Fab­u­lous Footitts in fine form for Eng­land

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

THE fab­u­lous Footitt broth­ers de­liv­ered im­pres­sive in­ter­na­tional per­for­mances for the English ca­noe­ing team.

Matthew (16) and Louis (11) com­peted for their coun­try in the Pan Celtic Cup, a slalom event held be­tween Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales, at the Na­tional Water­sports Cen­tre in Not­ting­ham.

Matthew, in only his se­cond full year of ca­noe slalom, is now a reg­u­lar in the Eng­land train­ing squad and was part of the GB se­lec­tion tri­als ear­lier in the year.

Com­pet­ing at Un­der 18 level he fin­ished 11th over­all in the sin­gle ca­noe and 12th in the two-man ca­noe style. This fol­lowed good re­sults on the same course the pre­vi­ous day where he had a fourth and fifth place fin­ish in a Na­tional Di­vi­sion One event.

Louis, in his se­cond se­lec­tion for the Pan Celtic Cup, com­peted at Un­der 12 level in a kayak on the same cour­ses as his older brother and found the cour­ses much more of a chal­lenge.

Al­though not fea­tur­ing highly in the re­sults ta­ble, Louis is shap­ing up well to fol­low his brother through the Ca­noe Eng­land sys­tem.

For Louis it’s all about tech­ni­cal devel­op­ment, his strength and abil­ity to cope with de­mand­ing and chal­leng­ing cour­ses will im­prove as he grows.

Matthew will be away train­ing over half-term at the Ca­noe Eng­land res­i­den­tial train­ing camp for four days on the ar­ti­fi­cial course at Not­ting­ham.

They are both look­ing for­ward to en­try into the Teen Cup, a Euro­pean event be­ing held in Augs­burg, Ger­many in Au­gust fol­lowed by a week’s train­ing on the World Cham­pi­onship course in Troja, Prague.

Matthew, who is spon­sored by JD Carter Elec­tri­cal, said: ”I’m re­ally pleased with my progress in these events and would re­ally strug­gle with­out the sup­port of Justin Carter and Greg Hitchen, the Ca­noe Eng­land tech­ni­cal coach.”

The broth­ers, who at­tend Arthur Mel­lows Vil­lage Col­lege, Glin­ton train up to four times a week on the River Nene and at Not­ting­ham closely mon­i­tored by coach­ing staff.

They both be­long to Pro­teus Ca­noe Club based at Or­ton Mere.

Other Pro­teus mem­bers to pad­dle for Eng­land at Not­ting­ham were Sally Atkin­son, Kate Kent, Kosi Atkin­son and Peter Atkin­son.

PRO­TEUS are hold­ing a Na­tional rank­ing event next week­end, May 26/27, at Or­ton Mere.

PROMIS­ING TAL­ENT: Louis Footitt, pic­tured in ac­tion at Not­ting­ham.

PROMIS­ING TAL­ENT: Matthew Footitt.

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