Sean Mc on Skynet

Newbridge Canoe Slalom 2009

This was the first race on the new 6-race calender and went off very successfully. There were upwards of 20 racers, which isn't bad considering slalom is almost dead in this country. Paddlers came from Cork, Galway, Monaghan and even a few Czech paddlers who've been living in Ireland, plus plenty of locals.

For me it was my first slalom race in about 3 years, and it showed. I wasn't too good in the first place but I was still worse than I used to be, the complete lack of practice showed. I think it really showed in my ability to turn the boat, that comes as no surprise given that for the last 3-4 years I've been concentrating on wildwater racing instead. I'm looking forward to the next race all the same though.

All the results are at and there's some pictures on this site's gallery, click the link above or

posted by SeanMc @ 3:52 PM,


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