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Paracanoe squad in record breaking form at May National Regatta

Beighton Nick

British Canoeing's paracanoe squad were in blistering form at the May Regatta at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

Marsden Ian

Rio bronze medallist Nick Beighton was first to set a new national course record for the men’s KL2 class with an impressive time of 44.32.  Also in the KL2 Dave Phillipson, who has recently transferred from wheelchair tennis to paracanoe, recorded a personal best time of 47.60.

In the next race it was Ian Marsden’s turn to set a national course record.  The Stoke-on-Trent based athlete setting a new record time of 50.09 in the men’s KL1.

In the men’s KL3 Jonny Young and Robert Oliver shared the spoils, by both taking a victory.

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In the women’s KL2 class Paralympic and World Champion Emma Wiggs produced two strong performances to finish ahead of Nikki Paterson and talent transfer athlete Charlotte Henshaw. Fellow Paralympic Champion Jeanette Chippington showed consistent form in the women’s KL1.

The May regatta also saw retiring Paralympic Champion (KL3) Anne Dickins presented with a Rio Paralympic vest signed by all the paracanoe staff and athletes in recognition of her contribution to the team.

The paracanoe squad will be back in action next month in preparation for the selection regatta in July and the European and World Championships later in the season.

Results from the May Regatta are now available here.