For once, it was a pleasant and warm day on April 2nd for the Freestyle Kayaking National Championship at the Whitewater Stadium in Penrith. The blue skies drew in an enthusiastic and good sized crowd who were in fine voice and settled in the shade of the leafy trees up on the banking around the main feature,’ Jacks’. The crowd were thrilled to witness the impressive skills on display as the competitors dazzled the crowd with their spins, jumps, tricks and moves on the fast moving white water. Here are some of the highlights of a memorable day.
Prior to all the thrills and spills of the white water events, the crowd were treated to the precise and acrobatic moves of our squirt boating competitors down on the calmer waters of the practice lake. Being the first time squirt boating has been included in the Nationals this year, the crowd were entertained by notable performances from Josh Singleton and Lewis Wylie but it was Richard Merjan who nudged them out of the top spot with a solid performance, taking gold in the men’s line up. Next up, was the ladies event that really captured the crowd’s attention with Sue Robb mesmerising all with a series of spins, stalls, cartwheels and loops. She not only deservedly won the gold medal in the ladies contest but outranked the men, attaining the highest score of the event.