Experienced canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts from across county Laois are bound for Kilkenny and the south east as the countdown has begun to the country’s first ever Canoeing Ireland Club Championships.
Laois Kayak and Canoe Club members among over 400 competitors to do battle across eight competitions. The two day, white-knuckle, adrenaline-pumping contest which will draw Ireland’s top watersports enthusiasts to the city, to nearby Graiguenamanagh and to Tramore in Waterford on April 12 and 13.
A series of training weekends began on Saturday last and as many as 80 competitors will be in the region every weekend up to the Club Championships, preparing for the all island event. The Canoeing Ireland Club Championships 2014 will be a major revenue spinner for both Kilkenny and Waterford and an amazing showcase event with hundreds more supporters, family members and friends are also expected to flock to the region for the inter-clubs competition. The ultimate Club will be crowned based on its athlete’s cumulated performances across all of the eight disciplines which include a canoe slalom and wildwater racing in Clashganny; sprint kayaking and freestyle kayaking in Kilkenny City as well as kayak surfing in Tramore.
The venue for the ultimate challenge, the White Water Kayak Race, will be confirmed closer to the event as weather will play a major role in finding the most testing waters for the spectacular event.
This will be an epic weekend not to be missed, according to Canoeing Ireland Development Officer, Benny Cullen. “This will also be a great spectator weekend and the best views of the events in Kilkenny city will be from the east bank of the Nore in Kilkenny, along Johns Quay between Green Street Bridge and Kilkenny Castle. Onlookers and supporters in Graignamanagh will have a bird’s eye view from the canal tow path at Clashganny Lock.”