Alice and Janine do well against Olympians

Selkirk's Janine Dickie takes on the mighty River Tay at Grandully at the Scottish Canoe Slalom Champinships last weekend.
Selkirk's Janine Dickie takes on the mighty River Tay at Grandully at the Scottish Canoe Slalom Champinships last weekend.

SELKIRK and Galashiels were represented in the Scottish Canoe Slalom Championships, held at Grandtully on the River Tay last Saturday.

In a competition which included all of Britain’s canoe slalom squad from the Beijing Olympics, Borders paddlers acquitted themselves exceptionally well.

The best individual result came from Alice Haining, winning the Under-18 Championships trophy, along with the silver medal in the overall ladies’ class, while Janine Dickie excelled in the team event as part of the winning outfit.

It was no surprise that the gold medal in the ladies’ class was won by Fiona Pennie from Dunblane.

She represented the UK in Beijing and only two weeks ago came sixth in the World Championships, so against such strong competition, Alice’s result was a tremendous achievement and will be great encouragement for the remaining competitions this season.

Janine had a good time in her run, but penalties gained on some gates saw her drop to seventh place in the individual event, but she more than made up for this in the team section where she was in the winning trio along with Adam Marshall and Stuart MacDonald, both of the Central Region squad based at Stirling’s centre of excellence.