Rugby’s star paddler tops UK rankings
Rugby’s Kimberley Woods has won selection to the Great Britain senior team for 2016.
She’s had a hectic schedule racing at Lee Valley White Water centre first in the GB senior team selection event and then in the last Premier Event of the year held in conjunction with the British Open.
To make things harder Kimberley was one of only two women racing in both Kayak and Canadian classes.
The Selection event was held over three days, each race was a standard format with the best of two runs deciding the winner, the best two race results deciding who would be in the Senior GB team representing GB at the 2016 World and European Championship races and the World Cup series of five races.
The course designers presented athletes with three challenging courses, designed to test the competitors’ speed and skill that produced very competitive racing across all classes.
On the Saturday in the Canadian class Kimberley attempted to do a move taking a difficult line to gain time but missed it and dropped down the field, but bounced back on the Sunday coming second, which was sufficient points to make the team so did not race in the Canadian class on the Monday conserving her strength for the Kayak.
In the first two days of Kayak racing Kimberley was in third place behind Fiona Penny and Lizzy Neave, on the Friday she dropped to fourth place but had done enough to secure the third boat place in the GB senior team for the second year running.
The following week end saw Kimberley back in action at Lee Valley in the last premier event of the year. She came third in the Kayak behind Fiona Penny and Lizzy Neave again and over one second in front of her training partner and biggest rival Malory Franklin.
In the Canadian class Kimberley was again on form and won the event 0.5. seconds in front of Malory Franklin. These results consolidated Kimberley’s nation ranking in Kayak as 2nd overall and top U23 competitor.
In the Canadian class the result moved Kimberley into 1st place in the rankings and National Senior and U23 Champion
In the British Open on Sunday Kimberley was in first place in the Canadian class semi-finals and down to 5th place in the kayak. She came back in the second runs in Kayak moving up the to 3rd place but did not improve in the Canadian and dropped to 3rd place. The top three places on both days were taken by the senior team selected the previous week.