British Canoeing has named its teams for the World Canoe Sprint Championships and European Canoe Sprint Championships following a solid start to the international season.
After a series of promising performances at the recent ICF World Cup events, the 13-strong team for the World Championships includes Katie Reid (Holme Pierrepont) and Lizzie Broughton (Richmond) who secured their places after standout races in Szeged and Duisburg.
With a sub-48 second PB last weekend in Szeged and a bronze medal this weekend in Duisburg, Katie Reid claimed the C1 200m berth for both the World Championships and European Championships. In one of the largest and most competitive fields in the sport, women’s C1 200m will make its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Olympic silver-medallist Jon Schofield (Soar Valley) and Tom Lusty (Solihull) also made the grade after solid performances in the K1 200m and K1 1000m respectively. Jon has won both World Cup B finals so far, with Tom making great gains in his performance this season to step up into a senior A Final with an exceptional PB at the Duisburg World Cup.
Lizzie Broughton added K1 1000m gold in Duisburg to the silver she won in the same event in Szeged and will be looking to retain her podium spot at the World Championships which will be held in Montemor O Velho in Portugal.
Rene Olsen, Head Coach for the Canoe Sprint programme is pleased with the progress the team has made this season following a tough selection process through the World Cups and says the team are on track for the World Championships later this year.
“I am really happy to see how the team has worked strongly together and supported each other to some great performances over the past two weeks. As a team we’re making improvements together and building performances step by step to get closer to the winning boats across our targeted events.
“In particular, I’m really excited to see the progress we’ve made in the women’s canoe programme which will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020. The C1 200m women’s event had one of the largest fields at the weekend and the fact we’re winning medals at this stage in the cycle is really positive, and will give the whole canoe group even more motivation.
“All of our K1 paddlers have produced consistent performances over the past two weeks and are on track for the principal event of this year. Tom Lusty’s 5th place finishing in between the last three world champions was particularly impressive and huge credit to Tom’s coach Andy Penhallurick for supporting Tom to this milestone.
“The K4 crew boats have responded well to our strong starts programme and can match the world’s top boats on the first half of the race. With 12 weeks of solid training to come between now and the World Championships we’re in a really good position to be competitive for the A finals.
“It is valuable to have finished selection earlier this year so our athletes can now have a solid pre-Worlds preparation block of training with a clear focus now on delivery at the Worlds.”
The World Championships will be held from 23-26th August 2018 in Montemor O Velho, Portugal.
The Canoe Sprint International Panel statement can be found here.
The British Canoe Sprint team for the World Championships Comprises:
(Men) Jon Schofield (Soar Valley)
(Women) Jess Walker (Royal)
K4 500 Men
Jon Schofield (Soar Valley CC) / Liam Heath (Wey KC) /Matthew Robinson (Cardiff Bay) / Lewis Fletcher (Linlithgow KR). Reserve: Ieuan James (Forth CC)
K4 500m Women
Emily Lewis (Worcester CC) / Deborah Kerr (Strathclyde KRC) / Amy Turner (Banbury & Dist CC) / Hannah Brown (Wiltshire Youth CC). Reserve : Rachel Cawthorn (Reserve) (Wey KC)
K1 1000m Tom Lusty (Solihull)
C1 200m Katie Reid
K1 500m Rebii Simon (Elmbridge)
K2 1000m Daniel Johnson (Chelmsford CC) /Tom Lusty (Solihull) Reserve: Jon Boyton (Royal)
K1 500m Matthew Bowley (Burton Phoenix)
K2 200m Stelian Naftanaila (Nottingham KC) / Trevor Thompson (Ealing CC)
K1 5000m Zyggy Chmiel (Nottingham)
K1 1000m Lizzie Broughton (Richmond)
K1 5000m Lizzie Broughton (Richmond)
The team for the European Canoe Sprint Championships is:
K1 200m Rachel Cawthorn (Wey)
K1 1000m Jon Boyton (Royal CC)
K2 1000m Jon Boyton / Tim Pendle (Norwich CC)
C1 200m Katie Reid (Holme Pierrepont)
C2 200m Katie Reid / Nia Tomos (Holme Pierrepont) Reserve Chloe Bracewell (Holme Pierrepont)
K1 500m Chloe Bracewell (Holme Pierrepont)