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Kool Kayakers Canoe Club takes Gold at National Freestyle Kayaking Championships

Over the weekend of 10th -11th September, Askern based Kool Kayakers Canoe Club took first place in the GB Freestyle Kayaking Club Championships

The Championships were held at the White Water Course at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham. Kool Kayakers beat off fierce competition from the Lee Valley Canoe Club (based at our Olympic Course down in London), the Midlands Kayak Club and the Holme Pierrepont Kayak Club (based at the Whitewater Course in Nottingham).

The Championships were aimed at both male and female kayakers in a range of classes from novices to elite paddlers, in junior, senior and master classes (the over 40s club!) They covered serious events such as freestyling and boater cross mixed with fun events such as cartwheeling, the ergo machine and crowd pleasing.

Individual successes by Kool Kayaker Canoe Club members included

  • Amy Bradbury - 2nd novice girl overall 
  • Cheryl Robinson - 2nd novice master overall 
  • Andy Robson - 3rd novice master freestyle 
  • Wayne Beck - 2nd novice master overall and 1st in freestyle
  • Kevin Jones - 1st novice master overall and 3 rd in freestyle
  • Mark Skirrow - 3rd novice senior overall and 2nd in freestyle 
  • Joe Mathers - 2nd novice senior overall 
  • Rebecca Skirrow - 1st senior open freestyle 
  • Lowri Davies - 3rd elite overall
  • Tina Briggs - 1st novice overall 
  • Josh Beck & Connor Whiteley - 2nd and 3rd novice respectively

Daniel Whiteley and Jamie Ingamells also took part and added to the Club’s tally of points to win the trophy.

When asked what was the secret of the club’s success, Rebecca Skirrow (Kool Kayakers’ main organizer for this event) said that the club had recognized the inclusive nature of the championships. The club had made sure it had a large number of entries in as many classes as possible. Basically, any club member who could surf a wave, or could get down the Holme Pierrepont White Water course safely or could cartwheel a kayak was encouraged to participate. 

The strategy paid off in spades. Over the last few years the club had also had a significant input from freestyle specialist Lowri Davies of Flowfree who ran a number of coaching sessions in freestyling and river kayaking for club members in Wales, Italy and even on the River Nile in Uganda! Lowri also contributed hugely to the club’s efforts over the weekend keeping us in touch with the elite end of the competition.

Congratulations to the club and all who took part!