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British Paracanoe Sprint team announced for Milan World Championships

on 09-07-2015 16:01

British Canoeing are pleased to announce the Paracanoe athletes selected to represent Great Britain at the 2015 World Championships in Milan (19-23 August).

The selections, approved by the International Panel, follow last weekend’s National & Open Championships Regatta at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, incorporating the Senior, under 23, Junior and Paracanoe World selection trials.

Britain’s Paracanoe team has dominated the World Championships since they began.  Last summer in Moscow the team celebrated its most successful championships after winning six gold and three silver medals.

This year has been a challenge for the squad following the International Paralympic Committee’s confirmation that only kayak events will feature when the sport makes its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016, along with changes to the classification boundaries.

But in Racice this May the team proved its trademark adaptability and resourcefulness, once again becoming the most successful nation at the European Championships.  Its medal haul this time was four golds, a silver and a bronze.

After two days of selection trials in Nottingham last weekend the selected team is headed by the familiar names of Jeanette Chippington (Longridge CC) , Emma Wiggs (Independent), Anne Dickins (Wey KC), Ian Marsden (Trentham CC), Martin Tweedie (Stokes Racers) and Jonny Young (Independent).

“I wanted an individual challenge as well because I did rowing as a double, and I wanted to try something else and know it was me that was getting the results rather than a team.” Nick Beighton 

But in an ever evolving squad there are new names too. Nick Beighton (Shropshire Paddlesports) is a former Paralympics rower who finished fourth in the London Games and was looking for a new challenge

“I wanted an individual challenge as well because I did rowing as a double, and I wanted to try something else and know it was me that was getting the results rather than a team,” said 33 year old Beighton who despite only starting paddling in January won both men’s KL1/2 200m races on Saturday and will compete in the KL2 in Milan.

“It’s been a really positive weekend,” he continued.  “Training has been good and it’s a really professional set up here, with all the support staff, physios, S&C coaches.  They are all excellent; it’s the whole package.”

Making her international canoeing debut in Milan is 25 year old Nikki Patterson (Independent) who has been paddling for just 18 months.

In Saturday’s two KL2.selection races she was second both times to World Champion Emma Wiggs.

“The Worlds will be my international debut.  You don’t get much bigger than that apart from a Paralympics." Emma Wiggs

“As far as selection goes and how I wanted myself to race it went really well,” said Patterson, who has been selected alongside Wiggs to compete in the KL2 event in Milan. “To be a second and a half behind the world champion; it shows we must be doing something right.

“The Worlds will be my international debut.  You don’t get much bigger than that apart from a Paralympics, so having a national debut at the Worlds will be amazing.”

British Canoeing’s Paracanoe Team for the 2015 World Championships, Milan

Men:

KL3 Rob Oliver (Solihull CC)

KL3 Tim Lodge (Wey KC)

KL2 Nick Beighton (Shropshire Paddlesports)

KL1 Ian Marsden (Trentham CC)

VL3 Martin Tweedie (Stokes Racers)

VL3 Jonny Young (Independent)

Women:

KL3 Anne Dickins (Wey KC)

KL3 Sam Scowen (Reading CC)

KL2 Emma Wiggs (Independent)

KL2 Nikki Patterson (Independent)

KL1 Jeanette Chippington (Longridge CC)

KL1 Charlotte Wilkinson-Burnett (Independent)

VL3 Frances Bateman (Independent)

VL2 Lizzie Tench (Independent)

Full details of British Canoeing’s 2015 Representative Teams can be found at: Paracanoe

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