Romford girls get GB call for World Rafting Championships

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 April 2017

Romford's Lorna Childs (left), Emily Smith and Katie Pidgeon (right) will represent Great Britain at the World Rafting Championships in Japan later this year

Romford's Lorna Childs (left), Emily Smith and Katie Pidgeon (right) will represent Great Britain at the World Rafting Championships in Japan later this year


Trio set to compete in Japan later this year

Romford youngsters Lorna Childs, Emily Smith and Katie Pidgeon will represent Great Britain at the World Rafting Championships in Japan later this year.

The trio have all recently take up white water rafting at the Lee Valley White Water Centre with the Lee Valley Paddlesports Club, going under the name of the Lee Valley Devils, and will compete in the under-19 R6 category, for a raft of six people.

The team train regularly at the London 2012 venue and are busy getting fit for the big event in October under the guidance of coach Phil Pidgeon.

Aged 14 to 17, they aim to take part in a European race in the summer and team member Jenni Painter said: “It has been an amazing experience. Once I started I wsa hooked and it has been a fantastic challenge.

“All of the team are very excited to have been selected and we are really working hard to be among the best in Japan.”

Lee Valley White Water Centre has British Canoeing’s High Performance Centre located at the venue and is the base for the British Canoe Slalom squad and all UK Sport funded Podium athletes.

Lee Valley White Water Centre is the first London 2012 legacy venue to gain this High Performance Centre status and the Slalom Squad’s team GB regularly train there.

For more information about white water rafting and other water sports, go to or call 03000 030 610.

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