Canoeists miss out

Ireland failed to qualify an Olympic slot from the Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava yesterday. Ciarán Heurteau finished 28th in the men’s K1 semi-final, well outside a qualification place for the boat for London 2012.  Heurteau time of 104.99 left him too far down the field to put the Irish among top 15 nations who qualify for

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Introduction to Canoeing

Canoe and kayak flatwater racing is very similar to rowing, in that competitors race across expanses of calm water, rather than slalom down white water rapids. But, it requires a very specialised technique that calls on strength, speed, stamina and co-ordination in equal measure. There are subtle differences in the construction of close-topped canoes and open-topped kayaks, as well as the technique used to propel them along the water, leading the two different categories. For contact details of Irish Canoe Union please click on Full story

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