Prize Giving 2019
2019 was another tremendous season for LKR paddlers, with representatives at every sprint and most marathon competition in Scotland. Our Lightning paddlers competed at 4 GB Regattas in Nottingham, and did very well – LKR coming 7th and beating some the big clubs down south. Our Juniors, Seniors & Masters competed at 5 GB Regattas in Nottingham and came 14th overall out of 45 clubs & again top Scottish Club. Lewis Fletcher, Jack Brockway, Skye Cadell, Alexandra Armstrong & Kristina Armstrong were all selected to represent GB at both World, European level. We had a number of British Sprint Champions, including Alexandra Armstrong, Kristina Armstrong, Hannah Toovey and Gilbert Speirs.
Marathons were attended by a fair number of club paddlers, although we could always do with more paddles competing, especially junior and lightning paddlers. We had a small representation at the National Marathon Championships, held in Norwich, securing 2 British Marathon Champions Hannah Toovey and Gilbert Speirs.
Sea racing, is a relatively new branch of the sport, or a revival of an old one, with races being held on the open sea either around a defined course of a straight(ish) down wind A to B race. Several senior club members regularly take part. Of particular note is that Lizelle Kemp was selected to paddle in the senior ladies event for GB in the World Championships, held in France, finishing 22 in a very large and competitive field.
Two special trophies are awarded each year by the club coaches:
- LKR Lightning Trophy for 2019
- We present his trophy annually to the Lightning paddler who has, during the season, made the most progress. This paddler has been paddling with is for 2 seasons and has competed in sprints regattas representing LKR through the latter part season. He gained promotion to Lightning A at his first Nottingham regatta.
- The LKR Lightning Trophy for 2019 goes to … Tom Patterson
- Most Improved Paddler for 2019
- This is presented to the paddler who, in the opinion of the coaches, has made the most progress over the last 12 months. This trophy also had several contenders with the widest range of nominations & the judging was very close on this one.
- However, this paddler received multiple awards at the & medals at the British Sprint Championships and has always been keen to represent LKR at both Sprinting & Marathon events.
- The LKR paddler who has made the most improvement over the year is …. Joshua Fisher.
Lewis Fletcher – GB Senior K1 200m Champion
As a current GB Sprint podium potential athlete, LKR are very proud and supportive of everything that Lewis has achieved in his kayaking career to date. 2018 saw Lewis compete in the World Championships in Montemor O Velho and finish 13th in the men’s K4 500m. In 2017 Lewis also had some good solid results including a 5th place in the K4 500m event at World Cup 1 in Motemor-O-Veho, Portugal. He also finished 11th in the K1 200m at the same event.
The Racing Hopes Award
New Award for 2020: This is for the paddler who achieves the fastest recorded Linlithgow Time Trial Time by Sunday 8th March 2020 in one of the following models of racing K1;
- Marsport Hobby
- Vajda Voyageur
- Vajda Civit Cat
- Kirton Tempest or
- Nelo Viper 51
Congratulations to Tina Misselbrook and Sandra Pirie Winner of the Linlithgow Kayak Racing “Racing Hopes Award 2020”, Tina won the award by only 36 seconds from the second placed Sandra Pirie – Sandra’s was the fastest LKR time in a stable boat in a Winter Time Trial 2019/20! Very well done to both Tina and Sandra!