Medal winners include 16 year old Sandra Hyslop who won a Gold medal in the women’s K1 (kayak single) classic event. Hyslop, who is Hexham based receives TASS funding (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) raced spectacularly all the way to the finish line.
Also is the classic event, 17 year old Olivia Churchill from London won a Bronze medal in a time of 18m 59s.
In the Sprint event, the girls dominated the competition again. Sandra Hyslop won Silver in a time of 228.95 (just one second behind the winner) and Olivia Churchill won Bronze 231.62.
The women’s K1 team also won a Gold medal, a whole 15 seconds faster (19.10.46) than the German team that came in second place (19.25.66). The team consisted of Sandra Hyslop, Olivia Churchill and Hannah Brown (17 years old).
Judith Rasmussen, Regional Director at Sport England North East, said:
“We’re so proud of Sandra and her phenomenal success in this exciting sport. To bring a world Gold medal back into the North East is a credit to the determination and effort of Sandra and the incredible support she receives within the region. She offers an exceptional example for the younger generation and is sure to help increase participation in kayak and sport in general. We congratulate her on what is a great achievement.”
Congratulations to the team for some truly memorable racing!
Selected results are as follows:
K1 Women Classic
1st GBR Sandra Hyslop 18.20.22
2nd FRA Sophie Cart 18.58.64
3rd GBR Olivia Churchill 18.59.37
7th GBR Hannah Brown 19.19.39
K1 Women’s Team Classic
1st GBR Hyslop, Churchill and Brown 19.10.46
2nd GER Ott, Brick, Piaskowski 19.25.66
3rd CZE Zasterova, Hrabalova, Vranova 19.28.55
K1 Women’s Sprint
1st CZE Ivana Hrabalova 227.72
2nd GBR Sandra Hyslop 228.95
3rd GBR Olivia Churchill
Results - for a full list of details and results please visit www.jwwc2007.com/therace.html
What is Wild Water Racing?
Wild Water Racing involves racing canoes and kayaks down rapid rivers, it is an exciting and challenging discipline, combining the speed of flatwater racing with the technical aspects of slalom racing. Competitors choose their own route down the river to pick the fastest line. To be successful requires technical ability in reading the river and an efficient paddling style.
At the elite end of the sport, a high level of athleticism and stamina is necessary.
If you would like to learn more visit: www.wildwater.org.uk