By Lindie Naughton

Liam Jegou proved the class of the field at the Irish Open Slalom Canoeing Championships held at the Sluice weir slalom course on the river Liffey in Lucan on Sunday (March 24).

Competitors had two runs over the course with the fastest time counting and time penalties for touching one of the 22 gates or missing one altogether.

Jegou, who is Ireland’s best hope of a qualifying place at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, was a clear winner of the C1 class with a clean first run in 81.76 seconds. Finishing second with a clean second run was Robert Hendrick in 82.97 seconds, while third was Eoin Moorhouse in 96.43 seconds, which included two penalty seconds for a touch.

Target race for Jegou this season is the World Championships to be held in La Seu d’Urgell in Spain next September. The top eleven nations at this competition will win a place at next year’s Olympics. “I finished 24th at last year’s World Championships and would need to finish in the top 20 to be sure of a place,” he says.

Training is going well at his base in Pau, France, where he has the company of a few other Irish paddlers as well as many French squad members. “Thanks to sponsorship from Mike Corcoran, who competed in C2 at the 1992 Olympics for Ireland, I’ve been working with a new coach Nichola Peschier since last November. He’ll be coming with me to five events.”

Jegou, who finished second at the 2014 World Junior Championships, just missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics, when aged just 20. He then lost a year to a hip injury before returning to competition for the European Championships last year.

The Irish selection races for the World Championships will take place at La Seu in April. “We’ll be spending two weeks there. As well as that, I’ll  compete in two of the five World Cup races and also in the European U23 Championships in Krakow in July.”

Winning the K1 men’s category with a best time of 79.87 seconds, including a single two second penalty, was Samuel Curtis. Oisin Farrell was second with a time of 83.91 and Sean Ansell third in 84.70.

Best of the K1 women was Aisling Conlan with 103.20, including four penalty points for two touches. Ciara Farrell was second in 111.58 secs, despite hitting four gates, and Maeve Martin third with 127.94  secs, including one two second penalty. Martin also competed in the C1 class, the only woman to do so, and clocked a time of 204.15 seconds.

Winning a closely fought junior K1 class was Adam Vaugh who had a clean second run in 93.82 seconds. Just over a second adrift for second was Ethan Dowling in 94.84 seconds, while third was Tom Morley in 96.18 seconds.

Results for the Irish Open can be found here.

Pic(1) – prizewinners.

Pic(2) – Liam Jegou

Flow State Issue 3

We have lift off!!

We hope you enjoy the third and final edition of Flow State for 2018. Share it far and wide! Thanks again for all the contributions from across the sport.
Have a great weekend and a very merry Christmas from everyone in Canoeing Ireland. Read more

Junior Liffey Descent Results now up

Thank you to Matthew McCauley and Harry Leddy who helped to clean up the grounds of the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre after the Junior Liffey Descent. They worked really hard and we in the office were very grateful for their help.

Check out the results for the 2018 Junior Liffey Descent results. To access the results, go to Junior Liffey Descent Results for more details. They are loaded in PDF and text for ease of use.

Thanks all for an excellent event.

Reminder – Canoe Slalom AGM this Saturday January 27th

The AGM of Irish Canoe Slalom will take place at

6pm on Saturday the 27th of January

at the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre in the Strawberry Beds, Dublin.

  All AGM related documents can be found on our Documents page

C1 Canoeing Workshop – 24th February 2018

Canoeing Ireland and the Irish Slalom Committee are delighted to invite paddlers to a C1 canoeing workshop coached by a number of athletes who’ve represented Ireland internationally.

C1 is a category of canoeing where paddlers kneel in a boat with a single bladed paddle and these boats can be found across all the disciplines. Ireland traditionally has a great history of this discipline abroad in in competition.

Wild Water Racing and Canoe Slalom C1 will be the focus of the day. The event will take place in Wild Water Canoe Club on Saturday the 24th of February starting at 10am and finishing around 4pm. The workshop is open to all ages and abilities! Boats and Paddles will be provided and there is no charge for the day. Anyone interested please contact Robert Hendrick – for more information.

Updated selection policy for Slalom 2018

Dear athletes and friends of Irish canoe slalom,

Following the consultation process, I enclose the updated version of the canoe slalom selection policy for 2018.

The committee wishes all our athletes the very best of luck in the coming selection races.

Irish Canoe Slalom Selection Policy 2018, issued on 13th of January 2018

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