The University of Birmingham’s Canoe Polo team (part of the Kayaking club) started off their season on a high. Canoe Polo payer Sophie Louth had a great start to the domestic season, winning the women’s division at the British Open and finishing fourth in the open division. She then followed this up with the first tournament of the National Women’s Division 1 (the highest division) where her team won all four games without conceding a goal – placing them top of the league on goal difference! The team showed true grit and determination, playing without substitutes due to injury and illness but scored double figures in every game, in a sport where total scores are often under five. Louth scored (minimum) hat-tricks in all the games, and the team starts off the season with a positive attitude, hoping to continue their winning form, as whoever comes top of the league is awarded a place at the European Club Championships (ECC) next year. However, it will be a big challenge as the team currently sitting on equal points is Friends of Allonby from Liverpool who are current ECC winners.
Meanwhile, Birmingham University Canoe Polo players are gearing up for the season with the first tournament being Paddlington, hosted by the University of London. Last year, the Birmingham Women finished second and are hoping to go one better this year. The Birmingham Lionesses are also taking on National Division 2 this year against club teams, in the hope the training will help them gain the BUCS medal that was so agonisingly missed out on by the fourth placed finish last year. Good luck, girls!