Sharks urged to fol­low in Un­der­wood’s wake

Ca­noeist wants team-mates to join him on big stage CA­NOE­ING

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Sean Davies tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HARE­FIELD Sharks ca­noeist Grant Un­der­wood would like to see more of his team-mates join­ing him on the big stage af­ter he rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain in the World Un­der-23s Wild Wa­ter Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships.

The 21-year-old Shark pad­dler fin­ished in 17th place on his in­ter­na­tional de­but, de­spite still re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury sus­tained last year, and wants to be com­pet­ing for the medals next time around.

Sharks coach Berta Fabin­ska trans­formed Un­der­wood’s year as she worked to raise stan­dards across the west Lon­don club and Un­der­wood wants oth­ers to fol­low him in mak­ing waves.

Un­der­wood said: “The ex­pe­ri­ence of tak­ing part in this com­pe­ti­tion, is sat­is­fac­tion enough; I have learnt a lot and so have the Sharks team and next year I hope to be chal­leng­ing for medals, but in the mean­time there is a lot of work to do.

“It would be re­ally great if we can get some other Shark pad­dlers com­pet­ing for places in na­tional teams. We have a very di­verse mem­ber­ship, so maybe it won’t just be Bri­tain the Sharks are pro­vid­ing pad­dlers for.”

The Sharks are Lon­don’s top wild wa­ter rac­ing club, but have am­bi­tions to be Bri­tain’s num­ber one. The club has in­vested heav­ily in the high­est qual­ity coaches and the best equip­ment. 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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. the­sharks.org.uk or email ca­noe­ing @the­sharks.org.uk or call Neal Un­der­wood on 07952 770 241.

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