Matthew paddling his way to the top
MATTHEW Footitt continued his excellent recent form at the Proteus Canoe Club Slalom at Orton Staunch.
At his first ranking competition in May, the 14-year-old won promotion to Division Three in the K1 classification and continued his rapid development in that event with a second place finish on Saturday before topping the class the following day.
Event organiser Kate Kent said: “Matt is probably the star youngster at the moment and once again he did the club proud with a series of fine performances.
“He is new to this level of competition but so far his progress has been excellent and he kept that going over the weekend with some excellent performances and I would expect him to win promotion to another level soon.”
But it was not just Footitt who impressed on home water. Clubmate Luke Dearden also enjoyed a highly productive weekend with wins in the Division Three C1M class on both Saturday and Sunday, forcing his young team-mate Footitt into the runners-up spot on both occasions.
Footitt’s younger brother Louis also performed well over the two days after picking up third in the Division Four K1M class before going one better with a second place finish in the same event on Sunday.
And in the officals race Pete Atkinson was dominant throughout the weekend, winning both races, and just to make sure the girls didn’t get left out, Sally Atkinson also delivered a string of excellent performances with a second and third place finish in the same event.
Kent added: “It was another highly successful event and was very well attended by competitors from across the country.
“The signs are very promising that we have a number of canoeists who can do well and continue to develop to a high level.”
Proteus will be staging their next slalom in November. For more information on Proteus Canoe Club visit email@example.com