Fu­ture Olympic he­roes join Sharks event

CA­NOE­ING

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS -

BUD­DING fu­ture Olympians took to the same Hare­field wa­ters which were the prov­ing ground for Team GB hero Richard Houn­slow as The Sharks played host to a na­tional canoe slalom league event.

Har­row-born pad­dler Houn­slow teamed up with part­ner David Florence to add a bronze medal at Rio to the gold he and his pal man­aged to scoop on the big­gest stage of all at Lon­don 2012.

Hare­field, the scene of his early de­vel­op­ment, wel­comed more than 150 en­trants from across the coun­try to the Sharks event, which saw com­peti­tors ranked at both level four and level three com­pete.

Sharks pad­dlers took two of the three top spots in the ladies’ kayak sin­gles (K1) Divi­sion Four, with Tal­lu­lah Lacey win­ning and gain­ing pro­mo­tion to Na­tional Divi­sion 3 and Roberta Back in third. In the men’s Divi­sion Four K1 event, Jo­han Kukko­hovi was sec­ond with Yahiem Keely tak­ing third.

Amelia Combes was first in the Divi­sion Three Ladies’ Canoe sin­gles (C1) event. In the men’s K1 Divi­sion Three event, James Read came fourth and was first master, with Khaleel Zaind­din 11th and Joel Gun­nery 13th.

Cather­ine Robin­son, tak­ing part in her first slalom for sev­eral years, was fifth in the ladies’ K1 Divi­sion Three event.

The en­try list for day two of the event was slightly larger and the added com­pe­ti­tion seemed to suit Shark pad­dlers.

In the men’s Divi­sion 4 event, Kukko­hovi took top spot and win­ning pro­mo­tion to Na­tional Divi­sion 3. Kiara Shee­han was third in the Ladies’ Divi­sion 4 event. Combes again took the Ladies’ Divi­sion 3 C1 event, with Robin­son com­ing sev­enth in the Ladies K1 Divi­sion 3.

The men’s per­for­mance saw dra­matic im­prove­ments as Read moved up to sec­ond place, leav­ing him need­ing just one good run this sea­son to get pro­moted to Na­tional League Divi­sion Two. Joel Gun­nery climbed to sixth with Zaind­din only just be­hind in sev­enth. Conor Shee­han was 14th.

The Sharks train at Hare­field ev­ery Mon­day evening from 5pm and are al­ways look­ing for new re­cruits.

You do not need any ex­pe­ri­ence or kit. If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing them, please visit www. the­sharks.org.uk, email ca­noe­ing@the­sharks.org.uk or call Neal Un­der­wood on 07951 770 241.

n AT­TRAC­TION: (Above) Hare­field Sharks host a na­tional league canoe slalom event; (left) Richard Houn­slow (right) in ac­tion

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