Peak UK News: September 2015
Canoe Slalom World Championships. London. 2015. Day 5.
The busiest and (thankfully) final day of competition for the Slalom Worlds took place on Sunday. Huge crowds and great weather set the scene for a perfect days racing, so long as Great Britain could secure some final spots in the C1W,C1M and K1M categories. With all 9 GB athletes across these categories set to be racing in the Semi Final, in the morning, there was a distinct optimism in the air for a medal haul kind of day.
First up the the C1M class. A strong performance for Great Britain and for Team Peak UK, with representation in the final coming from Adam Burgess, Ryan Westley, David Florence and Michal Martikan. Come the final run in the afternoon, it would be Ryan and David who would capitalise on others mistakes. Ryan set off first in the final, he posted a competitive time, eventually winning a bronze medal. Congratulation Ryan, a great result in your first World Championship Final.
It would be David, who would once again steal the headlines though. After an unsettled start to his final run, David found his usual powerful rhythm on the Olympic course, storming the last two thirds of his run. Crossing the line into first place, no other subsequent challenger could better David’s time, resulting in David being crowned World Champion in C1 for the second time in 3 years!! Congratulations David, from everyone at Peak UK, a truly amazing achievement.
Similar to the C1M, in the C1W, Great Britain would have a good showing in the final, with all 3 boats battling it out for the medals. Unfortunately mistake riddled runs and penalties meant the Great Britain women finished outside of the medals this time. Kim Woods finished 4th, Eilidh Gibson 5th and Mallory Franklin in 7th. Jess Fox showed her dominance on the category, by putting on a master class in C1W paddling for the crowds, securing yet another World Championship title.
Anticipation for more GB finalists in the K1M category was justified with the great results, Hounslow, Forbes-Cryans and Clarke had been posting throughout the Championships. Unfortunately the Semi Final did not go to plan for the team, with Hounslow and Forbes-Cryans falling victim to a few mistakes and penalties on their semi final run, finishing 19th and 18th respectively. Joe Clarke had been securing World Cup finals all year, so expectation was naturally high. A harsh 50 second penalty on Joe’s semi final run, meant rather than finishing 7th and having the opportunity to challenge for a medal, Joe finished 38th and would have to watch the finals from the river bank.
Elsewhere, Peak UK Team members struggled to make the final with Boris Neveu (11th) and Sebastian Schubert (32h) missing out.
Attention now turns for the British Team to the Special Olympic Selection Events. These are being held at Lee Valley 24/25th October. As the GB team secured Olympic quota spots in all disciplines for the Rio Games, this selection series will decide who books their name on the Rio bound tickets…
Peak UK: still winning after 25 years….
This year saw Peak UK reach it’s 25th birthday! Along the way we have collected several awards for innovation in the paddlesports industry and we have no intention of slowing down with old (ish) age….
Paddle Expo, held annually in Nuremberg, Germany, is the biggest paddlesport trade show in the world. Every year manufacturers and paddlesport companies come from across the globe to show off their new products for the coming year.
Last week at Paddle Expo 2015 we were delighted to be awarded the Special Jury Prize for 25 years of Peak UK and for our range of custom printed kayaking equipment.
Our custom range is totally unique and we can print any design, logo or photo onto a range of fully waterproof kayaking jackets, suits and pfds.
Canoe Slalom World Championships. London. 2015. Day 4
The business end of the competition took place today. Semi Finals in the morning, with the top 10 athletes in each classes progressing through to the afternoons Finals, to contend for the medals and World Championship crowns.
In the C2M category, the crews of Stott/Proctor and Florence/Hounslow used all their experience to secure their opportunity in the Final. Burgess/Pitt struggled at the bottom end of a highly technical course finishing 20th. Looking to Team Peak UK interest, the Skantar cousins, were unable to match the pace of the top 10 crews and were a surprise to missed out on the final.
For the K1W category, Britain continued their fantastic form, with all three athletes securing a top 10 finish. Lizzie Neave, Kim Woods and Fiona Pennie would all race in the afternoon to battle it out for the medals.
Emilie Fer collected too many penalties on her Semi Final run, resulting in now final spot for her this time.
Unfortunately the 5 British boas could not translate their previous form into medals. Having strong performances but not quite finding the extra elements in their runs to secure a podium spot.
However the medal opportunities were not over, as the team finals for the C2M and K1W followed. Thankfully the British team sent the crowds away with something to smile about, winning Silver in the K1W teams, and Bronze in the C2M.
Canoe Slalom World Championships. London. 2015. Day 3.
The form of the British Team has been sterling over the last two days of competition, thankfully this continued today. All 3 British K1M, Joe Clarke, Bradley Forbes-Cryans and Richard Hounslow, blasted down the course on the first run and booked their places in the Semi Finals, due to be held on Sunday.
Peak UK team members Sebastian Schubert and Boris Neveu, had to take two bites at the cherry in order to make it through to the Semi Final, as a result of them both collecting a 50 second penalty on gate 6.
Exciting times ahead…!!
Photos: Paul Ramsdale
Canoe Slalom World Championships. London. 2015. Day 2.
Athletes were welcomed to the second day of competition at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with wonderful sunshine and absolutely no sign of yesterday’s storms, otherwise known as summer!! Strange for Britain I know, but it does appear from time to time.
Today saw the qualification runs for C1M and C1W classes. The main aim of todays racing was once again to qualify in the top 30 boats heading into the Semi Final rounds, preferably on first run effort alone.
Looking once again at the British interest, we happily saw the David Florence and Adam Burgess progress through to the Semi-Final from their first run. We had to wait for the second run to see Ryan Westley book his place for Sunday’s Semi Final.
Peak UK team member and Canoe Slalom Legend Michal Martikan, also had trouble qualifying on just his the first run, but came good on his second run, securing yet another World Championship Semi Final spot.
Photos: Paul Ramsdale