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Freestyle athletes bid for home World Championship selection

Britain’s top freestyle athletes were all in action across the weekend (23-24 October) as team selection for the 2022 World Championships took place at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

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Robert Crowe in action - Photo: Kim Jones

Just weeks after the European Championships concluded, there was a strong showing across the events with athletes looking to secure selection to compete at the first World Championships held in Great Britain in over 30 years as the World descends on the same Nottingham course next June.

Following final selection ratification, the athletes selected will get to compete in front of a home crowd from 28 June - 2 July 2022.

High demand for the event meant competition stretched across two days, with athletes required to produce six rides to find their best combined score, with each day being scored separately.

In the senior men’s event, Robert Crowe collected top selection points from the weekend with a combined events score of 4,625 from the six rides he produced over the two days, with his second ride of 1,270 being the standout performance of the weekend. Fresh from the European Championships just weeks ago, Harry Price finished with a total of 3,855, with Gav Barker narrowly behind with 3,810.

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Lowri Davies in action - Photo: Kim Jones

After winning silver at the European Championships earlier this month, Jennifer Leal produced two days of outstanding freestyle to top the senior women’s event leaderboard, including an impressive second day total of 740 to collect maximum points, with Lowri Davies too impressing on the twin wave after a stellar first day with a combined total of 900 to take maximum selection points

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Ottilie Robinson-Shaw in action - Photo: Kim Jones

Having already secured a performance place for the K1 Senior women event, Ottilie Robinson-Shaw was purely competing for a squirt women’s place after winning the European title in France. She continued her fine form on the wave with an incredible total of 3,830 to secure top spot on the leaderboard following victories on both days, whilst Tamsyn McConchie took second place with 2,254.

Alex Edwards was the top performer of the weekend in the Squirt Men’s event totalling 4,588 across the weekend, winning both days of action, with Jamie Austen in second with a combined events score of 3,690.

The C1 event was hotly contested with just 30 points separating the top two performers from the weekend. Adam Ramadam edged it with a total of 1,765 after winning both days of action, with Matt Stephenson very close behind with 1,735. James Ibbotson too put in strong displays with a total of 1,340.

Consistent performances from Jolyon Evans in the open canoe meant a top spot finish with a combined events score of 40. Connor Proud too put in some strong displays to take second in the overall table. 

Chris Noble produced an impressive ride on day one of the event where he scored 90 points to top the day of action.

In the junior events, Niamh Macken produced two totals of 310 to take a first and a second in the women’s kayak, with Poppy Ward posting an impressive day one to top the Saturday leaderboard. Ben Higson smashed day one of the men’s kayak event with a combined total of 1,260, with James Ward impressing on day two after a score of 1,030.

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