Beata’s happy with her Fab Sharks team

CA­NOE­ING

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NEW Hare­field Sharks Ca­noe Club chief Beata Fabin­ska was pleas­antly sur­prised with what she saw from her charges at the first na­tional sprint re­gatta of the year.

Fabin­ska is a for­mer Pol­ish na­tional cham­pion and will lead the club’s coach­ing staff fol­low­ing her ap­point­ment last month.

She over­saw some strong per­for­mances in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions at the tricky Holme Pier­re­pont course, in Not­ting­ham, and came away pos­i­tive about mov­ing for­ward at the helm.

Fabin­ska said: “This is the first chance I have had to see a race in the UK and to see the club pad­dlers rac­ing. I am very proud of them – we have been work­ing hard over the past few months and the re­sults were very good in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.”

First to race was Adam Ste­wart in the Boys D Sin­gle Kayak 200m. He was third in his heat with and fourth over­all with a per­sonal best time of: 54:91, re­peat­ing the feat a day later in the 500m with a time of 2:45.0.

Star man Grant Un­der­wood was in form in the Men’s D 200m as he stormed into first place with a time of 50:48, a time that was faster than a cou­ple of Men’s B pad­dlers on the day and would have won the Men’s C fi­nal.

Alexan­dra Judge was back in ac­tion at her first re­gatta for two years, af­ter giv­ing birth to her first son Sa­muel, com­ing home with a good time of 1:15.9 in her 200m women’s D Race.

There was a de­but for 13year-old Amelia Combes in the 200m girls D, clock­ing 1:21.1 on the wa­ter, how­ever her rac­ing was cut short on day two due to 50mph winds stop­ping the ac­tion amid safety con­cerns.

Un­der­wood was also dis­ap­pointed by mother na­ture’s in­ter­ven­tion af­ter an­other ex­cel­lent show­ing on day two. His fi­nal was a casualty of the winds.

Train­ing ses­sions are held at Hare­field on Mon­days and Thurs­days and at the out­door pool at Hilling­don Leisure Cen­tre on Tues­days.

Sharks sup­ply all the kit mem­bers need at what­ever level they are pad­dling at. For more in­for­ma­tion about The Sharks, visit www.the­sharks.org.uk or email ca­noe­ing@the­sharks.org. uk or call Neal Un­der­wood on 07952 770241. EAST­COTE sec­onds saw their ti­tle chances slip away on the fi­nal day of the sea­son.

The Reds needed to beat Mil­ton Keynes to win the MBBO Re­gional Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, but could only man­age a 2-2 draw thanks to Gabriel Emery and Ian Sadler strikes.

Ti­tle ri­vals New­bury & Thatcham were 4-1 win­ners over Brack­nell in the day’s other fix­ture to see them fin­ish top of the pile by just two points.

Mean­while, East­cote thirds were pro­moted af­ter a 2-1 win against Ger­rards Cross with Joe Forster and Craig Liv­ing­stone on tar­get.

The fourths, al­ready pro­moted, lost for the first time all sea­son, go­ing down 2-1 at Woot­ton Wan­der­ers de­spite a Craig Liv­ing­stone goal.

Reds’ fifths beat New­bury & Thatcham 2-0 cour­tesy of a Tim Fitzger­ald brace and the sixths beat Walling­ford 3-2 with goals from Sam Ogata (two) and Chris But­ler.

East­cote’s Past Masters beat Rich­mond 5-2.

n TOUGH START: Amelia Combes makes her Hare­field Sharks de­but

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