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World Champion McGrath helps bring home inaugural Paracanoe 'Ashes' Trophy

21 May 2018

Curtis McGrath OAM presented with inaugural 'Ashes' trophy by Scott Simon - British Canoeing's Paracanoe Head Coach. Copyright and credits: British Canoe

Curtis McGrath OAM presented with inaugural 'Ashes' trophy by Scott Simon - British Canoeing's Paracanoe Head Coach. Copyright and credits: British Canoe

After a great day of racing at the “Paracanoe Ashes”, Australia has taken home the inaugural trophy against a strong British team.

The May Regatta held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham was the culmination of a week-long training camp in preparation for the ICF Paracanoe World Cup stating at the end of this week. 

Current World Champion, 2016 Paralympic Gold Medallist and 2017 QAS Peter Lacey Award recipient Curtis McGrath OAM claimed two race victories against tough British competitor Nick

Beighton with quick times in the men’s KL2 200m. Both men are former servicemen who now compete in paracanoe after losing their legs in combat.

Speaking after his second race Curtis Mc Grath said: “It’s always great having somebody pushing you along and nice to have some competition, Nick is one of the world’s best.

“It’s the first time that Australia Paracanoe has been able to come over, so it’s nice to have that international competition to see where everyone else is at and be part of the regatta.”

In the men’s VL3 200m McGrath also completed a clean sweep of four victories, comfortably taking both races.

In the women’s va’a events, which have recently been added to the Tokyo 2020 paracanoe program, QAS athlete Susan Seipel finished second to Britain’s Paralympic and World Champion Emma Wiggs and fourth in the women’s KL2 200m in a high calibre field.

The wins for McGrath, alongside victories for Dylan Littlehales (NSWIS) and Amanda Reynolds (VIS) ensured Australia claimed the inaugural Paracanoe ‘Ashes’ trophy, presented by Scott Simon – British Canoeing’s Paracanoe Head Coach.

The Australian Paracanoe team will now travel to Szeged, Hungary for the ICF Sprint World Cup 1, starting this Friday 18th May, where they will be joined by the Olympic class Australian sprint team.

Last updated
21 May 2018