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Stone canoe stars sail into Team GB

Stafford and Stone Canoe Club paddlers descended on the Lee Valley Olympic Water Course in London to compete for selection to the GB Teams for 2018.

The beginning of the Easter Holidays saw the best seniors and junior Canoe Slalom athletes from all over the UK at the venue.

S&SCC juniors had performed well the weekend before at Nottingham White Water Course when the Junior Selection started and were in good positions for continuing the junior race at Lee Valley. The juniors would compete over two days to increase the points they had already secured.

As always the competition was closely fought but S&SCC paddler Sam Maingay (above) who competed on the junior GB Team in 2017, stormed through to secure his place on the 2018 Junior Team in C1M.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been selected to the GB team again this year and am really looking forward to competing at the World Championships in Italy. A massive thank you my coaches, parents and sponsors”

The senior paddlers were to compete over three days at Lee Valley, competing in four events K1M, C1M, C1W, K1W.

In K1M Olympic Champion Joe Clarke retained his place with a good performance over the event, followed by Christopher Bowers qualifying for the Senior and Under 23 Teams.

C1M paddler Adam Burgess also made the senior team again, saying: “Representing Great Britain once again for 2018! Intense weekend, thanks for all of the support especially to the family and friends who braved the weather bankside in Lee Valley”

As the top paddlers were competing for selection the club were busily arranging taster days for their 2018 Junior intake.

This successful Canoe Slalom club has introduced hundreds of children to the sport and these four GB athletes all started as youngsters.

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