CANOEING: World Championship gold and silver for Kimberley

Kimberley Woods on the rostrum, shown on the big screen at the event
Kimberley Woods on the rostrum, shown on the big screen at the event

More international success for Rugby’s canoe star

Canoe star Kimberley Woods has won team gold and individual silver in the Under 23 Canoe Slalom World Championships at Krakow in Poland.

Rugby’s Sportswoman of the Year 2015 represented Great Britain in both the Canadian (C1W) and Kayak (K1W) disciplines at the event.

In the C1W qualification Kimberley, 20, was cutting the line too fine, hitting four gates and incurring eight seconds of penalties to be added to her final score. But she was still fast enough to qualify for the next round.

In the semi-final events Kimberley, the 2015 C1 European Champion, was in form taking third place going into the final.

In the final the former Rugby College student stepped up a gear and produced a fast, solid run, moving up to second place and taking the silver medal behind senior World Champion Jessica Fox.

“I was third at Ivrea in the opening World Cup this year, then fourth and fifth in the next two World Cups,” said Kimberley.

“So to go back up onto the podium this time feels really good and I’m hoping I can make another step up for the Europeans next month as well.”

In the team event that followed Kimberley, Jazz Royal and Eiligh Gibson put in a well-co-ordinated run which put them in first place, winning the gold medal and becoming World U23 Champions.

In the K1W event, Kimberley made a solid start in the qualification stages, coming fourth, followed by a second place in the semi-finals.

In a nail-biting final Kimberley dropped to fourth place behind Jessica Fox from Australia, Karolina Galuskova from the Czech Republic and Lisa Fritsche of Germany, just missing out on the medals.

Kimberley, who began her career at Rugby Canoe Club, is a Sports Studies student at Hertfordshire University, living very close to Lee Valley, the 2012 Olympic canoeing venue.