Sharks show­ing com­pet­i­tive bite

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

SHARKS Ca­noe Club slalom man­ager Grant Un­der­wood thinks his team are start­ing to sink their teeth into the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Hilling­don club took to the Thames at Shep­per­ton for a re­cent meet­ing and both ex­pe­ri­enced heads and new blood im­pressed the boss in Sur­rey.

Tal­lu­lah Lacey and Caitlin Ed­wards topped the pile in the Di­vi­sion Four en­try level event, while in the ca­noe sin­gles it was only Shep­per­ton’s Joely Walling who kept Shark Amelia Combes out of the gold medal po­si­tion, a trend that fol­lowed into the next day.

Sharks took all three places on the podium in the ca­noe dou­bles, with Combes and Lianna Nolan pair­ing up to win pro­mo­tion to Di­vi­sion Three. Combes also part­nered first-time pad­dler Mimi Lacey for sec­ond place with Lacey and Ed­wards tak­ing third.

Jo­han Kukko­hori en­tered his first slalom at the age of 10 and fin­ished fifth in the men’s K1 cat­e­gory as well as claim­ing sec­ond spot in the Ju­nior 10.

Nolan en­joyed a win in Di­vi­sion Three Ladies K1 on the sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion, while her brother Aaron was run­ner-up in the men’s event, with fel­low Shark James Reed not far be­hind. Reed and Nolan teamed up to come third in the Di­vi­sion Four C2 event.

There were also promis­ing de­buts for Ma­ciej Karwacki, Jo­han Kukko­hori and Michal Karwacki to leave man­ager Un­der­wood, who also man­aged a vic­tory in the of­fi­cials’ event, op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture.

He said: “Slalom is an ex­cit­ing sport and The Sharks are grow­ing in stature with ev­ery event, we have in­tro­duced over a dozen young­sters into com­pet­i­tive slalom so far this sum­mer and have had some stun­ning re­sults.

“How­ever, we are still want­ing more pad­dlers to join us so we can build the great­est slalom team in the coun­try.

“The re­sults at this event prove we can do it. As well as slalom, the club is also one of Bri­tain’s top wild wa­ter rac­ing clubs and is now mak­ing its mark in sprint ca­noe­ing. The club is prob­a­bly the fastest grow­ing club in the coun­try, with reg­u­lar ses­sions in Oster­ley Park ev­ery Sun­day, Hare­field on Mon­days, Uxbridge on Tues­days and Southall on Wed­nes­days and Satur­days.”

Sharks have plans to hold ses­sions in Hayes on Thurs­days in the near fu­ture and are in­ter­ested in us­ing Ruis­lip Lido as a sprint venue.

If you want to give ca­noe­ing a go, visit www.the­sharks.org.uk, con­tact Neal Un­der­wood on 07951 770241 or email ca­noe­ing@the­sharks.org.uk.

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