Kayaking in Ireland has reached a new high with David McClure becoming our first-ever European Champion and doing so on the course that will be used for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

His win in the freestyle K1 Men division was secured with an emphatic win over Joaquim Fontane I Maso, the current World Champion.

McClure currently coaches Ireland’s next generation of Freestyle athletes, had an ideal set up for Saturday’s final, winning the semi-final, and having finished second in the qualification round.

In a demonstration of the depth of the Irish Team who were competing in Paris, the Championships also saw Ireland’s first-ever medal being won in the Women’s competition.

Aoife Hanrahan, currently studying full time for a degree in Pharmacy, won a bronze medal in the K1 event, just behind Poland’s Zofia Tula.

This championship saw one of the biggest teams Ireland has had at a major international, with 18 athletes competing across the various categories.

Kayaking comes under the guidance of Canoeing Ireland and is clearly a sport that will feature on our radar in the coming years.


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