2012 Kayaking Intervarsity Report

February 22, 2012  |  News  |  Share

Last weekend 17-19 February, GMIT Kayak and Canoe Club, Castlebar hosted the 2012 Kayaking Intervarsities for the first time. Over 18 colleges attended, and approximately 500 students from all over the country made their way to Castlebar with trailers packed full of colourful boats following behind.

Friday’s events kicked off with the Canoe Polo held on Lough Conn in Crossmolina, with music on site to set the atmosphere, hearty food provided by Lilliput Loaf, and the presence of the Civil Defence throughout the Weekend. The competitors arrived for the clash of the paddles to prove they had what it takes to win the title of Canoe Polo Champions 2012.  After a gripping championship final GMIT beat DCU to claim the coveted first place.

Saturday commenced with the Whitewater event on The Clydagh River, where each college was represented by 4 paddlers who had to make their way down the river as fast as possible. The River surprised many; throwing fast rapids and sharp turns their way, leaving a carnage of boats, paddles and students being swept down river, which were quickly rescued by the efficient GMIT river rescue team. University of Limerick showed their paddling talents by claiming first Place at the Whitewater event.

The second event on Saturday was the Freestyle competition held on Tuam Wave which was the perfect location for spectators to view the tricks and skills of some of the finest freestyle paddlers our country has to offer.  University of Limerick came out on top in this event also.

The weekend drew to an epic close at Lough Lannagh with the long distance event which had the largest number of competitors taking place. The weather made for a perfect end to the Kayaking weekend, with live music on the waters side provided by Con Artists. The atmosphere was electric with all competitors warming up on the water and families from the area coming to witness the spectacle.  Trinity College claimed the title in this event.

The overall winners to the 2012 Kayaking Intervarsities were University of Limerick

Next years Kayaking Intervarsities will be held by the proud winners in Limerick.



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