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Bristol kayaking star shines at British Championships

One of Britain’s rising kayakers has shone at the British Championships, being crowned junior champion and narrowly missing out on entering the top ten in the senior rankings.

Jake Norman, who hails from Bristol, has been kayaking for a number of years now, with his love of the competition likely urged on by Team GB’s success at the London Olympics in 2012.

With many kids and groups of friends discovering the sport through kayak and canoe hire up and down the country since, there is a burgeoning wealth of talent.

Norman is one of those leading the charge, however.

Competing in the British Championships, held at Hurley Weir on the River Thames, the event was part of the much respected SAS Hurley Classic. As one of the most renowned and established international freestyle kayaking events on the world stage, it attracts stars from all over.

While still attending school, Norman managed to take 639 points by performing some stunning manoeuvres on the weir. With points awarded for the complexity of each move, this managed to win him first place in the junior competition.

It also won him 11th spot in the senior competition, against a field of stars containing former junior, European, and world champions.

Having impressed with a series of tough moves and tricks, which included the likes of spins, aerial barrels, and cartwheels on the wave created by the weir, Norman is now looking forward to the World Championships next year.

Already a known name in the paddling fraternity, Norman is expected by many to perform well at the event in Ottawa, Canada, in September 2015.