Congratulations to our Sixth Former Tim Dowden of the Langley Kayaking Academy, who has been selected for the Under 23 GB Marathon Kayaking Team and will be racing in Germany at the German National Championships over the weekend of the 11th and 12th May. All the more impressive as Tim is still a junior. He dominated the assessment day on Bank Holiday Monday which consisted of three separate events on the River Thames at Reading. The first was a 3.6k mass start of 30 boats with two portages in which he broke away and won, the second was a 12K marathon which was came down to a sprint finish and a shared 1st place, and the day ended with a 5K time trial in which Tim’s time was comparable with the top seniors. The selection is a well deserved reward after an impressive winter of training in the gym followed by dedicated sessions on the water both in Norwich and on training camps abroad. His performance places him officially as the number one junior marathon paddler in the country. Our Year 11 pupil Toby Booth, who is under 16 took the opportunity to gain valuable experience coming in 9th overall. Both Tim Dowden and Toby Booth along with our Year 13 student James How, took part in the International Amsterdam Waterlands Marathon the previous week. It was great experience for the paddlers who were part of high quality international mass starts of 70 boats. Tim placed 5th and Toby 9th in Amsterdam in the Under 18s race and James How came in with a strong group in the seniors. All the paddlers are sprint racing at Nottingham where Toby Booth will be competing for GB Under 16 sprint selection in K2. Amazing achievements from all our paddlers!