The British Canoeing Canoe Sprint International Panel has confirmed the athletes who have been selected to represent Great Britain at the ICF World Championships and ECA European Championships in August, following the selection regatta held over 3-4 June.
The announcement confirms the sprint team that will join the paracanoe squad heading to the 2022 World Championships taking place in Halifax, Canada this August before travelling to the European Championships, which is being held in Munich as part of a multi-sport event just two weeks later.
After an impressive fifth place at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 2, Deborah Kerr (Anker Valley), Emily Lewis (Worcester), Emma Russell (Chelmsford) and Rebii Simon (Elmbridge) make up the GB Women’s K4 crew once again for both the World and European Championships. The four athletes made their international debut as a crew last month and after a strong selection performance, they will have an opportunity to race again in August.
Finishing fourth on their first outing as a duo at the 2021 World Championships, Deborah and Emma will also double up in the women’s K2 500m, with Emily Lewis also racing the women’s K1 500m.
Katie Reid (Forth) made A Finals at both World Cups earlier in the season off the back of an impressive 2021 which saw her race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Forth athlete will be taking on the women’s C1 200m in both Halifax and Munich once again.
An in-form Dan Johnson (Chelmsford) had a fantastic selection series in Nottingham, off the back of winning the K1 1000m B Final at the first World Cup of the season. Dan has been selected to race in both the men’s K1 1000m as well as the K1 500m.
Noah Dembele (Leaside), Tom Lusty (Solihull), Trevor Thomson (Ealing) and Lewis Fletcher (Scottish Performance Squad) will make up the men’s K4 500m crew in Halifax. The four athletes raced the heats at the first World Cup of the season in Racice, and will be looking to build on their performances in Canada and Germany.
In Men's C2 500m Ben Phillips (Richmond) and Jonathan Jones (Fladbury) have been selected for the Worlds team following a strong performance at the selection regatta.
In addition to the World Championship team, a larger squad has been selected to take on the best in Europe, at the ECA European Championships in Munich as the sport makes its debut in the multisport format.
A winning performance at the selection regatta means Grace Anderson (Norwich) will have the opportunity to make her senior team debut in the women’s K1 1000m.
Ben Gallagher (Scottish Performance Squad) will race off against Lewis Fletcher to see who will race the men’s K1 200m.
As well as combining together in the C2 500m, Ben Phillips and Jonathan Jones will also have individual races in Munich as they take on the C1 200m and C1 500m respectively.
Richmond’s Arthur Leech has been selected to complete the men’s canoe team as he prepares to race the C1 1000m, whilst Katie Reid has also been selected to race the women’s C2 200m alongside Isabel Evans (Lincoln).
Dan Johnson has been selected alongside his brother Matt Johnson (Chelmsford) in the men’s K2 1000m after an impressive performance at the regatta. He will also combine with Noah Dembele to race off against Tom Lusty and Lewis Fletcher in the K2 500m to see who will take the European Championships spot.
Matt Johnson will also have the opportunity to race the men’s K1 5000m after battling the weather conditions in Nottingham.
Melissa Johnson (Chelmsford) is also announced in the team for Munich in the women’s K1 5000m. The IP has made the decision to re-run the Women’s C1 5000m in July after agreeing the weather created an unequal race during the selection regatta.
On the selections, Chris Furber, Performance Director for Canoe Sprint, said “Congratulations to all the athletes selected to represent GBR this summer, I'm delighted to be leading such a strong team into the Championships. My thanks to the International Panel members for their support in selecting these teams.
“The more focused nature of the World’s team represents our Olympic performance ambitions as we move towards Paris 2024, with the European Championships allowing us to take a bigger team of athletes to gain valuable international experience at a multisport event, as we look toward Paris and beyond to LA.”
All athletes (including reserves) will be required to confirm which place(s) they will be accepting and/or declining by 5pm on Sunday 12th June 2022