Piercy on point at na­tional gala

Surrey Herald/News - - SPORT -

MAK­ING a splash – that was a hand­ful of pad­dlers from Elm­bridge Ca­noe Club. They were proof that the tal­ented Walton Lane out­fit con­tinue to pro­duce cham­pi­ons at a pro­lific rate – the lat­est arena for suc­cess be­ing the Na­tional Marathon Ca­noe Champs in Worces­ter. Elise Piercy, 17, be­came the U18 Ju­nior K1 Girls cham­pion and will be off to see what she can achieve at the Worlds in Ok­la­homa at the end of this month, with proud mum and dad tak­ing a hol­i­day at the same time. And she was joined by 15-year-olds Kayne Wilkin­son and Stef Di Gre­go­rio, who won by two seconds in their 13km and one portage race, to see them crowned U16 K2 cham­pi­ons. Another wor­thy per­for­mance came from Re­bekah Sol­way, 15, who took sil­ver in her K1 U16 race and then stepped up to com­pete with the U18s in a K2 with Piercy, tak­ing another sil­ver. In all, 22 U18 boys raced a gru­elling 20km with two portages while another 15 U18 girls pad­dled the same dis­tance – Elm­bridge’s best per­form­ers stand­ing among them. This event was closely fol­lowed by the Na­tional Ca­noe Sprint Re­gatta at Not­ting­ham, an al­to­gether dif­fer­ent dis­ci­pline. Un­usu­ally, the lake was calm, with lit­tle wind speed and the sun man­aged to make an ap­pear­ance mak­ing near per­fect con­di­tions for the pad­dlers. Elm­bridge brought home an abun­dance of medals. Ross McMullen, who was dis­ap­pointed by his sixth place at Worces­ter, smashed it on his 18th birth­day and took sil­ver in the K1 1000m U18s. Piercy added to her tro­phies and came home with no less than five medals – a pair of sil­vers and three bronze. And Sol­way, def­i­nitely an up and com­ing star at the club, paired with pad­dlers from another out­fit and man­aged sil­ver and bronze suc­cesses in U16 K2 races.

Any­body aged 10 and up­wards and is a com­pe­tent swimmer can join Elm­bridge Ca­noe Club for the 2015 sea­son. Ju­nior cour­ses start in April and de­tails can be found at www.elm­bridge­ca­noe­club. com.

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