Last weekend, as a part of the canoe sprint women canoe development and Talent Identification Programme (TIP) the International Canoe Federation (ICF), with hosts Boulogne Canoe Club and the French Canoe Federation, organised a training camp and competition in Boulogne, for the fourth consecutive year.
Over 60 athletes from 21 countries and 4 local clubs took part in Women Canoe Cup this year. Among others, Laurence Vincent Lapoint (CAN), 3-times World Champion and Anggie Avegno (ECU) also a medallist at the very highest level.
These two athletes dominated the competition and took the top two spots.
Competitions were contested in C1, C2 and C4 over 200m and 500m. The races over 2000 meters were cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions.
Laurence Vincent Lapoint was the most successful athlete who won in every class, with her only real rival the talented Avegno. The rest of the competitors had to settle of third with many promising performances. (Results link below)
Vincent Hohler, President of FFCK, was impressed with the athletes’ high standard and the general progress in women's canoeing over the past few years. He expressed his intention to repeat the event in Boulogne next year.
The programme will contain the same combination of training camp and competition.