Gun­nery breaks London’s sprint dom­i­nance

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

WEST Dray­ton’s Joel Gun­nery broke the dom­i­nance of the big London sprint clubs af­ter win­ning the 200m Kayak Ju­nior Sprint at the London Youth Games for Hilling­don.

The 14-year-old, who pad­dles with the Sharks’ wild wa­ter rac­ing club, only be­gan ca­noe­ing last year in ses­sions at Hilling­don Leisure Cen­tre, in Uxbridge.

Fel­low Sharks pad­dler Lianna Nolan also rep­re­sented Hilling­don at the event at the London Re­gatta Cen­tre in what was the Royal Al­bert Dock. Nolan fin­ished tenth in the slalom and then sixth in the se­nior 200m sprint to cap of a fine per­for­mance for the club.

Sharks de­vel­op­ment coach Neal Un­der­wood said: “From be­gin­ner to London Youth Games cham­pion in a year is im­pres­sive by any­one’s stan­dards.

“Two fi­nal­ists is a good achieve­ment and the be­gin­ning of some­thing much big­ger. The Sharks have some top coaches and some ex­cel­lent young­sters com­ing through but we al­ways want more.”

The Sharks’ slalom team pad­dle at Hare­field on a Mon­day evening un­der the guid­ance of Gor­don Walling, who is part of the de­vel­op­ment coach­ing team for Bri­tish Ca­noe­ing.

Their sprint team pad­dle on Tues­days and Fri­days at Sac, op­po­site Yead­ing Ma­rina, with for­mer Pol­ish na­tional cham­pion Beata Fabin­ska.

The club is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers and any­one is wel­come to join, re­gard­less of ex­pe­ri­ence. The Sharks will pro­vide all nec­es­sary kit.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the club, visit www.the­, email ca­noe­ing@the­ or call Un­der­wood on 07951 770 241.

n IM­PRES­SIVE: Joel Gun­nery

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