Matthew pad­dling his way to the top

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports -

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 info@pro­

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