DE­BUT FOR YOUNG SHARKS

Kayak­ing stars im­press dur­ing first com­pet­i­tive out­ing

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

HEAD coach Beata Fabin­ski was in buoy­ant mood af­ter a dozen of Hare­field Sharks’ new­est re­cruits made quite a splash on their com­pet­i­tive kayak­ing de­buts.

Seven girls and five boys, the ma­jor­ity of whom came through the train­ing pro­gramme, over­seen by for­mer Pol­ish na­tional cham­pion Fabin­ski pro­duced en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mances, with Ella Con­roy and James Reed achiev­ing pro­mo­tion in their re­spec­tive events at the Di­vi­sion 4 slalom at Kings­land Basin, in north-east Lon­don,

Fabin­ski, ap­pointed in March to over­see the devel­op­ment of the ex­pand­ing pad­dling ven­ture, joined in the spirit of things by swap­ping her beloved kayak for a first ever dab­ble in a ca­noe in the slalom dou­bles. She hailed the re­sults as ev­i­dence the part­ner­ship be­tween the Leisure Cen­tre and Hilling­don Coun­cil is bear­ing fruit.

She said: “The young­sters were bril­liant and ob­vi­ously hav­ing a great time. Nearly all of th­ese pad­dlers came via our pro­gramme at Hilling­don Leisure Cen­tre Pool, which has been a great suc­cess and great part­ner­ship. The cen­tre and the coun­cil have shown great vi­sion – long may it con­tinue.

“This was fan­tas­tic fun, a great fam­ily event and an ideal way to get into com­pet­i­tive ca­noe­ing. It is the first time I have ever been to a slalom or in a ca­noe, so it was great to be part of the fun.”

Con­roy ar­guably pro­duced the pad­dle of the day to be sec­ond on her com­pet­i­tive bow, earn­ing her in­stant pro­mo­tion to Na­tional Di­vi­sion 3 of Ladies K1.

Tal­lu­lah Lacey was the first of the Ju­nior 16s home with new club­mates Megan Rice, Grace Han­more, Issey Nel­son, Ellen Butcher and Caitlin Ed­wards not far be­hind. Not to be out­done, James Reed came third in the men’s K1, earn­ing his pro­mo­tion to Na­tional Di­vi­sion 3 in the process.

Khaleel Zaind­din, 13, came eighth over­all, while nine-year-old Alex Bren­nan was first U12 home with James Han­more and Ea­mon Bren­nan close be­hind. Two en­tries in the ca­noe sin­gles, saw Amelia Comes win the ladies and Reed come sec­ond in the men’s race.

Mem­bers then formed some in­ter­est­ing pair­ings for the ca­noe dou­bles, where 10-yearold Han­more part­nered in-form Grant Un­der­wood, who had ear­lier won the of­fi­cials event, to victory.

Fabin­ski, mean­while, made light of her trans­fer to an al­ter­na­tive wa­ter ve­hi­cle by com­ing in third along­side fel­low coach Neal Un­der­wood. Both crews were pro­moted to Di­vi­sion 3.

If you want to give ca­noe­ing a go visit www.the­sharks.org.uk or con­tact Neal on 07951 770 241.

Con­trib­uted

‘FAN­TAS­TIC

FUN’: Hare­field Sharks girls

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