Paddlers earn more plaudits

THE international honours continued to flow in for the Thomastown Paddlers as Michael Brennan took home the silver medal from the biggest race on the British wild water calendar.

THE international honours continued to flow in for the Thomastown Paddlers as Michael Brennan took home the silver medal from the biggest race on the British wild water calendar.

Brennan travelled to Bala, Wales for the wild water race, which was held on the River Tryweryn in Snowdonia national park.

The standard of racing was high - Olympic medallist Jonny Schofield was among those competing - but Brennan proved equal to the task. In a great display, the Kilkennyman finished just two seconds off Schofield and several seconds ahead of the rest of the competitors to take the silver medal.

The result came at a great time for Brennan, who is continuing his preparations for the World Championships in June.

A large group of the club’s under-18 paddlers travelled to Celbridge for the second junior series race of the year at the weekend. The race was held on a straight, flat course on the Grand Canal, meaning speed and tactics were vital in determining the winner.

The result of the day came from Brendan Fitzpatrick in the under-15 general purpose class. Fitzpatrick had a great race, winning his class by a huge margin and finishing within seconds of the under-18 winner. Kevin Roche competed in the under-18 class, narrowly missing out on a medal with a fourth place finish.

There was a large Thomastown contingent in the under-18 division of the K1 racing boat class. Alex Broderick showed fine form to finish in the lead group, just missing out on a medal in the final sprint as he finished fourth. Eamon Forristal competed strongly to come in seventh, while Alan Cullen and James Staunton had good performances also.

Senan Forristal competed in the shorter novice race. He gave a solid performance, finishing near the lead group to come home sixth overall in what was a very competitive class.

The club has now resumed Tuesday night sessions for all members. Beginners courses will continue through June and July, with information available from thomastownpaddlers.com.