CANOEING: British title and senior GB team selection for Kimberley

Kimberley Woods
Kimberley Woods

Rugby canoe star prepares for World U23 championships in Brazil

Kimberley Woods had a great weekend at the Lea Valley White Water centre, securing Great Britain senior team selection and becoming British champion in the Canadian class.

Kimberley put in some excellent runs in the events held over three days against the best paddlers in the country.

Each race was a standard format with the best of two runs deciding the winner. The best two race results decide who would be in the Senior GB team representing GB at the 2015 World Championships in Lea Valley in September, which determines which countries will have an entry in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

They will also represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Leipzig and the five World Cup events, which will give the competitors the opportunity to get points towards the Olympic games selection.

The course designers presented athletes with three challenging courses over the weekend, designed to test the competitors’ speed and skill that produced very competitive racing across all classes.

On the Friday in the Canadian class Kimberley dominated the field winning by 9.4 seconds.

In the Kayak Class she was in second place after the first run but came back on the second run with the fastest time putting her into first place by 0.38 secs, gaining maximum points.

Saturday saw Kimberley in the Canadian class in third place after the first runs but came back on the second run winning by 4.7secs securing her place in the Great Britain team.

In the Kayak she had a reasonable first run coming second overall but failed to improve in the second runs dropping to fourth place. Kimberley was the only paddler competing in both classes at the selection so doing four competitive runs over each day had possibly taken its toll on her last run.

On Sunday, the final leg of the event Kimberley had already secured her place in the team for the Canadian class but still put down a winning time in her first run demonstrating her dominance in the class.

In the kayak class the four leading ladies were battling it out for the two remaining places in the team as Fiona Penny had been preselected to the team based on winning at the European championships.

On the first runs Kimberley had the fastest time but with two time penalties dropped into second place behind Lizzie Neave, the last senior in the mix.

With the pressure building up on her second and final run she had a similar time but with only one two second penalty managing to hold onto second place from her training partner Mallory Franklin, which was enough to secure a place in the GB team.

Kimberley is off to Brazil next weekend to race in the World under 23s Championships in two weeks time.