Linlithgow kayak crew set sights on national recognition

Linlithgow kayak kids. Amy Redmond, Emma Brockway, Sean Redmond, Finn Caddell and Oliver Bohle.

Linlithgow kayak kids. Amy Redmond, Emma Brockway, Sean Redmond, Finn Caddell and Oliver Bohle.

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Linlithgow Kayak Racing’s members of the Scottish Development Squad headed south in mid-April to compete in the season’s first GB sprint regatta at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.

It was exhilarating for their families to see Sean Redmond and Lewis Fletcher, in their first season as seniors, racing against Olympic medallists Ed McKeever, John Schofield and Liam Heath.

Lewis secured seventh place in the 200m K1 final won by Liam Heath.

Sean won the second final of the 1000m event (10th overall).

Sean and Lewis then paired up in the team K2 event and finished seventh in the 200m final won by Liam Heath and John Schofield the 2012 Olympic 200m K2 bronze medallists.

Sean then raced with the GB under 23 team securing second place in the K4 1000m final.

Amy Redmond solidified her ranking as one of Scotland’s top up-and-coming sprint kayak talents when she was selected as one of only two under 18 age group Scottish girls to go to Portugal for trials to represent GB in the coming season.

Emma Brockway was 
selected to attend a GB training camp as one of the top under 16 paddlers targeted to compete for GB at the Olympic Hopes regatta in 
Slovakia in September.

Sean, currently a member of the Olympic development programme and aiming to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 
Tokyo in 2020, was also selected to attend Team GB trials for the under 23 team.

Linlithgow Kayak Racing officials are delighted with the recognition achieved by members.

A number of the local club’s other athletes also delivered sterling performances including Oliver 
Bohle, Finn Cadell and Rhonwyn Smith.

A club spokeswoman said: ‘‘Linlithgow Kayak Racing athletes have been working hard all winter and the training looks to have paid off once more.’’

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