Words: James Pringle
It's been two years since our last freestyle competition and we've all been training hard and waiting for the time we'd get the opportunity to finally come together again and get to see what we can throw down.
The time finally arrived at the 2021 Freestyle British Championships, held at HPP on Inlet. A feature that really allows our imaginations to run wild with every move and ride doable.
It was so much fun to see everyone together again enjoying the excitement of a real life event and to see just how good the standard and the depth of talent within British freestyle is right now. The standard has really shot up in all the categories during the break and it was a joy to watch and compete in.
Notably multiple ICF records were broken - Harry Price won the senior men's K1 with the highest scoring ICF ride in history at 2600! and Ottie Robinson-Shaw managed the same feat in women's setting a new ICF women's record at 1460 to take the British Championship titles.
I think I speak for all of us about how fired up we all are after getting to compete again. We can't wait for the upcoming Europeans, Selections and the much awaited Nottingham Worlds next summer - it's going to be exciting to see what rides we can all manage to step up and send.
Speaking on her performance at the weekend, Ottilie Robinson-Shaw said:
"This years British Championships for the float boat categories was a much needed return to competition for us Brits and a few international friends as well. I was pleased to take top spot in the first ever C1 womens class with a best ICF ride of 760 points but especially honoured to compete against a gutsy bunch of women giving C1 a blast. I set myself a target of 1500 points in the K1 in a single ICF ride and was pleased therefore to take my third British Title of the year with a best ride of 1460 ICF.
"I thought I must have surely pushed closer to the men but pesky Harry Price really raised the bar with a new men's highest ICF score of 2,600 points and Robert Crowe pushing all the way with a best over 2,400 points. Crazy points!"
A huge thanks to GB freestyle, Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club, especially Tanya Neilson, John Allars and the judging team for pulling off such a great event.
Watch Harry Price take the senior men's K1 with the highest scoring ICF ride in history at 2600.