Year 8 Fowey student takes national kayaking title

Fowey Community College student Brontё celebrated kayaking success in August, taking the 12-and-under K1 National Marathon Four-Mile title in Norwich.

The annual event sees canoe clubs from all over the UK compete in races which are held throughout the year on rivers, lakes, canals and estuaries over a wide range of distances. Organiser, the Marathon Racing Committee, is responsible for selecting and administering teams representing Great Britain at international events.

Brontё says: “Mum and Dad drive me to my events. We travel a long way to compete and meet other club members when we get there. The best part is that after the hard work in the competition, you get to have a nice dinner out at a pub.”

Brontё, 12, began canoeing at age 7 at the Fowey River Canoe Club in Golant after she showed a real interest in taking up the sport. She currently has training four times a week to continually improve her technique with her club coach Brian Greenaway. She completed the race, held this year in Norwich, in a fantastic time of 40:10.

Coach, Brian says: “Brontё has always shown great potential, and with her dedication and hours spent on the River Fowey, her technique is improving all the time.” Her mother, Mrs Holden, adds:  “We owe a great deal to Fowey River Canoe Club and the training team who paddle in all weathers and really spur Brontё on.”

John Perry , Headteacher, comments: “We couldn’t be more delighted for Brontё. To come back to school after the summer break and discover we have a national champion in our student body is great news.”

If anyone is interested in finding our more about kayaking with the club at Golant, please contact Emma Pearce on 07973 265030