British Canoeing has today announced the extreme canoe slalom squad to compete in international events for the 2019 season, including the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup at Lee Valley White Water Centre in June.
Following the Boater X Series selection event held at Lee Valley on Saturday 11th May the panel have selected the Welsh duo of Etienne Chappell and Gabrielle Ridge to complete in the senior, under 23 and junior World Championships.
It is the second time that Etienne and Gabrielle have been selected for the Extreme Canoe Slalom World Championships, following representation last year in the first ever Great Britain team.
Etienne, who lives in Cwmbran, is a UK Sport Podium Potential athlete who joined the British Canoeing programme in 2018.
At the selection event, Etienne qualified in second place in the senior time trial, before storming to victory in the head-to-head races. By winning the senior, under 23 and junior events, Etienne will be representing Great Britain in all three World Championships.
Fellow Welsh slalom athlete Gabrielle Ridge, from Pembrokeshire, was equally dominant in the women’s events winning the senior and under 23 events to claim selection for both World Championships.
The first international event of the season for the British team will be on Saturday 15 June at the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup London, presented by Jaffa, taking place at Lee Valley White Water Centre.
In the men’s event Aaron White and Gareth Farrow, who finished in second and third place in the senior final head-to-head race, will represent Great Britain alongside Etienne Chappell.
Fellow under 23 paddlers Emily Davies and Emily Buchanan, will join Gabrielle Ridge at the World Cup after finishing in second and third place.
Extreme canoe slalom first appeared on the International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) World Cup programme in 2015, and was part of the 2017 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Pau.
It is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the sport, with the best white water kayakers racing each other head-to-head in identical plastic creek boats.
The course includes a launch from a ramp, downstream and upstream gates and a 25m section where each paddler has to complete a 360 degree roll.
Following an individual time trial, four paddlers line up on the start line ramp for each heat, with two qualifying through to the next round.
The knockout rounds continue through to semi-finals and a final where the medals are decided.
The 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup London presented by Jaffa takes place on 14-16 June 2019. Over 4,000 tickets have been sold in advance, with tickets currently on general sale.
The extreme slalom events take place on the afternoon of Saturday 15 June.
For further information about the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup London presented by Jaffa, including ticket prices and the schedule click here.