Young Sharks im­press at event

CA­NOE­ING

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HARE­FIELD-BASED Sharks Ca­noe Club blooded more young­sters in the club’s first ap­pear­ance at an en­try-level event of the year.

Sharks de­vel­op­ment coach Neal Un­der­wood, who man­aged the team on the day, was pleased with the per­for­mance of the debu­tants at Kings­land Basin, in north Lon­don.

He said: “It’s great to see the young­sters on the wa­ter and hav­ing fun – slalom is a great sport and a friendly sport.

“Their suc­cess to­day is fan­tas­tic and wellde­served. We are just at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son and it is al­ready look­ing good.

“We have some fan­tas­tic coaches at the club and their work is pay­ing div­i­dends, as is the en­thu­si­asm of the pad­dlers.”

Joel Gun­nery came fourth over­all and was sec­ond Ju­nior 14 in the men’s sin­gle kayak (K1) event, with Conor Shee­han just be­hind in fifth place (third J14). Both young­sters fin­ish­ing high enough to gain pro­mo­tion to na­tional Divi­sion 3.

Joseph Rosen­feld was eighth, Me­ciej Wasz­cyszak 13th and 10-year-old Alex Bren­nan 20th.

Kiara Shee­han im­pressed in the Ladies’ K1 event, com­ing first in the J12 and fin­ish­ing third over­all.

The Sharks dom­i­nated the ca­noe events, with Josephe Rosen­field tak­ing sec­ond place in the men’s sin­gles (C1) and sec­ond J16, with Khaleel Zi­aud­din third (first, J14) and Conor She­hann fourth (sec­ond, J14).

In ca­noe dou­bles (C2) 14-year-old Amelia Combes, the Sharks’ high­est rank­ing lady pad­dler, part­nered Kiara Shee­han to take sec­ond place and first J14 crew and first all­girls crew and they we pro­moted to divi­sion three in C2.

Gun­nery and Shee­han were third (sec­ond, J14). Joseph Rosen­feld and Sharks’ sprint coach, Beata Fabi­aska took fifth.

Khaleel Zi­aud­din and Me­ciej Wasz­cyszak were sixth and Ea­mon Bren­nan and Rod Grundy (the only all se­nior crew) sev­enth.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Sharks, visit www.the­sharks.org.uk, email ca­noe­ing@ the­sharks.org.uk or call Neal Un­der­wood on 07951 770 241.

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