Kirkcaldy Canoe Club was delighted this week to receive delivery of a brand new skinny K2 (2 man) sprint canoe which meets the current Olympic Standards for sprint racing canoes funded by Trueform Engineering Ltd.Derek Veale, Scottish Operations Manager for Trueform is pictured here handing over the new canoe to members of Kirkcaldy Canoe Club.
The new canoe was funded by Trueform Engineering Ltd, complete solution providers for public transport, when they learnt of the success the Kirkcaldy Clubs sprint paddlers had at the British National Sprint Championships in July 2009 in a fleet of aging craft, some of which are in excess of 25 years old.
The new K2 sprint canoe will be used by Kirkcaldy’s group of sprint paddlers, also members of the Scottish Development Squad, during training sessions and national sprint events. The team, joined by paddlers from Linlithgow and Forth Canoe Clubs train six days a week with up to 3 sessions per day in their bid for success and selection to the Great Britain team under the guidance of the Scottish Canoe Associations Sprint Development Coach, Kristina Medovcikova.
Trueform, who have provided the Fife Commuters with their upgraded transports facilities and bus shelters over the past three years at all the major bus stations as well as Fife wide maintenance and supply of bus shelters stated that “they would have loved to have given more in these difficult times and wished Kirkcaldy Canoe Club’s athletes every success in their quest for British Team selection.”
The first outing for the new K2 will be the Scottish Sprint Championships at Strathclyde Park on the 16th August 2009 followed by Kirkcaldy Canoe Clubs sprint regatta at Kinghorn Loch on the 23rd August 2009 where all local visitors are welcome, thereafter it will make a debut trip to the Inter Club Regatta at the National Water Sport Centre in Nottingham on the 5thand 6th September 2009.
Margaret Chapman, Chairperson of Kirkcaldy Canoe Club, said she was “absolutely delighted to hear the fantastic news that Trueform Engineering Ltd was able to help elevate the profile of sprint canoeing with their generous gift to the paddlers of the Kirkcaldy Club.” She went on to say “that when the club members heard of the news their own aspirations were lifted and that there was an uncanny enthusiasm in their training commitment that evening. “