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Wild Water Junior & U23 Championships comes to a close in Austria

The Wild Water Junior and U23 World Championships, which took place in Murau, Austria, ended this weekend, with the British team celebrating a fantastic week of competition.

The Sprint racing provided an exciting opportunity to watch some of the best athletes in the world charge through the picturesque Austrian town of Murau, where Brit Calum Gingell put in an extremely strong individual performance to finish 8th place overall.

This has been an absolutely fantastic experience. It’s been an opportunity to practice the same river at different levels and has proved interesting during competition as well.

– Calum Gingell

There was equally tight racing in the Ladies U23 C1, where Rachel Houston just missed out on a Bronze medal to finish 4th. Rachel coped with the ever-changing river levels superbly, learning from the huge challenges the team faced, with levels rising from 25 cumecs to 145 cumecs over three days, and huge trees being washed down the course too!

It has been a really good week. It’s been a great opportunity to come out and practice the water at so many varying levels. River reading skills were definitely tested in the classic. I enjoyed the fluctuating river levels – it’s like three rivers in one – a bargain and I now know the difference between crocodiles and trees!

– Rachel Houston

There were some oh-so-close moments where a few hundredths of a second really mattered, reinforcing the competitiveness of the racing. In canoe singles U23 Ryan Hunt moved up the rankings in both Classic and Sprint. Will Fotheringham in C1 Juniors wasn't able to repeat his outstanding first run in the heats and so narrowly missed out on the finals. Both Jodie Ball and Lois Leaver also narrowly missed out on the finals by the narrowest of margins, and have learned so much from the event.

Being out at the U23 worlds has given me a fantastic opportunity to paddle on some very big water and with C1 paddlers from other countries. The support from paddlers and coaches all over the world is superb and these competitions provide experience and opportunities that are difficult to rival.

– Ryan Hunt

In the team events everyone delivered creditable performances - with lots of room for thought about how to improve for next year.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Championships – a superb performance by all!

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