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Great Britain’s top sprint and paracanoe athletes gear up 2022 World Champs

Great Britain’s top sprint and paracanoe athletes return to international action once again as they descend on Halifax, Canada for the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships, taking place from 3-7 August.

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A 22-strong British team is set to take on the World Championships with the five-day competition being the first time a number of Paralympic and World medallists will return to international racing after the double header in Tokyo and Copenhagen last year. 

The Canoe Sprint team also returns to the fold after their World Cup series earlier this year as they line up in Halifax, who are hosting the ICF World Championships for the first time since 2009 and the third time overall.

Returning to international competition for the first time since September last year, 2021 Paralympic and World Champions Charlotte Henshaw MBE, Emma Wiggs MBE and Laura Sugar MBE all line up at Lake Banook looking to retain their titles. 

Having won her maiden Paralympic gold in Tokyo, Charlotte backed up her Games debut in the sport by claiming KL2 and VL3 World Championship titles in Copenhagen just two weeks later and will be in the hunt to retain both titles in Canada as she first races on Wednesday. 

Three-time Paralympic medallist, Emma Wiggs returns to the start line-up once again on Wednesday as she prepares to take on both the women’s VL2 and KL2 across the week, the events in which she won the gold and silver medals in Tokyo and 2021 World Championships in Copenhagen respectively.

Emma can't wait to be back on the start-line again tomorrow.

Laura Sugar MBE too will look to defend her World Championship title as she prepares to take on her third international season racing the women’s KL3. Laura burst onto the scene back in 2019 and claimed Paralympic gold in Tokyo last season.

2021 World Champion Jack Eyers will get his campaign underway on Thursday as he looks to win his second men’s VL3 title in Halifax. After a strong year of training, Jack is looking to make another impact on the water in Canada.

Having claimed two silver medals at the 2021 World Championships, Hope Gordon will race the women’s KL3 and VL3 off the back of the Beijing Winter Paralympic Games, where she competed in para nordic skiing. She’s now back in the boat and will double up in Canada starting Wednesday.

Rob Oliver will look to build on his emphatic bronze medal in Tokyo last summer as well as his 2021 World Championship silver medal, as he takes on the men’s KL3 once again on Wednesday. He will be joined by Jonny Young who claimed a top ten finish in Copenhagen last year.

Two-time Paralympic paracanoe medallist Jeanette Chippington OBE takes on the women’s VL2 and KL1 after winning VL2 bronze at the Tokyo Games, making it 29 international medals to her name since she started in the sport in 2011

Dave Phillipson will race the men’s KL2 on Wednesday morning as he comes into the competition off the back of his debut Games in paracanoe. Dave finished seventh last summer in a tightly contested Paralympic final.

Stewart Clark and Martin Tweedie conclude the paracanoe team in Canada. Stewart will be in men’s VL2 action as he races for the first time in 2022, whilst two-time bronze medallist Martin re-joins the team in the men’s VL3 having last competed internationally in 2019.

In canoe sprint, the women’s K4 500m crew of Deborah Kerr (Anker Valley), Emily Lewis (Worcester), Emma Russell (Chelmsford) and Rebii Simon (Elmbridge) line up in Canada off the back of an impressive performance at World Cup 2 in Poznan, where they finished fifth. They return to action on Wednesday morning.

Deborah and Emma will be doubling up as they also race the women’s K2 500m on Thursday. The pair narrowly missed out on a medal last season in their first race as a duo, after they finished fourth at the World Championships in Copenhagen.

Emily too will double up as she has two races on Wednesday, also lining up in the K1 500m in which she made her Olympic debut in Tokyo last year.

After a strong block of training as a crew, Emily can’t wait to compete with her teammates and see what they can produce over the week.

Chelmsford’s Dan Johnson has had an impressive 2022 season so far, winning a number of national titles during the regatta earlier this year, as well as a K1 1000m B Final victory at the World Cup in Racice. He will return in the same event this week and is looking to try build on his performance in May.

Noah Dembele (Leaside), Tom Lusty (Solihull), Trevor Thomson (Ealing) and Lewis Fletcher (Scottish Performance Squad) will race in the men’s K4 500m once again on Wednesday.  The four athletes raced the heats at the first World Cup of the season in Racice, and will be looking to build on their performance at Lake Banook.

With an individual A final to her name, Afton Fitzhenry (Belfast) alongside Beth Gill (Chelsmford), who joins the squad after winning two silver medals at the marathon European CHampionships,  complete the squad this week in Canada. They will race the women’s C2 500m on Wednesday after winning the race off two weeks ago. 

Racing gets underway on Wednesday at 14:00 BST, with Emma Wiggs and Jeanette Chippington kick-starting the British action in the women's VL2 heats.

You can follow all the action live via the ICF live stream here

You can also follow the live results here

Paracanoe World Championship Team

Men’s KL2 Dave Phillipson

Men’s KL3 Rob Oliver (Solihull), Jonny Young (CANI)

Men’s VL2 Stewart Clark (Chelmsford)

Men’s VL3 Jack Eyers, Martin Tweedie 

Women’s KL1 Jeanette Chippington (Longridge)

Women’s KL2 Charlotte Henshaw, Emma Wiggs 

Women’s KL3 Laura Sugar, Hope Gordon 

Women’s VL2 Emma Wiggs, Jeanette Chippington (Longridge)

Women’s VL3 Charlotte Henshaw, Hope Gordon 

Canoe Sprint Senior World Championship Team: 

Men’s K1 500m Dan Johnson (Chelmsford)

Men’s K1 1000m Dan Johnson  (Chelmsford)

Men’s K4 500m  Noah Dembele (Leaside), Tom Lusty (Solihull), Trevor Thomson (Ealing) and Lewis Fletcher (Scottish Performance Squad)

Women’s K1 500m Emily Lewis (Worcester)

Women’s K2 500m Deborah Kerr (Anker Valley) / Emma Russell (Chelmsford)

Women’s K4 500m  Deborah Kerr (Anker Valley), Emily Lewis (Worcester), Emma Russell (Chelmsford) and Rebii Simon (Elmbridge)

Women’s C2 500m Beth Gill (Chelmsford) / Afton Fitzhenry (Belfast)