CANOEING: wildwater racing series P. 39 Leinster Leader, Thursday, Nov. 2
 The third round of the National Wild-Water Racing Series was held today on
the river Liffey in Celbridge. Over a hundred competitors braved the
torrential rain and flood conditions to race on the most difficult rapids in
Leinster.
Olympian Fatigued: Gary Mawer,  who represented Ireland in Sydney, found the
conditions very difficult in this time-trial rapid sprint event.  He is
normally known for marathon and sprint paddling and despite this he showedc
 ourage by attacking the 400m course with a fierce pace. Top French paddlerF
 rançois Gerdeaux, who dominated the first two rounds of the Nationwides
 eries, took joint first place with the surprise package, 39 year old PaulM
 oroney, showing experience counts, relegating Mawer to bronze.  Only
thousandths of a second seperated the Frenchman and Moroney of Wild-WaterK
 ayak Club, as they matched one anothers times in the first and second runs,
completing them in 48.10 and 46.92 seconds, respectively.  Bronze medallista
 t the Junior World Marathon Championships, Neil Fleming of Celbridge
Paddlers showed his versatility in winning the junior Category, in a superbt
 ime of 99 seconds for both runs combined, a mere 4 seconds behind Mawer.n
 bsp;Niall McAllinden gave a solid display finishing second in the Juniorc
 ategory  in a time of 110 seconds for both runs combined.
Veteran Olympian: The Mens Veteran category was won by another Olympian,
Gerry Collins of Salmon Leap Canoe Club who represented Ireland in the
slalom event at the 1972, Muinch Olympics.
 The recreational category, open singles, was won by a junior paddler,
Micheal Snell of Newbridge College, with veteran Larry Mellon of Celbridge a
close second, and Paul McCann of  Newbridge just off the pace.
Womens' White-water was dominated by Sarah Gallagher of Salmon Leap, who
glided down her home rapids in times of 64 and 66 seconds, to win easily
from Amanda Coleman of Wild-Water Kayak Club, and junior Sheena Devoy of
Celbridge Paddlers.
Again locals took two of the three prizes in the Canadian singles category,w
 ith a closely fought battle between Keith McGuirk (Celbridge Paddlers) andM
 ark Coleman (WWKC).  Reversing the trend from the last round of the
National Series, Coleman took 2nd place with McGuirk in third.
 In the Canadian Doubles category Keith McGuirk doubled up with clubmate
Wesley Burke (Celbridge Paddlers), showing that teamwork pays off, this crew
together for 4 years, finished in a combined time of  122 seconds, leavingt
 heir opposition in their wake.
 In the team event, where 3 paddlers compete the course together, Mawer made
up for his earlier disappointment in the individual event by joining up with
Celbridge Paddlers to take  first place, in a team that included a juniora
 nd a paddler in a Canadian single.  The Wild-Water Kayak Club A and B teams
were narrowly defeated in this exciting race.