Intervarsities 2017 Recap

A hugely successful Intervarsities tournament for UCC Canoe Club ended in Belfast on Sunday afternoon. After 3 hard days of competing we are pleased to have taken home several individual awards.

On Friday the competition kicked off with the slalom competition. UCC performed very well and had two paddlers, Kevin and Seán Cahill, finish in 11th and 13th position respectively. All of our competitiors successfully navigated a tricky course we only 2 gates missed between them! In the afternoon we headed to freestyle in the same location where UCC performed outstandingly. All UCC paddlers performed out of their skin and our own Fia Coghlan finished in second place overall in womens freestyle and picked up the inagrual Evan McArdle award for most entertaining freestyle performance of the event. Evan was a member of the club and a well known member of the Irish paddling community who passed away this time last year and the award was put in place in his honour.

On Saturday we headed to the River Roe to compete in the whitewater race. Levels were slightly low but that didn’t stop UCC’s competitiors putting in a stellar showing with all 4 members having clean runs on the course. On Saturday afternoon we made our way to knockbracken reservoir to play Polo. We won our first game convincingly, however lost our second game 1-0 and were beaten by a stronger NUIG team in the last group game.

On Sunday morning we headed for long distance and competed very well. We finished with 3 UCC Girls in the top 10 in womens GP. Ciara Kirk coming in 5th place with Ciara McGarrigle and Fia Coghlan not far behing her. Other notable performances were from Naoise Kennedy and James Hayes in mens HP, Alan O’Regan in mens sea Kayak, Ciaran Devine in mens GP and in the duo race Sinéad Callanan and Elaine Fahy.

To top of what was a great weekend we had one of our very own Kevin Cahill win one of the most prestigious awards in Irish Universities Kayaking, the Colm Johnson award. Colm was a former student in UCC Canoe club who passed away on a kayaking trip to Norway in 2010. After his passing an award was put in place in order to reward the male kayaker who had made the greatest overall contribution to the colleges kayaking scene in terms of their own performances and helping others throughout the previous 12 months. This year Kevin has gone above and beyond for our club and it is an award thoroughly deserved for the efforts he has put into the club this year.

We would also like to thank our hosts Ulster University for putting on a trememdous competition and we are already looking forward to Dublin next year!