Following her victory, Hemmings, who now holds an incredible eight national titles in senior women’s K1 and K2 championships, has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Marathon World Canoe Championships which take place in Hungary this September.
photo Mark Lloyd
Hemmings, 30, who is sponsored by leading British print and electronic media company Pindar, competes at world level in both the sprint and marathon canoe disciplines. Whilst currently battling for the right to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games next year in the Olympic sprint class, Anna is also continuing to pursue her love of long distance racing. As if one 18 mile race at the National Championships this weekend in the K1 (singles) competition was not enough, Hemmings also raced alongside fellow Elmbridge Canoe Club member Louisa Sawyer, 19, in the K2 (doubles) competition, taking Gold in each.
photo Mark Watson
The pair both now go on to train for the Marathon World Canoe Championships in Gyor, Hungary, 8-9th September, where Anna will defend her K1 World title and the girls will fight for the K2 World title, for the first time as a duo.
Anna Hemmings, 30, from Walton-upon-Thames, commented: “The National Championships this weekend were an important part of my training schedule for the summer, in particular testing myself, both physically and mentally, by paddling two 18 mile courses back to back. It’s tough to put yourself through that, but I am looking forward to the World Championships next month. In terms of preparation, I am exactly where I want to be. Hungary, as a nation, is very excited about the sport of canoeing, so it promises to be a fantastic event.”
Andrew Pindar, Chairman of the Pindar Group commented: “Many congratulations to Anna from all at Pindar for this incredible achievement. A CV which contains eight national and five world titles has to be the envy of the canoeing world. We wish Anna the best of luck in her preparation for the World Championships, and look forward to seeing her perform once more on the world stage in Hungary.”
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