Last weekend the Canoe Slalom World Cup 2016 came to its climax in Tacen Slovenia. Four Stafford and Stone athletes were to compete in the final event as part of Team GB.
Adam Burgess (C1M) had made a marked improvement in his World Cup series results over each of the previous four races and the Tacen final was to follow the same pattern. Adam qualified in the first of his heat runs in 20th place through to the semi finals where he then achieved 5th place and secured his spot in the C1M final.
Jasmine Royle (C1W) who is still an U23 paddler had won Individual Silver and Team Gold only two weeks ago at the U23/Junior Europeans in Solkan. World Cup 4 in Prague had seen her miss out on the final so it was all to play for in Tacen. Jasmine qualified in her first heat run to go through to the semi finals. This time Jasmine put in a fantastic run to get herself through to the final in 4th place. Her final run was great but penalties she picked up left Jasmine in 6th place. Outstanding paddling and definitely an athlete to be watching in the next few years as she enters the senior team, and the lead up to Tokyo 2020 Olymoic Games where C1W will make its debut.
Lizzie Neave has had mixed results in this years World Cup series, making 2 out of the 4 World Cup Finals.
In Tacen Lizzie went straight through after her first heat run in 16th place and came 9th in her semi final run to achieve her place in the final. The final saw Lizzie finish in 9th place.
In K1M we would have expected to be watching Joe Clarke compete, but as he is travelling round the UK making appearances, Christopher Bowers was asked to compete in the World Cup Final.
Chris, who is currently a member of the Team GB Junior Team, went through to the Semi’s in his second heat run and in the semi finals Chris finished a in 20th place. A great achievement for a junior 18 paddler.
The squad have flown home and soon will be back racing and training in the UK.
Photos by Andy Neave