Our sponsorship of Olympic Kayaker Rachel Cawthorn, who we have known personally now for years now via the local swimming club, continues and we always follow her career with interest. Rachel is on a development cycle through to the Rio Olympics but right now in 2014 she is competing in the World Cup Series.
The big goal for Team GB is the Olympics and I think that Sprint Canoeing is looking at it in a similar fashion to the very successful British cycling team now using the championships between Olympics to experiment with combinations and set ups with a view to peaking every four years at the Olympics.
Over the last two weekends Rachel has been taking part in the World Cup series events in the Czech Republic and Hungary. It has been a very promising start to the season with excellent performances at both regattas.
In Racice, Rachel formed a new partnership with the on form Lani Belcher in the K2 (two in a boat) 200m sprint and they came away with a Silver medal. Last weekend in Szeged, Hungary Rachel and Lani went one better in the K2 500m sprint to come away with a gold having teamed up previously with Angela Hannah, Louisa Sawers and Jess Walker to claim a bronze in the K4 500m final.
So three medals, one of each colour over two weekends a great start to the season and proof that the new combinations in the boats seem to be paying off.
Well done to Rachel, we wish her well for the rest of the season. You can learn more about Rachel and follow here via her website.