Flatwater Canoeing - What is it?
Canoe and kayak flatwater racing is very similar to rowing, in that competitors race across expanses of calm water, rather than slalom down white water rapids. But, it requires a very specialised technique that calls on strength, speed, stamina and co-ordination in equal measure.
There are subtle differences in the the two different categories of canoe and kayak. Competitors kneel in canoes and use a single blade paddle, while in a kayak you are in a seated position using a double ended paddle.
Events are held for single athletes, pairs or fours, with the races taking place over distances of 500m and 1000m.
Flatwater K-2 500m - 9th Place
Anna Hemmings, is Britain’s leading female marathon canoeist and current World Champion.
In 2005 she regained her status as the World’s leading marathon canoeist at the Marathon Racing World Championships in Perth, Australia. In 2006 she successfully defended her world title. In 2007 she went on to make it a hat-trick of three World titles in a row. This latest medal is her sixth gold since 1999 , confirming her status as Britain’s most successful ever female canoeist.
Jess Walker who is one of the youngest members of the BCU’s flatwater squad, having succeeded at junior level.
She started paddling after being introduced to the sport by a friend, and went on to win two bronze medals in the world junior marathon championships and both a gold and a silver medal at junior European championship level.
Born in Brighton, Jess lived on the Isle of Wight for five years before moving to London.
Flatwater K-1 500m - 7th place
Lucy Waiwright is one of the most experienced paddlers on the GB canoeing team, having been canoeing since 1990.
Born in Swindon, Lucy is now based in Nottingham where she trains. She took up canoeing at her local club, Fladbury canoe club, as a family activity. Her sister also used to paddle.
Her aim is to pursue a career in nutrition or sport science, although she plans to keep canoeing after Beijing and go on to race at London 2012.
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