Tasmanian All-Schools Whitewater Canoe/Kayak Championships
Devonport High School won its 9th consecutive Tasmanian All Schools Whitewater Canoeing Championship at the weekend. The event, hosted by the Tasmanian Canoe Club, was held at its site on the Forth River. Devonport achieved 135 points to be a clear winner from Don College, with 78 and Friends on 48.
Ten schools were represented with paddlers ages varying from 10 Ð 18 years.
The outstanding male and female paddlers went to Don College students, and Australian representatives Matt Shaw and Alayne Bonney.
Saturday saw the students compete in Wildwater Kayak 4 Play Classic and Sprint races with fast times coming from Matt Shaw (Don College) and Alayne Bonney (Don College) in the Grade 11 section and Devonport High students Ruby Hodgetts (Grade 9), Andrew Shaw (Grade 9) and Jake Pearce (Grade 8) in their divisions.
On Sunday the Liquid Life Slalom tested the paddlers with a challenging course designed by Barcelona Olympian Peter Eckhardt. Fastest time for the day was recorded by Kate Mollison of The Friends School, who only recently was AustraliaÕs top placed paddler at the World Junior Slalom Championships held in Europe.
Brittany Cameron (Devonport High), Alex Lewis (New Town High) and John Shipp (Don College) also impressed with their skilful performances in the KI Slalom.
With coaching from experienced paddlers and organised river tours, the camaraderie between schools and paddlers contributed to an excellent weekend for participants of all skill levels, allowing them to refine their techniques and re-assess their kayaking goals.