Slalom WA's Groundbreaking TV Event A Smash Hit


WA K1 TV Challenge
WA Slalom Technical Committee, Wednesday, 13 November 2013

WA's first canoe slalom race with full video coverage was held at Hester Park, Langford on Sunday November 10.

Twenty five staff and students from the Central Institute of Technology Broadcasting course set up a mobile outside broadcasting unit and recorded a full coverage of the K1 TV Challenge.

The new event was formatted especially for TV with 2 qualifying runs and a final on the same day. Generous prize sponsorship from Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under gave the competitors extra incentive to do well.

First prize winner in the Men’s Open K1 class went Canoeing Down Under employee Ben Pope, with silver going to Kieran Simpson and bronze Tim Coward.  The women’s open winner was 2011-13 Australian junior team member Georgia Rankin, with silver to Isabella Choate and bronze to Demelza Wall. The only age divisions for the day were in the Junior U14 class, with the men’s junior gold going to Louis Richardson, silver to Tarquin Wall, and bronze to Cameron Vogel. The women’s junior gold winner was Alexandria Choate with Sophie Burdett picking up the silver medal.

The different format added pressure to the paddlers in the final with women’s silver medal winner Isabella Choate saying, “It was scary, with all the people watching you and the camera crew there too.”

Coach Robin Sanders, who stepped into the commentary box with Avon Descent veteran Neil Long, said; “It is great to have an event like this, it gives the paddlers great practice in finals racing before they head to Penrith in January”.

Central Tech broadcast television course coordinator Peter Wharram said he was delighted with the coverage his students put together.

“I thought they did a wonderful job, I’m very happy with how the coverage looked. This is their last outside broadcast before graduating and they’re a terrific group.”

The Central students are hard at work this week editing the race into a long form program and short highlights packages for internet distribution.