The Club was well represented with Jim, Garven, Bernard, Mairead and Conor at the Sluice/Stackallen Rodeo.
In the “Mens Sport Class” (club Freestyle coach) Conor finished with First place proving the Adage that “Class is Permanant” when you consider he has been away from paddling for over 6 years and only recently returned. He is going to be a great asset to the Club, he recived great prizes presented by AD at the Prizegiving in the Arc Bar last night.
In the “Master Class” the Club was represented by Mairead, myself, Jim and Garven, each and everyone putting in a great shift, with in particular Garven showing he has great potential and I predict the Club will have at least 1 member representing us in an International Competition in the Future.
The result was a closely guarded secret and when Adrian called a well deserved Mairead in Third place it was expected that it was down to the wire for 1st & 2nd between myself and Garven, however when Adrian called out in second Place ” Richard Reid of Wicklow” poor Adrian could hardly hear himself over the DIN of the crowd when it was realiased that either myself or Garven possibly had not placed, however when Adrian could finally be heard and announced that myself and Garvens scoring couldn’t be seperated and announced that we had in fact finished in “JOINT 1st”.
It was at this point we took the opportunity to present Adrian with a belated Birthday Cake.
So well done to One and All, and I can only hope that more of you participate in Freestyle for when you see the instinctive reactions of paddlers in such a feature this can only help when Running rivers .
Be sure to have a read of Adrians Blog of the Event : http://www.paddle4play.blogspot.com/