Bendigo paddlers shine at wildwater championships

Bendigo paddlers Maddie Batters, Ashlee Illott , Meg Ritchie and Imogen Douglass are pictured at the National Wildwater Championships. on the Goulburn River.​YOUNG Bendigo paddlers have excelled in challenging conditions to secure a swag of medals at the 2017 National Wildwater Championships at Eildon.
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Bendigo Canoe Club’s Tom Misson said not only did paddlers have to cope with rapids, but also thick fog and rain which added to the challenge.

“Wildwater racing is all about racing the clock, trying to meet national standards and age group classes,” he said.

“All paddlers excelled which was pleasing for the club as many had only been paddling for 12 months.”

Reigning Victorian sprint champions Imogen Douglass and Maddie Batters dominated the open women sprints and classic and enhanced their chances of national team selection.

Douglass won all her events in the under-16 girls.

Newcomer James Humphry won his under-16 events and also was fastest junior male in the classic.

He combined with Max McDonald and James O`Donohue Hayes to be the fastest boys teams in both the classic and sprints.

Marathon star Casey Haynes had some runs in the classics to be fastest under-23 male, and combined with Rob Mcintyre and Al Anderson to win the sprints .

Ashlee Ilott, also a newcomer to the sport, pushed club-mate Douglass in the sprints to win the silvers.

Her and Douglass combined with Western Australian paddler Demi O’Brien to be the fastest girls team.

Meg Ritchie had great runs in the Southern Cup sprints in Eildon to score a pair of fourth placings.

Cara Humphry, who is new to kayaking and especially whitewater, used the couple of sessions to stay upright in preparation for the nationals events in which she completed.

Misson said the success of the junior program reflected the combined efforts of the canoe club, Bendigo Academy of Sport and coaches Maddie Batters, Greg Cowling and Casey Haynes.

The canoe club has operated since 1974 and is on the lookout for new members.

“For kids, kayaking is a great sport and what we try to do is provide a whole lot of different opportunities for them,” he said.

“We have anew program next year with Girton (Grammar), which is going to be exciting and we have other programs.

“With the changes to the Olympic program there is more opportunities for girls and more opportunities for canoeists.”

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