An­thony pad­dles all the way to world ti­tle

Sixth for­mer takes first place dur­ing Cana­dian tus­sle

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

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.

A knock-on me­tres from the

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.”

Fo in­for­ma­tion please call Neal Un­der­wood on 07951770241 or email ca­neo­ing@the­sharks.org.uk.

n GREAT RE­SULT: Kayak cham­pion Hugo An­thony (cen­tre)

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