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Olympic Selection

Over the last two weekends, the Great Britain Olympic selection took place for canoe slalom. With two races in Holland the first weekend, followed by the final race in Nottingham the next weekend, it was the best two results from three to count towards a points system to determine the Olympic boat. A very comfortable winning margin of over 8 seconds in race 1 gave me an excellent start to Olympic selection, but my closest competitor Stuart McIntosh put in a good second day’s racing to take a win by almost 2 seconds with me having picked up a 2 second penalty on the second last gate. This put us with a win each going into the final race in Nottingham. After first runs I had a lead of just over 2 seconds, but it was close enough to still be either of ours for the taking. I then managed to improve on my first run, but McIntosh had a much poorer run leaving me to win, finishing over 14 seconds ahead. I have great respect to Stuart McIntosh who pushed me right until the last run of selection – he certainly didn’t make it easy for me! I’m so delighted to now be selected for my first Olympic games and am really looking forward to Beijing this August.