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Last Sunday the Seaford DW kayak team competed in the National Schools Kayak Championships 2019 on the Wey Navigation at Guildford.

The format for the day was sprints in the morning consisting of a 500m timed sprint followed by a 200m knockout competition and then a 13 mile marathon in the afternoon. 

With limited training, the crews competed well in the 500m sprint finishing middle of the pack with top honours going to Will/Ollie, narrowly beating Barnaby/Archie and the ladies crews with Mark/Kaj providing the most amusement by hitting the leaders in their group before careering back across the river to collide with the other pair and then promptly taking an icy dip!

In the 200m competition, all crews raced well with Will/Ollie putting on a stunning performance to win their heat before being beaten by the eventual winners - a GB pair!

After an hour’s rest all crews took to the water for the marathon which saw all the pairs back to their strongest discipline for a 13-mile, 4 portage race posting some very competitive times. Will/Ollie yet again rose to the occasion posting the fastest Seaford time with Zoë/Fliss hot on their heels having been pushed hard for the first 10 miles by Beth/Coni. As always Mark/Kaj raced hard, posting a fast time particularly considering they took another couple of swims. Barnaby/Archie were ‘thrown’ together as a scratch crew, due to both their previous partners being unavailable, to make up the Seaford team and posted a great time.

 

A beautiful, sunny day on a picturesque river was concluded with these astonishing results:

Ladies team - 1st

School team - 2nd

Zoë/Fliss (ladies individual)- 3rd

 

The trophy was presented to Seaford by World Junior Sprint Champion Daniel Atkins.

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