Wey Kayak Club member Liam Heath has secured his place in Team GB for Tokyo Olympics next year. Liam won the K1 200m at the World Championships in Szeged Hungary at the weekend, the top 5 boats in the final securing their respective Countries a boat for the Olympics next year. The GB Selection Policy ensures that if an athlete or crew boat secures a win at the World Championships, they will automatically be selected for the Games, so Liam’s position is secured and he can focus his training around that all important defence of his Olympic Gold Medal he secured in Rio 2016.
Liam was the only GB kayak paddler to secure selection for Tokyo, other Olympic hopefuls will need to compete at next year’s qualifying events to earn a place in the Olympic team. The racing in Szeged was eagerly watched by lots of Wey Kayak Club members, many of whom want to emulate Liam’s success on the water, Club member Tim Lodge has a firm eye on the racing as he recovers from surgery to get out there and challenge for a spot in the Paracanoe team. New club member Rachel Morris was keen to watch the racing in the Paracanoe events as she hopes to compete on the international stage in Paracanoe.
Jordan Martyn and Alex Bicknell, the club’s up-and-coming junior k2 crew, benefited from Liam’s inspirational race as they prepare for the October World Marathon Championships in China. Jordan said “although we have a much longer race ahead of us than Liam’s 200m, he showed us the benefit of focusing all your energy into the race. We hope that our training will allow us to generate that amount of success.”