Un­der­wood takes ninth in Scot con­test

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

GREAT Bri­tain hope­ful Grant Un­der­wood picked up a ninth place at the Scot­tish Open Wild Wa­ter Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships.

The Hare­field Sharks pad­dler, and his team, trav­elled up to the River Tay at Grand­tully, North Perthshire, which will host the 2016 Bri­tish team se­lec­tion event in April.

Satur­day’s sprint race saw Un­der­wood pull up in his first run af­ter just 10 me­tres, but man­aged to gain sev­enth place with his se­cond run (the best of two runs counts) in a time of 56 sec­onds.

Rod Grundy, one of the club’s coaches, came in 22nd in a time of 1min 8secs and James Reed was two sec­onds be­hind in 23rd place.

In Sun­day’s clas­sic race of 3.5K, Grant slipped to ninth place on a time of 14mins 13.5secs.

Grundy picked up a few places to come in 19th, while Reed main­tained his 23rd spot.

Club coach Neal Un­der­wood said: “The River Tay of­fers a wild wa­ter ex­pe­ri­ence sim­i­lar to rivers on con­ti­nen­tal Europe, so it is im­por­tant for the club to learn about the river. Grant has picked up some valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence which hope­fully will help him in the se­lec­tion event later this year.

“As a club, we do well in WWR and we have a few young­sters who could break into the ju­nior team in the next cou­ple of years, but want more peo­ple to join us and take up this ex­cit­ing sport and en­joy the fun.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about The Sharks, visit www.the­sharks.org.uk, email ca­noe­ing@the­sharks.org.uk or call Neal on 07951 770 241. You do not need any ex­pe­ri­ence or equip­ment as the club will pro­vide all the kit at what­ever level you are.

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