Canoe Slalom athlete Ewan Vernon has since progressed up the rankings from division 1 up to the premiership for men’s canoe slalom since last reporting. He is now ranked 4th in the UK for all juniors 18 and under and 17th in men’s canoe slalom. His performance at the GB selection races in April earned him a spot as first reserve to represent GB in the Junior 2016 European and World Championships.

As part of the England National Talent Squad he is currently training in Bratislava and all set for his first International race. His goals are firmly set on making it into the GB team at selection next year, training 6 days a week both at the National White Water Centre in Nottingham and the Olympic Course at Lee valley, London.

“Many thanks to the JSP for their continued support” says Ewan, “the funding goes towards specialist kit which enables me to compete at the highest level.”

The aim of Canoe Slalom is to negotiate your way around a series of gates which are hung over a stretch of white water rapids in the fastest time possible. Touching a gate will give you a 2 second penalty and failing to pass through one gives a 50 second penalty.