Congratulations to Hannah Brown who this weekend was crowned K1 Women's Sprint World Champion at the WWR World Championships in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Hannah's win topped off an absolutely brilliant week for the British team including Nicky Cresser’s 11th place in the MK1 Classic and world-class performances from all the younger up-and-coming athletes.
A huge thanks should also go to the team and all the helpers who helped get the team out to Bosnia-Herzegovina – a journey not for the faint-hearted!
To come back and win another world title is amazing. I've had some years out from river racing but the current GB team, the international crowd and even the White water is so much fun that I quickly felt back at home. The support I've had is incredible and this race wouldn't have gone the way it did without that so I owe a big thanks to so many.– Hannah Brown, K1W World Champion, WWR Sprint
Speaking of the course Nicky Cresser said "The course in Banja Luka is a tough one, with 10 minutes on big bouncy waves with some very pushy boiley sections followed 4 minutes on pretty much flat water to the finish. There was quite a lot of pain on the river that day!"
"It's been great to see and hear the amount of support we've had. The whole team is very grateful for all of the messages of encouragement and comments on social media."
Paul Anderson, British Canoeing Performance Director and WWR Team leader added to this, celebrating the achievements of all the athletes at the Championships.
As team leade, I have been proud of the entire team who have represented their nation with pride and produced some excellent results. Stand out performances came from World Champion Hannah Brown with Nicky Cresser Men's K1 and Rachel Houston ladies C1 both just off top 10. A special mention must be made to the numerous athletes who competed for the first time and with distinction; this includes junior athletes Ed McDirmed C2 and Morna Campbell K1.– Paul Anderson, British Canoeing Performance Director and WWR Team Leader
Below you will find some images of the championship and our new World Champion. Take a bow Hannah Brown!