The 2013 Tas Slalom Champs on the Upper Mersey River was held in glorious Tassie autumn weather. After a social wild water race early on Saturday, gates were quickly setup for some last minute whitewater gate training. Junior team members, Daniel Watkins and Kate Eckhardt made the most of the training opportunity to help with their preparations for the Junior World Slalom Championships in Penrith Australia, later in April. Other younger juniors prepared for their first Tas Slalom Champs on the Mersey and impressed coaches as they improved with every run down the coarse. Tas Uni Medical Student, Andrew Eckhardt kept a cool head which helped him set a good time with no penalties, winning the Under 23 and posting the best overall score for the day. Daniel Watkins was faster but picked up 4 seconds of penalties which pushed him just behind Eckhardt. National Talent Squad member, Rohan Borojevic took out the Under 18 from fellow NTS member Jake Hodkinson who has steadily improved over the last couple of seasons and is closing the gap on the competition. Kate Eckhardt took out the Women’s Kayak easily and then put down a very respectable C1 run. David Knox from Launceston, plus Kieran Black and Sari Borojevic from Hobart showed just how much they have improved by handling the whitewater with ease and were happy to take on the harder gates.