Success at both Kayak and Canadian on Olympic slalom course
Rugby Canoe Clubs’ Kimberley Woods was racing at Lee Valley White Water centre last weekend. This is the iconic venue that hosted the 2012 Olympic Games.
The events held over the weekend were the first two National Premier Division races of 2015 combined with the under 23 GB team selection event.
The premier races were a standard format race with the best of two runs deciding the winner, whereas the GB Selection used the first Premier race results as race one and both legs of race two as races 2 & 3 to decide who would be in the U23 GB team representing GB in the world championships in Brazil.
The course designers presented athletes with two challenging courses, designed with fast racing in mind which produced very competitive racing across all classes.
On the Saturday Kimberley in the Kayak Class set the fastest time on the first run but was relegated to third place by incurring four seconds of penalties for touching two gates.
On her second run she maintained her position but importantly was the first boat in the Under 23 selection series, gaining maximum points.
In The Canadian class she was the only paddler to do a particularly difficult move forward but paid the price by having too much speed into the next section and only managing third place.
Sunday saw Kimberley setting the pace in the Canadian class leading the field by over two seconds after the first run. On the second run she had a stunning run knocking over nine seconds off her time and leading the field by nearly ten seconds and secured her place in the GB team.
In the Kayak she had a reasonable first run coming third overall but failed to improve in the second runs, dropping to fourth place overall and second in the under 23, selected again in the GB Team.
Kimberley was the only paddler competing in both classes at the selection and doing eight competitive runs over two days had possibly taken its toll on her last run.