After a winter of hard training in cold, dark conditions, it was delight to re visit Winchester slalom on a lovely sunny day. For many juniors this was their very first competition and a chance to test their practised slalom skills. I am proud to say that they did us proud with 4 wins and 3 promotions!
All 4 junior girls produced great runs negotiating the course with care and speed. Congratulations to Erin Bonsall and Isabelle Fulford who were very competitive and dug hard to achieve 1st and 2nd place and promotion to Division 3! Close behind were Charlotte Fulford and Holly Williams achieving 4th and 5th place. Praise to Holly who achieved 2 clear runs! Well done girls!
Not to be out done the boys also did extremely well. After a wild first run of many penalties, Tom Robson cleaned up his act and achieved an even faster run with only 1 penalty to achieve top place and promotion to Division 3! Praise to Peter Skinner who under pressure, focused and achieved the best run I have ever seen from him. Well done!
I would like to thank all those that helped make this a successful weekend. To Emily and Natalie Neville for patiently coaching the juniors on the water and then achieving top 2 places in the women’s Open event and with Zoe in 3rd. To Marc for his organisation, camera work and for a memorable one-sided C1 run. To Andy for achieving a very competitive winning run in the men’s open and winning the ‘most canoes on a roof rack’ competition! To all the parents that came and supported, thank you all.
If you would like to be part of this successful slalom team or would just like to give slalom a go, join us on Wednesdays from 6 – 8 pm.