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Canoe Sprint athletes selected for international season

Reigning Olympic Champion Liam Heath has secured his spot on the British Canoe Sprint team for the upcoming international season, overcoming the tricky weather conditions and a strong challenge from his former K2 partner Jon Schofield in the K1M 200m.

Liam Heath Selection Event

The gold medallist from Rio took the top spot at the selection regatta which was held at Holme Pierrepont over the weekend, which determined the lineup for the British teams for the World Cup events which will be held in May, and a host of other events.

Three-time Olympian Jessica Walker (Royal) took the victory in the women’s K1W 200m to secure her place on the team along with Emily Lewis from Worcester.

Emily also went on to win the top spot in the K1W 500m, along with Chelmsford’s Emma Russell.

Solihull’s Tom Lusty was in fine form to win the men's K1 1000m final, building on his form over the past two seasons and in the C1 it was Arthur Leech of Richmond who has qualified to race over the 1000m distance.

Katie Reid also added the C1 berth to the C2 spot she won at the last regatta after a fine win over teammate Chloe Bracewell and CANI’s Afton Fitzhenry.

Afton Fitzhenry has qualified the C1 500m spot with Tom Lusty also qualifying in the K1 500m. 

Leighton Buzzard's Charlie Smith has qualified the place for the K1 5000m with reigning World Champion Lizzie Broughton (Richmond) again qualifying for the K1 5000m and the K1 1000m, the events she also won gold and silver in at the 2018 World Championships.

The senior team athletes have been selected for the World Cup 1 and 2 races in Poznan and Duisberg in May, with Tom Lusty and Afton Fitzthenry earning nominations to Team GB for the European Games in Minsk.

The team for the U23 ECA European Championships and ICF World U23 Championships has now been finalised, along with the junior teams for their respective events. A number of athletes have also been selected to the Brandenburg International Regatta.

Full details of all the teams can be found on the Canoe Sprint International Panel Statement which can be found here.

A full round up of the weekend's racing can still be found at the British Canoeing live blog .