in each team and Stafford and Stone members have gained places across all of the categories showing their skill and commitment to the different disciplines in the Olympic sport of canoe slalom.

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Wrapping it up nicely after just two days, by taking wins in the first two races were Joe Clarke in the K1M category and Adam Burgess and Greg Pitt in the C2 category.

Joe, Adam and Greg also won their third races and in addition to the senior team places they also achieved the title of UK National Champion 2014 in K1M and C2 respectively.

Tom Brady joins Clarke in the K1M team following his excellent racing where he achieved a second and third place in two of the races to secure his place.

In K1W, Olympian Lizzie Neave won her races on day one and day three, gaining the number one spot on the women’s senior team and also the title of UK national Champion.

In the C1W category, Jasmine Royle took a steadier approach, improving after every run to secure a third place on day two and an amazing and determined win on day three to ensure she will also be competing in the GB Senior team this year.

In C1M Adam Burgess unfortunately missed out on a place in the Senior team due to a penalty given on his last run but his performance over the three days means that as well as racing in C2 in the Senior squad he will also be competing in the Under 23 team in C1.

Joining him in the Under 23 team, by virtue of their outstanding performances in senior selection, are Jasmine Royle in C1W, Joe Clarke and Tom Brady in K1M.

This selection race series also offered the already selected GB Junior European team paddlers an opportunity to gain a place on the GB Junior World Championship squad.

The paddlers had to achieve two tough percentages from the six runs on the senior selection course. Austin Barker (18) achieved his on day one and by day three Christopher Bowers (15)was also smiling following a fantastic final run.

The GB teams have an exciting season ahead starting with the Junior and Under 23 paddlers competing in the World Championships in Australia in April. They will also be racing at the European Championships in Macedonia in July.

The senior team commence their international season with the Senior European Championships in May in Vienna.

Thta is followed by the World Cup series which takes them to London (Lee Valley), Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Spain and Germany over the summer and culminates in September with the Senior World Championships which are being held this year in Deep Creek, USA.

All of these paddlers started their journey by joining in with beginner’s sessions at Stafford and Stone Canoe Club while they were still at school.

If you think you would like to have a go at canoe slalom, contact beginners@staffordandstonecc.co.uk for juniors. Who knows you could be the next Olympian!

The club also runs adult starter sessions and for this you should contact adultstarters@staffordandstonecc.co.uk .

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