Introducing the 2022 Freestyle Kayaking Team. Ahead of the Freestyle Kayaking World Championships in Nottingham (27th June-2nd July) we are announcing a team of athletes with both great strength and fantastic depth. This team of 22 athletes is one of the biggest Ireland has entered to a freestyle championships, with plenty of previous medallists and finalists in the ranks. David McClure, the current European Champion in K1 M, will be one to watch, competing to add a World title to his current European victory. In the K1 Women the bronze medallist from last years Europeans, Aoife Hanrahan, will be hoping to better her previous medal winning performance and take home some more silverwear.

These championships offer a fantastic opportunity to the whole team with the course in Nottingham being familiar territory for all the paddlers, with a large portion of the team having put in an extended training camp in the lead in. Meet the full team of athletes below –

Senior K1

Men
David McClure
Thomas Dunphy
Rory O’Reilly
Barry Loughnane
Theo Baker

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Women
Aoife Hanarahan
Anais O’Donovan
Aisling MacCarthy
Aisling Griffin
Eidin Dowling

Junior K1

Men
Rory Kearney
Sean Gregan
Cody Fagan

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Women
Leah Hough
Beibhin Butler
Holly Ogilvie

C1

Senior Men
Kevin O’Connor
Fionn McNally
Eoghan Kelly

Women
Rachel Kenny
Anais O’Donovan
Beibhin Butler (Jnr)

Squirt

Senior Men
Dan Clohessy
Eoghan Kelly
Theo Baker

Women
Alex McClure
Eidin Dowling
Leah Hough (Jnr)

 

Supporting the team will be Team manager Paul Purcell, with Jack Ledwith and Maura Casey assistant team managers.

Competition begins for the Freestyle World Championships on Monday 27th June. Make sure to keep updated with the competition on Canoeing Ireland social media.