Another glorious July regatta day saw paddlers from across the country compete at day two of the Inter-Club MacGregor Challenge Open & National Regatta at the National Water Sports Centre.
After a very competitive first day of racing amongst the Paracanoe squad, with athletes looking to book their place at the Paracanoe World Championships, Sunday saw two rounds of Va’a racing with a wealth of international medallists on the start line.
The first race of the day was the Para men Va’a VL1-3 200m with both David Phillipson and Jack Eyers competing after collecting international medals at the European Championships earlier this year.
David Phillipson took round one of racing by posting a time of 50.69, showing the form that secured him the VL2 European Championship title just one month ago. He was closely followed by European bronze medallist Jack Eyers, who finished just under a second behind Phillipson. Stuart Wood and Martin Tweedie pushed the two race leaders all the way with times of 52.25 and 52.94 respectively.
Round two went largely the same way, with Nottingham born Phillipson again getting under that 51-second mark to take the race win. Jack Eyers produced a storming second half of the race to reclaim the second place spot with a time of 52.53.
Speaking after the days’ racing, Phillipson said: “I am really happy with how my racing has gone today. I wanted to deliver some strong performances to get qualified for the World Championships later in the year.
“I felt strong this morning, but obviously there is some nerves there, as you don’t know how everybody is going to perform. However, I came out on top and I am pleased because of that.”
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