Ca­noeist reaches new heights in slalom for Hare­field club

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

GRANT Un­der­wood has be­come the first mem­ber of Hare­field Sharks Ca­noe Club to reach Na­tional Di­vi­sion One in slalom.

Un­der­wood achieved the feat af­ter gain­ing a sec­ond place fin­ish in the Tynedale race in Wark, Northum­ber­land, and is the first pad­dler to make the cut this year.

He was just 0.2 sec­onds off first place at the event and fol­lows ex­cep­tional per­for­mances from the ca­noeist at Mat­lock and Shep­per­ton ear­lier this term.

Coach Neal Un­der­wood says the club, which holds ses­sions across west Lon­don in Hare­field, Southall and Uxbridge, is look­ing to make a big im­pres­sion in 2015.

He said: “We are keen to de­velop their slalom team and have ac­cess to a per­ma­nent site at Hare­field as well as ideal teach­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the out­door pool at Hilling­don Leisure Cen­tre.

“The Sharks are aim­ing to build the great­est ca­noe club in the coun­try and want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to be part of it. Ses­sions are fun and the club is open to peo­ple of all ages.

“The club pro­vide all the kit you re­quire, you do not need any ex­pe­ri­ence, just a wish to have fun. We en­ter com­pe­ti­tions in Slalom, Sprint, marathon and Wild Wa­ter Rac­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about The Sharks, visit www.the­sharks., email ca­noe­ing@ the­ or call Neal Un­der­wood on 07952 77 0241.

Adam Ste­wart, Amelia Combes and Na­tional Di­vi­sion One star Un­der­wood will be fly­ing the flag for Sharks at Holme Pier­re­pont, Not­ting­ham, this week­end in a spring re­gatta.

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