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Home Internationals and the British Open 2010
Harry Uren

On the 25th of October I travelled out to Northern Ireland to compete as the Junior High Performance paddler with the England Surf Kayak team (the ESK). The Home International competition happens every other year in one of the competing countries of Great Britain. Each country should have a full team made up of two Men HP, two Men IC, Two Junior IC, Two Junior HP and Two women for HP and IC also. The winning country is the team who accumulates the least points, for example during a heat of 4 competitors, the surfing is scored out of 20 points on each wave (10 waves are counted and only the best 2 are used for the final score of your heat), the kayaker who has the most points of their heat wins, and is placed in 1st place, this means their country will get 1 point, whereas if they came 3rd they’d receive 3 points. At the end of the entire competition all of the ranking points are added up to show the winning country.
            When it came around to my heat, I was up against some of the best juniors from other the other countries, but I was determined to do well, and get a high score and as it turns out I came first in my heat which was a huge achievement for me, and it meant England only received 1 point from me. At the end of the week the Home International prize giving was held, all the teams turned out in force wearing full team kit, the atmosphere was tense, although it was smiles and friendly on the surface, we all wanted to win!
            In 4th Place came Scotland, in 3rd place were the Republic of Ireland, in 2nd place was Northern Ireland and in 1st was England. This was a great success for us and we had retained the trophy, but only just! There was only 1 point between 1st and 2nd place making it the tightest results ever.

The British Open is separate competition but happened at the same venue at the weekend of the Home International. This competition was for the individuals competing for the British Title. The kayaker who wins his/her heat will be put through into the next heats until they reach the final. Over 90 competitors entered the British open with about 25 kayakers in the Juniors with me, On the day I was competing I had won my first few heats beating competition from Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and the Channel Islands, but in the semi final I got a 3rd, and so was knocked out and didn’t reach the final. Which means I’m currently ranked 5th in Great Britain for Junior HP. Which is still very good and I’m very happy with the result.



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