Penrith Open Canoe Slalom Series 2021

Dan Watkins and Kate Eckhardt recently competed in the first races of the Penrith Open Series – a three race series. This series enables athletes to get some racing under their belt and  replace what would have normally been their domestic racing and selection series which has been pushed back to April following domestic border restrictions.

Each race is comprised of two races on both Saturday and Sunday. On the Saturday Dan won the K1 men’s race and was third in the C1 and on Sunday he won the C1. Dan also posted the fastest K1 time on the Sunday but a two second penalty pushed him back to third. After the weekend of racing Dan said, “Was soooo good to get back on a start line last weekend. First race in an entire year. Was pretty rusty at the beginning but built through the weekend with a heap of speed and took a win in both C1 and K1. ”

Kate finished second in the K1 and third in the C1 on Saturday. On Sunday she backed it with another second place in the K1 and third in the C1.

The next races in the Series will take place on 6 and 7 March and the 13 and 14 March.