Sports Gazette Emerging Star finalists Jake Brown showed why he was shortlisted at the weekend when the talented teenager notched his first victory in a Premier league Kayak Slalom race at Tees Barrage International White Water centre.
Eighteen year old Jake who is a member of Tees Tigers and Tees Active Sports Academy was competing against the best paddlers in the country with 66 paddlers in the K1 race Jake had his work cut out and managed t a winning time of 112.78 secs on his first run of the day with his nearest rival Zachary Franklin of the Windsor and District CC registering a time of 112.95 secs.
A delighted Jake said “I have been close all season to getting on the podium but have made a few technical errors so it was great to achieve my best ever finish in the last race of the season and it was made sweeter by doing it on my home course. The season has gone well, particularly after being selected for Great Britain to compete at the World and European Championships this summer, I will take a week off and then it will be back to the hard work involved in winter training.”
Jake who has recently started studying at Nottingham Trent University and will be able practice daily on the nearby Holme Pierrepoint White Water course, so Jake is definitely one to watch out for in the 2019 season.
For further information on Tees Active Sport Academy contact Allan McDermott on (01642) 528772 or visit www.teesactive.co.uk