Driving Miss Daisy
Talented paddler Daisy Cooil has returned to Teesside after a summer of competing on the European canoe slalom circuit whilst competing in the ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup which consisted of a series of races in Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Bratislava with a handful of medals as well as being crowned overall champion in the C1 category and taking a bronze in the K1 category.
Sixteen year old Daisy a member of Tees Tigers and Tees Active Sports Academy spent nearly 5 weeks on the road being driven by her father Dave covering nearly 5000 Kilometres, but the Cooil family were rewarded with Daisy gaining a podium place at every venue, resulting in Daisy gaining enough points to be crowned overall C1 champion and taking a bronze in the K1 category.
Daisy who has just completed her GCSE’s this summer will be having a few days rest before she is back on the water training hard for her next race at Holme Pierrepoint in the Premier League Slalom division. Delighted father Dave Cooil who describes himself as Daisy’s driver and general dogsbody said “ The summer in Europe has been a tremendous experience and Daisy has performed well on a variety of different courses which will be fantastic for her continuing development as a paddler.”
Daisy added “It has been fabulous to visit all these different countries and meet paddlers from all over the world and to test myself against them. The hard work in the winter on the water and the gym has all been worth it and I am really looking forward to competing in Nottingham in September”