After a competitive second round of selection at the National Championships this weekend, the British Paracanoe team which will compete at the ICF World Championships in Szeged next month, has been announced.
Reigning Va’a World Champion Emma Wiggs has overcome a career-threating wrist injury to secure her place for both the VL2 and the KL2.
After back-to-back gold medals in the VL2 at the recent World Cup and European Championships, Wiggs had already booked her spot on the team in the new Paralympic discipline and, after a solid performance this weekend, she also secured her KL2 place for the World Championships.
Having qualified for the KL2 spot in Poznan posting a World leading time, reigning World Champion Charlotte Henshaw has also added the VL3 spot to her race agenda, having won her first international medal in the discipline last year.
Solihul’s Rob Oliver was back on the podium at the World Cup and European Championship in May and had already secured his place in the KL3. He will be joined by CANI’s Jonny Young who will take up the second spot.
Paralympic bronze medallist Nick Beighton will be joined by Dave Phillipson in the men’s KL2 after a competitive weekend of racing.
Martin Tweedie makes his return to international competition in the VL3. The two-time world bronze medallist has been selected for the second VL3 spot event alongside Stuart Wood, who qualified his position after a fine European gold medal and fifth place at the World Cup in May.
In a hotly contested KL3 women’s event, it was Hope Gordon who bagged her place on the team alongside already selected Laura Sugar, with both athletes making their World Championships debut in August.
Having already secured their qualification earlier in the year, Jeanette Chippington (KL1), Ian Marsden (KL1) and Stewart Clark (VL2) complete the team who will be competing against the best in the world for medals and the crucial boat quota spots for next year’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
At the conclusion of the World Championships, the team will then head out to Japan for the Toyko 2020 test event.
Scott Simon, Head Coach for the paracanoe programme, said: “I am delighted with the strength and depth of the team and having genuine contenders in all nine Paralympic events ahead of the World Championships and Paralympic quota qualification.
“I’m relishing the opportunity to support the athletes and staff team in achieving their aspirations towards Tokyo and making Project 9 a reality.”
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