CANOEING: Great Britain selection for Ryan

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18-year-old will travel to Austria in June

Canoeist Ryan Hunt has been selected to represent GB in whitewater racing.

Ryan, 18, from Stretton under Fossse, took up the sport when he was eight, trying a number of different options and eventually settling on canoeing rather than kayaking, as canoeists only use one blade.

Only last August he converted from flat water sprinting to whitewater racing, paddling in the C1 class, where competitors kneel with one blade, and so is delighted to have been selected for Great Britain.

Despite having had little experience on whitewater before last August, Ryan has made rapid progress. In November he won both the British University Championships on the river Washburn and the English Championships on the Tyne, and then went on to win the Scottish Championships paddling on the river Tay in February.

Over the Easter weekend he added the Welsh Championships to his successes, racing on the Tryweryn in Bala and also gained selection to represent country. He will travel to Austria in June with the GB team to compete in a series of four races over different rivers. Just out of juniors, Ryan is competing in the open men’s class and coupled with the short time he has been involved with this discipline, this is a remarkable achievement.

Wildwater canoeing consists of two different events the sprint over a short course of around 1000m and the classic which is over the distance of 2–2.5Km.

Ryan trains regularly on the canal in Brinklow but travels all over the country to train and race on more demanding rivers. He balances his training with doing a degree in Interdisciplinary Science at Leicester University, teaching swimming, and helping with the local scout and explorer units.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring Ryan please contact him on Je.lewis26@gmail.com