Monday 15 July 2019

Doyle siblings impress at Junior Liffey Descent

David and Emma with their medals and Ruby the dog
David and Emma with their medals and Ruby the dog

Cathy Lee

Coláiste Bríde students, brother and sister David and Emma Doyle from Clonee, Camolin were thrilled to receive first and second place after taking part in the junior Liffey descent race in Dublin and coming home to Wexford with gold and silver medals in their categories.

In his third year competing in the race, David Doyle (18) crossed the finish line in just over one minute and fourteen seconds, coming in less than half of a second ahead of the competition.

'He looked very relaxed and completed the race in style. At the fourth and largest weir, the wrens nest, where the fast moving water saw a lot of paddlers go for a swim, David passed through without any bother and he was absolutely delighted to receive first place for his efforts,' said Michelle Doyle, David and Emma's mother.

David is currently doing his Leaving Certificate and is working on continuing to the next level of instructor exams, having been involved locally for about five years.

Emma Doyle (16), who was competing in the race for the second time, crossed the finish line in just under one minute and eighteen seconds, and both Doyle children were in kayaks that measured 420 centimetres or below.

They were timed as they made their way from the Salmon Leap Canoe Club near Leixlip to the Canoeing Ireland training centre at Strawberry Beds.

In that distance, they had to travel 11 and a half kilometres, through four weirs and one long portage of about 800 meters where competitors had to carry their boat.

'Emma is focused on becoming a kayak instructor and is very excited about her trip to the freestyle world championships. She will be the only junior female taking part with the Irish team in July, and she's on the river nearly every evening,' said Michelle.

The children travel all over Ireland to take part in their sport and both see themselves as instructors in the future.

Clearly kayaking plays a big role in the Doyle household and both learned to paddle with Kayak Academy in Edermine outside Enniscorthy and their instructor is Susan Doyle.

Other kayakers Nathan, Denis, Fred, Conor, Tom and Dylan from Kayak Academy also took part in the competition.

Gorey Guardian