14th December 2009
Hemel Hempstead Canoe Club at Peterborough Slalom
Two 15-year-old youngsters from Hemel Hempstead Canoe Club were in the medals at Peterborough Slalom at the weekend. Despite the cold James Prowse and Gant Underwood took to the water and won 1st Junior in divisions 4 and 3 respectively.
Club coach Robin Oakley, who also entered in division 2, enthused; “It takes a lot of commitment to want to go and canoe halfway through December, but these youngsters are just taking the weather in their stride and pulled out excellent performances to top their age groups.”
Slalom canoeing is a testing event where paddlers have to navigate their canoe round a course of moving or rough water marked by poles hanging above the water know as gates. There are time penalties for touching the poles or missing a gate. Events usually take place from early Spring to late Autumn and start with lower division paddlers on moving water up to topflight paddlers competing on very rough white water rivers. For more information visit the Slalom website at www.canoeslalom.co.uk.
Hemel Hempstead is always ready to welcome new members and teaches beginners as well as providing coaching for established paddlers. For more information about the Club visit: www.hhcanoeclub.com.As well as James and Grant; Hemel Hempstead were also represented by Sue Prowse, Robin Oakley and Neal Underwood in the senior events.