The excitement and expectation for this final selection event at Nottingham for the Senior Flatwater Sprint team has been mounting over many months now. Success at this regatta secures selection to compete at the Senior European Event in Milan in the middle of May. Milan is the final European Qualification event for the Bejing Olympics and with just a few places to compete for, it will prove a real challenge for the womens GB team.
In the Womens racing tension has already been mounting with some surprise results at the April Regatta in Nottingham. A number of athletes will be aiming for success and the right to a place in Milan.
In the Womens K1 500m event it looks as though it will be a race between 3 women, Lucy Wainwright who represented GB in Athens, first year senior and Talent ID athlete Rachel Cawthorne and Abi Coulson an established senior athlete in the GB squad. This promises to be a not to be missed race is at 11.10am on Saturday!
In the Womens K2 500m event some 4 very interesting partnerships have been formed and with Rachel Cawthorne and Hayleigh Mason winning in April, the crews of Louisa Sawyers/Abi Coulson, Anna Hemmings/Jessica Walker and Lucy Wainwright/Shuna Braitewaite will all be challenging hard to overturn the early season result.
For a complete programme and timetable of all events scheduled over the weekend please visit www.weykayak.co.uk
The key individual events mentioned above are to take place over the weekend 2/3rd May in Nottingham and are selection for athletes and crews to compete at the European Sprint Event in Milan over the 3rd weekend of May in what is the final European Qualification event for the Bejing Olympics during August.
After 4 years of training, competition and focus for many of the athletes, success is crucial in keeping alive the dream of competing at an Olympics and the opportunity to medal for Great Britain
photos Janos Schmidt