Nottingham Kayak Club (NKC) paddlers achieved great success at the recent National Wild Water Racing Selection Race, held at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont.
Wild water racing involves racing as fast as you can down moving water in a river racer boat. Two forms of race take place – the Sprint Race involved paddlers racing as fast as they could down the white-water course, while the Classic Race tests paddlers over a longer distance, with participants racing along the River Trent from TS Orion before then moving on the watersports course and paddling its whole length.
A total of 11 NKC paddlers participated in both the Sprint Race and the Classic Race, with many of them aiming for selection to the GB Wild Water Racing Team.
It was a very successful weekend’s racing. Notable highlights were Abbie Durrant winning the Junior Ladies Classic race and achieving second place in the Sprint Race.
Fellow club member Ricky Millar also raced exceptionally well in the Men’s Classic Eace, achieving second place to current national champion Nicky Cresser. Both Abbie and Ricky achieved selection to the GB team and will travel to America this summer for the Junior and U23 World Championships.
Various other Nottingham Kayak Club paddlers also produced outstanding results. Current British champion Nicky Cresser continued to dominate, winning the Classic Eace by quite a margin and achieving one of the fastest Sprint Race times, alongside Nottingham paddler Ben Oakley who is a previous World bronze medallist in the event.
Nicky guaranteed himself a slot on the GB team for the World Championships and the European Championships being held later this year. Nicky was selected alongside club members Ricky Millar, Grant Anderson and Phil Dean (reserve) for the Senior World Championships, and will be joined by Nigel Jones at the Senior European Championships.