Sharks take plau­dits in wave­hop­per con­test

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

SHARKS Ca­noe Club tri­umphed in a wave­hop­per rac­ing com­pe­ti­tion on the Grand Union Canal.

Seven­teen pad­dlers from the club, which trains in Harefield, took part in the race dur­ing half term.

The race was the cul­mi­na­tion of a project be­tween Cat­a­lyst Hous­ing and the Sharks.

Sharks coach Neal Un­der­wood said: “Wave­hop­per rac­ing is the en­try point for pad­dlers to take up wild wa­ter rac­ing. Grad­u­ally we build up the pad­dlers by tak­ing them on faster flow­ing and even­tu­ally white wa­ter.

“The fact that we are now host­ing th­ese events in Southall means we can start to build up a num­ber of lo­cal pad­dlers for our wild wa­ter rac­ing team, so that we can make the jump from be­ing the best in Lon­don to the best in Bri­tain.”

In the ladies’ event, Shark pad­dler Matilda Kruk was the first U8, with Maja Krukowska first U10 and Joyce Ba­z­ley com­ing sec­ond.

In the U14s, Shan­non Beedon was first and Hannah John­son was sec­ond. Helena Ba­z­ley was the first se­nior lady and Eve­lyn Mista was sec­ond mas­ter.

The Sharks also dom­i­nated in the men’s event as Jo­han Kukko­hovi, an ex­pe­ri­enced pad­dler, was first U10, with first timer Mar­cel Krukowski in sec­ond.

Shark pad­dlers Wil­fred Ba­z­ley, Bobby Beedon and Aliseena Bek­na­day took the top three slots in the U12s race.

In the U14s, Joel Gur­ney, Khaleel Ziand­din, Thomas Skin­ner and Con­nor Shee­han fin­ished as the top four, while Rod Grundy took the mas­ter prize.

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