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Brits continue to put stamp on Junior and U23 canoe slalom European Championships

Another seven British boats progressed to the semi-finals on day two of the Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom ECA European Championships in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, adding to the eight boats that qualified on day one of the competition.

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After an explosive day where she finished top of the of the junior K1 women’s heats, Bethan Forrow (Lee Valley) switched into her C1 boat today and was equally as impressive. Even with three touches amounting to six seconds of penalties, she occupied third position with a time of 112.66 to easily progress into Sunday’s semi-finals.

British teammate Ellis Miller (Lee Valley), who also raced in the kayak yesterday, was close behind Beth and too will be in next round with a strong time of 113.93, including a two-second penalty.

After the disappointment of her kayak result yesterday, Ellis was really pleased with her C1 performance:

"Yesterday's kayak didn't exactly go to plan. I had a paddle back on the first run and I just got unlucky with too many touches in the second run."

"I was a bit disappointed but today was a new day and I was ready for my C1.Today went a lot better everything went to the plan, I executed it really well. Beth (Forrow) and I both qualified top five which was a big confidence boost.

– Ellis Miller

"This is my first competition competing in both C1 and K1 so it has certainly been much busier for me than normal.

"My coach, Greg Hitchen, reassured me that my speed was there and that I was more than capable of putting down a good run today and I did."

It was disappointment for the third member of the junior C1 women’s team as Ailsa Gourlay (Strathallan), who had to take on the second run after missing gate 22 in her first. It was a much stronger performance on the second attempt, but sitting in 6th place, she just missed out on the required top five finish.

A full house made it through to the semi-finals in the junior men’s K1 event; with Jonny Dickson (Independent), Ben Haylett (Holme Pierrepont) and Etienne Chappell (Seren Dwr) all occupying a slot in Sunday’s semi-finals amongst a stacked line up, featuring 60 athletes.

Qualifying as first British boat through this year’s selections, Scottish paddler Jonny Dickson was first to confirm his spot for Sunday after a strong run of 96.29.

Two penalties from Ben Haylett didn’t deny the Holme Pierrepont athlete a place in the next round, finishing just behind his British teammate in eighth place. Ben kept his cool despite the two late touches on gates 15 and 17 to deliver a solid performance good enough to compete again on Sunday.

Etienne Chappell made it three from three in the event, but needed the second run to do so. Also competing in Extreme Slalom and winning gold at the World Cup at Lee Valley White Water Centre, Etienne has enjoyed a huge amount of international experience this season to date, and that experienced paid off as he put down a clean and quick run of 94.58 to take second place and comfortably progress to the next stage of the event.

U23 C1 women’s Phoebe Spicer (Lee Valley) will race in Sunday’s semis after finishing 15th in the heats. Phoebe, who finished with a solid 9th in the Junior K1 class at last year’s World Championships, did pick up two early touches on gates 1 and 2, but kept her composure to put down a quick and solid run and qualify.

It wasn’t to be for Hannah Owen (Independent) and Daisy Cooil (Tees Tigers) in the same event, who both touched gates during their runs to take them away from the qualification places. Hannah finished 9th whilst Daisy was a couple of places behind in 11th from the second run.

A second run was required for Zachary Allin (Independent) in the U23 men’s K1, who posted down a storming clean run to qualify through in fourth place, going down in 91.13. The independent paddler finished under two seconds off top spot and will take plenty of confidence from that run going into Sunday.

Scotland’s Duncan Edwards (Bredalbane) and 2018 junior British Open champion David Paterson (Manchester) both failed to progress to the next round, with David coming closest in 15th after a clean run of 93.92, whilst touched gates meant Duncan finished in 22nd.

In the team events, it was the junior C1 women’s team that finished highest of the eight teams competing during the afternoon, coming 4th. Meanwhile the junior women’s K1 team came 6th and the junior men’s C1 team took 7th place. A full list of results are below.

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Junior Women’s C1 Heats

Bethan Forrow (Lee Valley) – 3rd and qualifies for semi-final on Sunday

Ellis Miller (Lee Valley) – 5th and qualifies for semi-final on Sunday

Ailsa Gourlay (Strathallan) 1st run 27th ; 2nd run 6th to finish 21st overall


Junior Men’s K1 Heats

Jonny Dickson (Independent) 7th and qualifies for semi-final on Sunday

Ben Haylett (Holme Pierrepont) 8th and qualifies for semi-final on Sunday

Etienne Chappell (Seren Dwr) 1st run 47th ; 2nd run 2nd and qualifies for semi-final on Sunday


U23 Women’s C1 Heats

Phoebe Spicer (Lee Valley) 15th and qualifies for semi-final on Sunday

Daisy Cooil (Tees Tigers) 1st run 21st ; 2nd run 11th to finish 26th overall

Hannah Owen (Independent) 1st run 23rd ; 2nd run 9th to finish 24th overall


U23 Men’s K1 Heats

Zachary Allin (Independent) 1st run 34th ; 2nd run 4th and qualifies for semi-final on Sunday

Duncan Edwards (Bredalbane)  1st run 33rd ; 2nd run 22nd to finish 42nd overall

David Paterson (Manchester) 1st run 41st ; 2nd run 15th to finish 35th overall


Team Events


Junior Men’s K1 – 14th

Junior Women’s C1 – 4th 

Junior Men’s C1 – 7th

Junior Women’s K1 – 6th


U23 Men’s K1 – 14th

U23 Women’s C1 –8th

U23 Men’s C1 – 10th

U23 Women’s K1 – 8th