Nine-year-old canoeist Sam Curwen has been picked to join Manchester Canoe Club’s junior slalom squad.
Year five pupil Sam took part in a trial day at the club, based on the River Goyt in Marple, over the Easter break and will now race with their Marlins team.
Skill, stamina and courage
Canoe slalom is one of the most spectacular watersports, demanding skill, stamina and courage – which Sam tells us is exactly what attracted him to the sport in the first place.
He’s also had plenty of encouragement from older brother, Senior School pupil and fellow Marlins paddler Alex, whose success Sam is desperate to emulate!
Away from the water, Sam is a keen musician and fits his canoeing around playing the trumpet, guitar and piano.
Expert guidance at Stockport Grammar
Sam also receives expert guidance at our Junior School canoe club (pictured) from teacher Mr Malcolm Johnson, a former flat water professional who retired from the sport in 2004.
Mr Johnson has experience of competing in world championships, world cups and European championships and has commentated on the sport at the London 2012 and the 2004 Athens Olympics for Eurosport.