Gold rush for GB at Paracanoeing World Championships
Dan Hopwoood got the team off to a magnificent start in the first event of the day, winning gold in the men’s V1 A class by a five second margin and set the bar for others to aspire to. This was swiftly followed by Pat Mahoney keen to try and retain his world title, but he has edged out by the German Gerhard Browitzky and the 2010 World Champion Patrick Viriamu from Tahiti and had to settle for bronze.
It was then the start of something really special when Jeanette Chippington, who was paddling in four events (including two in classes above her own ‘A’ classification), started her own gold rush seeing off all the competition in the women’s V1 LTA, V1 TA/A, K1 A and K1 TA to win four out of four races. Sadly the V1 TA/A event had insufficient competitors due to late withdrawals (as a result of the challenging weather conditions) to make it a valid World Championship event, so she had to settle for three gold medals.
Nick Heald also contributed magnificently to the team’s medal haul taking gold in the men’s V1 TA class to give a final impressive tally of five gold and one bronze the best ever performance for Great Britain in Paracanoeing.
A thrilled Steve Harris, Programme Manager said:”This has been a fantastic event for all the athletes and the programme as a whole. Since September we have started to develop a professional support structure for the programme and it is clearly paying dividends. This gives us a great base to go on and ensure we can be competitive, challenging for medals in every class come the Paralymics in 2016.”
John Anderson GB Performance Director added: “To finish as the top nation at the Paracanoeing World Championships with three new World Champions crowned, is a fantastic achievement and I am very proud of everyone involved. With the start of the planning cycle for Rio 2016 only three months away, this puts us in a strong position to professionalize and further develop our programme and attract even more athletes into the sport.”
More information and results can be found at the official event websites: http://www.kayakpl.com/
Paracanoeing World Championships
Men’s K1 LTA Robert Oliver (Lincoln) - semi final
Men’s K1 TA Stuart Clark (Chelmsford) - 4th
Men’s K1 A Jonathan Broome (Newark) – 7th
Women’s K1 LTA Lucy Gardner (Middlesbrough) – 6th
Women’s K1 A Jeanette Chippington (Marlow) - Gold
Women’s K1 TA Jeanette Chippington (Marlow) -
Men’s V1 LTA Patrick Mahoney (Kingston) - Bronze
Men’s V1 TA Nicholas Heald (Cambridge) - Gold
Men’s V1 A Daniel Hopwood (Stoke) - Gold
Women’s V1 A/TA Jeanette Chippington - Gold
Women’s V1 LTA Jeanette Chippington - Gold
Classifications (in simple terms):
- LTA – has use of legs trunk and arms;
- TA – has use of trunk and arms;
- A – has use of arms only. Athletes are also allowed to compete up a classification.