Hatfield-based students win gold at White Water Rafting World Championships
PUBLISHED: 16:01 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:01 16 November 2016
Two University of Hertfordshire students, who are part of the GB under 23 women's white water rafting team, have won gold in the 2016 White Water Rafting World Championships.
India Wayland, a second year sports therapy student and member of the university’s athletic union, took part alongside Vanessa Humphrey, a third year sports science student who is also a member of the athletic union and the canoe and kayak club.
The event was held at Wadi Adventure, the world’s longest man-made water channel, in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, from Monday, October 31 to Saturday, November 5. The GB team competed against 85 teams from 28 different countries, including Russia, Indonesia, Brazil, the Czech Republic and Japan.
As part of the GB under 23 women’s squad, India and Vanessa took home the gold in Sprint, which is paddling down the white water course, gold in Endurance, bronze in a head-to-head race and bronze in Slalom.
Overall, team GB took home 20 medals, eight of which were from the under 23 squad. GB was also awarded silver for Overall Placing, making them the second best in the world.
India said: “We were fortunate enough to paddle down some of the best white water courses in the world, one raft, four paddles and four heads working towards a common goal, everyone needs to be moving as one with the same thought process.
“I am so proud of the team. Teamwork is key and when everything comes together the feeling of success is like no other.”
The team is opening to continue its success at the World Championships in Japan in October 2017.