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Paracanoe Squad Named for European and World Championships

British Canoeing is pleased to announce the paracanoe athletes that have been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Championships and World Championships for 2017.

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Following on from the selection regatta held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham on 1 July, British Canoeing has named a squad of eight athletes to compete at the European Championships, held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria 13 - 15 July,

Ten Paracanoe members have been named to compete in the World Championships taking place in Racice, Czech Republic 23 – 27 August 2017.

KL 3 athlete Jonny Young has received a call up to both the European and World Championships after two fine victories in the men’s races at the selection regatta. In addition, two successful Va’a victories means Jonny will compete in KL 3 and VL 3.

Rob Oliver, who finished fifth in the Rio 2016 Paralympics, will also be racing in the KL 3 at both competitions during the summer, after posting some good times and pushing Jonny all the way in the two races held at Nottingham.

Paralympic gold medallist Emma Wiggs MBE and Paralympic bronze medallist Nick Beighton have both been selected to compete in both KL 2 competitions after impressive performances at the regatta.

Despite a difficult build up to the regatta, Emma put in some impressive times on the water to win the KL 2 women. Nick also finished on top of his classification to earn selection for Plovdiv and Racice.

There are international canoeing debuts for both Charlotte Henshaw and David Phillipson, following their switches to paracanoe from swimming and wheelchair tennis respectively. Both have been training in paracanoe for a number of months and impressed during the selection regatta.

David will be featuring in the KL 2 at the European Championships. Meanwhile, Charlotte will be heading to both the European and World competitions, competing in the VL 2 and KL 2 categories.

There will be a race off between Charlotte and last years’ World Championship silver medallist Nikki Paterson for a spot in the KL 2 World Championships race. Due to injury, Nikki was unable to compete at the July regatta, but will come up against Charlotte after the European Championships to see who will be joining Emma in the women’s KL 2 for the World Championships.

Paralympic Champion, Jeanette Chippington MBE, will have the chance to regain the World Championship title, and will line up in the KL 1 following a strong set of performances at the regatta. Ian Marsden, another successful Paralympian from Rio 2016, will be looking to add to his Paralympic bronze medal in the KL 1 with another successful year at the international competitions.  

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Ian Marsden competing in the July selection regatta

Martin Tweedie, Lindsay Thorpe and Jennifer Warren all caught the eye across the weekend’s racing and have been named as part of the World Championships and will be taking part in the Va’a events.

After naming the team heading out to the European and World Championships, Lead Coach Colin Radmore said:

"We are delighted to announce our team for both the European and World Championships. The team is a great mix of our experienced medal winners from Rio, and new athletes that have progressed well during the close season.

We are excited to be commencing our Tokyo 2020 campaign with such a strong team.

– Colin Radmore

The squads travelling to the European and World Championships are as followed:

European Championships

KL 3 - Jonathan Young, Rob Oliver

KL 2 - Nick Beighton, David Phillipson, Emma Wiggs, Charlotte Henshaw

KL 1 – Ian Marsden, Jeanette Chippington

VL 3 – Jonathan Young

VL 2 – Charlotte Henshaw

VL 1 – Jeanette Chippington


World Championships

KL 3 - Jonathan Young, Rob Oliver

KL 2 - Nick Beighton, Emma Wiggs, Nikki Paterson/Charlotte Henshaw (Race Off TBC)

KL 1 – Ian Marsden, Jeanette Chippington

VL 3 – Jonathan Young, Martin Tweedie, Lindsay Thorpe

VL 2 – Charlotte Henshaw, Jennifer Warren

VL 1 – Jeanette Chippington