During the last week of August CANI Slalom Squad members Patrick Creber, Kiera Davidson and Kirsten Eatock made their way north to Grandtully in preparation for the double Division 1. With the two separate ranking races on the 29th and 30th August the competition was full with competitors from all across the UK pushing hard to gain points in search of promotion to Premier Division.
The athlete’s arrived to find water levels were high, during the week this providing tough conditions for training and set the tone for a tough weekend of competition.
On Saturday in the K1 Women’s category Kiera narrowly missed out on a top 10 finish placing in 12th with a time of 130.01+2, Kirsten had a very promising result finishing in 21st place with a time of 139.19+0. Unfortunately in the K1 Men’s category Patrick struggled to get to terms with the water and finished in a disappointing 83rd place.
With a new course set for the race on Sunday, Kiera hoped to improve on her performance on the Saturday and had a very quick raw time but unfortunately penalties kept her from achieving this goal but she still finished in 15th place with a time of 119.30+4 a very promising result. Kirsten had a shaky start in her first run but she managed to put down a solid second run and she finished in 26th place with a time of 127.22+4. In the K1 Men Patrick improved upon his Saturday performance and finished in 75th place, this was a solid performance for Patrick returning to competition after an absence to study for his A levels.
With a tough race course, stiff competition and high water these were some very promising results for these CANI athlete’s and we look forward to hearing about more success from them in the future.