By Zoe Fripp
A University of Hertfordshire student competing as part of the GB U23 Girls Rafting Team has been awarded an overall Bronze Medal in the R6 World Rafting Championships in Japan.
India Wayland, a Sports Therapy student at the university, was captain of the team when they competed in October. Kimberly Woods also participated, a recent graduate of Sports Studies at the University of Hertfordshire. The team was awarded one gold and one bronze, leading to the overall bronze result.
Miss Wayland said: “We were pleased with this result; however, not 100% satisfied knowing we could have done even better, we are going to fight hard to hold our place for selection in 2018 so we can represent GB in Argentina and retain our R4 World Championship titles in the Sprint and Endurance Races.”
She continued by emphasising the significance of the sport and future dreams for the team: “The World Rafting Championships holds such a deeper meaning than just being a sporting event. It is a chance for cultures to come together and learn about each other, it is an amazing sport to watch and we hope one day this will make it to the Olympics alongside Canoe Slalom.”
In previous years, India has competed in Indonesia, Dubai, and Japan. She thanked the university for allowing her to be flexible with her studies so she could continue as part of the team.
Hannah Darling, Performance Sports and Scholarship manager at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “We’re thrilled for India and the GB rafting team and their success in Japan. We support all of our students to ensure they are able to achieve their best, and with the sporting elites like India we tailor their education so they can fit it around their sporting commitments.”
Competitors spanned across different divisions, and Great Britain participated in a variety of them. They were in the Open Men, where they ranked 8th overall, and Open Women ranking 3rd. They also competed in the Masters Men’s division, where they ranked 5th overall. Great Britain also represented in the under 23 Men’s division, and under 19 Men and Women.
The R4 World Rafting Championships will be held in Argentina between the 22nd and 29th October 2018, through the Aluminè River. To find out more about the results visit: http://www.internationalrafting.com/live/; or to find out about the championships in Argentina next year, visit: http://www.britishrafting.com/events/r4-worlds-2018/