Tasmanian Wildwater and Slalom Championships Results
Hot sun, cool water, old friends and fast paddling were all part of the mix at the Tasmanian Wildwater and Slalom Championships held at the Upper Mersey River this weekend. The mix of state-of-the-art and retro racing gear, as well as young paddlers and aging former champions who squeezed into their ÒshrunkenÓ spraydecks, showed that the Tasmanian Championships remains an event that holds appeal for every paddler. Where else would you want to be on a hot Tasmanian summer day than on a river in the rainforest?
Dan Hall dominated the mens racing, winning the Wildwater Classic, Rapid Sprint and Slalom titles, for Mens K1, in scorching times. His time of 13:07 in the wildwater classic race is one of the fastest times set on the course, despite a strong headwind.
Ben Maynard also performed well, finishing second in both the Wildwater Classic and Rapid Sprint events, and third in the Slalom.
Justin Boocock achieved a clear win in the C1 Slalom event, finishing 5 seconds faster than his K1 slalom run. Jen Brown teamed with Justin to win all of the C2 events in both wildwater and slalom.
Carol Hurst won all of the women’s Wildwater events, but was content with second place in the Slalom behind junior paddler Kate Mollison.
A highlight of the event was seeing many junior paddlers competing in their first Tasmanian Championships on the Upper Mersey. Excellent performances were put in by Ruby Hodgetts, John Shipp, Grace Phibbs Scott Johnson and Jake Pearce.
For full results, click on the link below.