Excellent runs in olympic trials

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Rising star Kimberley Woods showed some incredible talent as the youngest competitor in the Canoe Slalom Olympic, Senior & Under 23 GB Team Selection Event.

Lee Valley white water centre is set within a mile of Junction 25 of the M25, and this iconic venue will host the 2012 Olympics.

It was the venue for the Tesco 2012 Olympic, Senior and Under 23 GB Canoe Slalom Team selection event held over the weekend.

The first day was a standard format with the best run from two, deciding the winner where as the following two days replicated the Olympic competition format, which consisted of a semi-final run in the morning, with the top half of the field progressing to the A final and the rest to a B final in the afternoon.

The sun was shining in the Lee Valley White Water Centre and the crowd of 1500 spectators were revelling in the electric atmosphere, as the athletes responded to the challenging white water conditions.

The course designers presented athletes with three different challenging courses over the three days, designed with fast racing in mind which produced very competitive racing across all classes and each age category.

Kimberley Woods from Rugby Canoe Club was taking part in the Senior and Under 23 K1W and C1W selection events.

On the first day she came 2nd in the K1 but had difficulty on the hard course staying upright in the C1 rolling 8 times on her first run. Kimberley has not paddled the C1 very often at Lee Valley and it showed with her coming 4th over all.

On the second day Kimberley managed a 3rd place in the K1 winning the B final and, getting used to the water, achieved an amazing second place in the C1 also getting a crucial percentage against the fastest K1Man that is required to be in any GB team.

On the third day Kimberley came 4th in the K1 and second again in the C1 consolidating her position as third boat in the under 23 K1W Team and 2nd boat in the senior and Under 23 C1W teams. Kimberley has also been nominated as a reserve boat for the senior K1W team.

Reflecting on the event and the selected teams, John Anderson, GB Canoeing Performance Director said: “We have seen some outstanding performances here this weekend and it has certainly been a rollercoaster ride.

“It is also great to see some young athletes coming into the senior team and that we have also been able to select a full team in each of the five classes at under 23 level which is impressive.”