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University Helps Young Kayaker Achieve Success

A talented young kayaker from Malvern has won a major competition thanks to help from the University of Worcester’s Motion Performance Centre.

Seventeen-year-old Emily Lewis blasted her way to success at the second National Regatta held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham at the weekend, winning the K1 sprint finals over 200m, 500m and 1,000m and the K2 final over 200m. She also came second in the K2 final over 1,000m.  Her latest wins follow success last month in the first round of the Regatta.

The University’s Motion & Performance Centre (MPC) supported the Worcester Canoe Club teenager over a number of months, providing a wide range of services covering exercise and health related disciplines including biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, injury rehabilitation and sport psychology.

Emily worked particularly closely with Sport Psychology Consultant Dr Andrea Faull.

Emily, a pupil at St Mary’s in Worcester, said: “It really helped me to focus completely on my own performance and not worry about the other athletes around me. It gave me more confidence and determination to succeed.”

Emily, who is also on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), had approached the first major regatta of the season with some trepidation following a lengthy injury to her shoulder which severely interrupted her training programme. She was therefore elated with her performance which was followed by selection for the International Regatta to be held in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, next week. Her goal for this season is to aim for selection for the Junior European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia and then the World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany with her long term goal being to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dr Faull said: “We were delighted to support Emily in her bid to compete at the Junior European and World Championships.  The facilities available at the University of Worcester are some of the best in the UK and to be able to assist a top local athlete was a perfect opportunity for the department to showcase the facilities and expertise that is available to students as well as the general public.”