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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Duddon canoe kids power to victory in Yorkshire

DUDDON Canoe Club’s wildwater youngsters conquered the course to land a host of titles at Slenningford Mill, near Ripon.

The Barrow club sent 11 paddlers to the North Yorkshire waters and they proved too strong for opponents from Rutland and Manchester.

Extremely high water levels meant the competition could not use the whole course, but the revised route proved a favourite for the Cumbrian racers.

Alex D’Amico led the way with the fastest time of the day, completing the course in one minute and 14 seconds to take the under-18s race in fast but difficult conditions.

The top performance, though, came from under-14s racer Harry Austin, who completed the course in a general purpose boat and set a time which beat all the under-16s entrants.

The results mean Duddon have taken a huge step towards retaining the Wavehopper Championship they won last month. They triumphed in six categories, the most which can be taken forward to the final standings.

Duddon are next in action at the Youth Championships on the River Irwell in next month.

DUDDON RESULTS

Under-12s Girls: 1. Victoria Longstaff, 2. Ruth McKenny.

Under-12s Boys: 1. Owen Wilson.

Under-14s Girls: 1. Nadine Merrick, 2. Emily Longstaff.

Under-14s Boys: 1. Brandon Wilson, 2. Harry Austin.

Under-16s Girls: 1. Rhiann Taylor.

Under-16s Boys: 1. Wil Snelson.

Under-18s Girls: 1. Lucy McCluskey.

Under-18s Boys: 1. Alex D’Amico.

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