ICF U23 & JNR World Championships
The 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom U23 and Junior World Championships have come to a close following five days of exciting racing in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia.
More than 500 athletes contested the event with the packed crowds providing the future stars of tomorrow with a racing experience that they will always remember.
The Australian paddlers headed into the final day full of confidence after the C1 U23 and junior women combined to win three medals on Saturday.
Unfortunately Australia were unable to add to their medal tally of three on the final day.
Tasmanian Daniel Watkins combined with Western Australian pair Steven Lowther and Brodie Crawford to produce Australia’s best result, fifth in the junior C1M Teams final.
The trio finished 10.65 seconds behind host nation Slovakia who won in a time of 135.00, 1.03 seconds ahead of Germany with France coming in third.
In the junior women’s K1 Teams final Penrith Valley kayaker Noemie Fox combined with Western Australian Georgia Rankin and Hobart’s Kate Eckhardt finishing 11th.
The U23 K1 women’s team of Jessica Fox, Alison Borrows and Margaret Webster and the U23 C1 men’s team of Ethan Hodson, Andrew Eckhardt and Jaxon Merritt both finished 13th in their respective finals.
U23 paddlers Fox, Borrows, Merritt and Hodson will now return to the senior team and continue their preparation for the fourth ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Tacen, Slovenia from 16-18 August.
The remaining paddlers will shortly return to Australia better for the experience, with many of the younger athletes getting their first taste of European competition.
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