The Tasmanian Wildwater Championships doubled as the final selection races for the national Senior team to tour Europe.
The event concluded successfully with some good paddling on excellent whitewater on the Mersey River.
Again our thanks go to the Hydro authorities, who worked well with the organising committee to provide an excellent level of water for the racing.
Saturday saw the individual sprint races followed by the sprint teams races in the afternoon. Robert McIntyre took out the individual Men's K1 sprint race in a time of 1:37.5 some 3.7 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Matthew French in a time of 1:41.2 followed by Tom Mountney on 1:41.9.
In the open women’s K1 Kristy Packham took out the honours in a time of 1:57 followed by Maddie Batters in a time of 1:59 and then Kate Eckhart in 2:06.
In the Junior Men's K1 Lochiel Cameron took out the title in a time of 1:45 followed by Seb Spinks in a time of 1:51 and third place honours went to Rohan Borojevic in a time of 1:56.2.
The afternoon saw the teams sprint race with Robert McIntyre, Tom Mountney and Lochiel Cameron team up to win over the team of Matthew French, Matt Dalziel and Seb Spinks.
Sunday morning saw the classic individual race with a solid performance from Matthew French taking out the title in a time of 13.23. While not near his personal best Matthew was happy with the outcome especially when his training had been curtailed due to a recent illness. In second place was Matt Dalziel in a time of 13:36 followed by an excellent performance and PB by Tom Mountney in a time of 13:48 narrowly beating Robert McIntyre by only one second for the third placing.
In the ladies K1 Kristy Packham prevailed again in a time of 15:17 followed by Maddie Batters with a time of 15:41 and Kate Eckhart with a time of 16:57.
The Junior men's K1 saw Lochiel take the gold in a time of 14:30 followed by Seb Spinks in a time of 15:08 and third place was again Rohan Borojevic in a time of 15:45 narrowly defeating Oliver Gales for the third spot by only 2 seconds.
The afternoon teams race again saw the team of McIntyre, Mountney and Cameron prevail over French, Dalziel and Spinks.
In conclusion there was some excellent tight racing over the weekend and thanks go out to the organising committee of Bruce Cameron and his band of helpers for putting on a great weekend of racing that was greatly appreciated by the number of mainland paddlers that made the journey across the Bass Straight to Tasmania.
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