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Friday, 29 May 2015

Tom celebrates Krazy success

A YOUNG up-and-coming slalomist from Wylam again showed his potential as he won a Tynedale canoeing event.

Tom Newman (14) recorded the fastest time of competitors in the Krazy Kayak event run by Tyne Valley Canoe Club at Prudhoe’s Waterworld.

Although up against experienced adults, the talented teenager blasted the course in a blistering time of 100 seconds to finish first.

Tom is showing great potential on the water and has recently been accepted into the Canoe England Northern Region Slalom Talent pool where he attends regular coaching through a national program.

The Krazy Kayak series, inspired by the Paddles Up TV programme from the late 1980s, has been running for more than 20 years in Prudhoe.

The course challenges canoeing skills for boat handling speed stamina at all levels and abilities.

The timed obstacle course requires the paddlers to negotiate a series of gates, chicanes, limbos, pass the paddle through a hoop, and even find a whistle hidden in the waterfall with the timed run ending after throwing a ball into a basket. A new challenge involved hitting plastic ducks hanging next to the water cannon which offered some degree of difficulty as they were spun and blasted around by the spray of water.

Organiser Rachel Hudspith thanked the Waterworld staff at Active Northumberland for their support, and North East Kayaks and Paddles for the generous donation of gift tokens as prizes.

For further information about Tyne Valley Canoe Club, visit www.tynevalleycc.co.uk or www.gocanoeing.org.uk