The canoe kayak World champs start on Thursday in Szeged, Hungary. I’ve been with the team training in France and now in Szeged getting ready. I’ll be racing the C2 500m with Ben Russell and the C4 1000m with Ben, Ian Mortimer and Paul “the rookie” Bryant. Training in both boats has been going exceptionally well and we have high hopes for our races.
Worlds in Hungary is like having x-country skiing in Norway, or the superbowl in Texas(I know nothing of football but I’m assuming it would be a bigger deal in Texas than most places). Sprint Canoe Kayak is a huge deal here and one rumor I heard was that they’re anticipating this to be the biggest sporting event in Hungary this year. Even if it isn’t the biggest the fans will number well into the tens of thousands and be screaming accordingly.
This is a particularly exciting worlds as it’s the beginning of the “road to London” and everyone is trying to qualify spots for next years games. Check out http://www.szeged2011.com/ for results..etc.