Anthony paddles all the way to world title
Sixth former takes first place during Canadian tussle
UXBRIDGE were unable to produce a cup upset as they bowed out of the RFU Junior Vase at the first stage on Saturday.
Their east London opponents play a full tier above them in the pyramid and their pace and power proved too strong on the day, despite a spirited second-half performance.
The 16-year-old Merchant Taylors School sixth former is a member of the Hillingdon Junior Canoe Club and beat off 24 competitors from 14 different countries to claim the title.
Anthony said: “Taking part in the Worlds was tremendously exciting and I must thank my coaches who prepared the whole team to a high standard.
“We all went through a lot of training and planning and it paid off in the great results that we all achieved.”
After great results in the heats and semis, Anthony scored a massive 781 points in the final to win. Team GB won two golds and four bronzes in total at the Championships, held on the Ottawa River, in Canada, and saw a total of 212 competitors from 29 countries take part.
Uxbridge started by kicking off to the opposition and soon lost possession to find themselves on the backfoot, conceding a wellplaced try in the far corner.
The conversion was missed, offering Uxbridge hope, and despite winning a penalty at the other end, Ieuan Jones could not reduce the lead to two points.
This was not the only missed scoring opportunity for Uxbridge.
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Elsewhere, Rob Grundy and Jasmine Abdi Allah topped the pile for Harefield Sharks in a clean sweep for the club in the canoe doubles at Shepperton.
Grundy and Allah crossed the line in first ahead of club mates Joel Gunnery and Johan Kukkohori in second and Amelia Combes and Shivani Makwana grabbing bronzes.
Several Sharks were taking part line, and two more spurned penalties, gave the impetus to the visitors and they duly took in a 15-0 lead at the interval.
It was a different Uxbridge side which came out after the restart. They were full of energy, with Joe Guy going over for his second try of the season. Nick Guy was unable to convert. in their first paddling slalom and Khaleel Zianddin made an instant impression by scooping silver to earn promotion to National Division 3.
Adam Abdi Allah, Gunnery and Kukkohori also performed admirably in their outing in this discipline.
In Men’s Division 3, Adam Stewart took second on the opening day and followed up with a sixth-
The East Londoners extended their lead to 20-5 before Joe Guy grabbed his second and this time his namesake made the kick to reduce the deficit to 20-12.
Matt Coker went close to narrowing the gap further, but the away team made them pay and it finished 30-12 and the Twickenham dream was over for another year.
Uxbridge begin their league campaign this weekend against Saracens Amateurs. placed finish just 24 hours later.
Aaron Nolan moved up from fifth to second over the course of the weekend and is now a favourite for promotion to Division 2. James Read was 10th on day one and eighth on day two.
Lianna Nolan started out in fourth in the Ladies’ Division 3 event before moving up to third. Chelsea Ludlow was fifth.
Amelia Combes paddled canoe (C1) in Division 3 and won on both days, while Shivani Makwana won the Ladies’ Division 4 K1 competition.
Event organiser and Shark slalom team manager Grant Underwood said: “It was great to see so many paddlers having a great time at a Shark event and even better still to see Shark paddlers picking up medals and having fun.
“We are always looking out for new people to join the club, no experience is required and we provide all the kit and a great place to start is at our pool sessions at Hillingdon Leisure Centre on Tuesday evenings.”
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n GREAT RESULT: Kayak champion Hugo Anthony (centre)