Star from Richmond Canoe Club races to silver at World Championships

  Posted: 18.09.21 at 12:43 by Rory Poulter

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Lizzie Broughton from Richmond Canoe Club has today won a silver medal in the 1,000m canoe sprint race at the World Championships in Denmark.

It was another major success for the much heralded paddler, aged 33, who claimed a bronze in the same event when it was last held in 2019.

Lizzie, who was raised in Twickenham, has been a member of Richmond Canoe Club since a youngster and has picked up a host of medals representing Great Britain at world level canoe events during her illustrious career.

The World Championship 1,000m event is the most prestigious in the sport. This particular race for women is not included in the Olympic programme, while the equivalent for men is.

A series of finals from the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe World Championships, in Copenhagen, were broadcast on YouTube on Saturday and can be watched on catch-up here.

Lizzie got out strongly in the 1km race and the long-distance specialist pushed hard in the last quarter of the race to finish in a clear second place.

Credit: Planet Canoe/ICF.

The kayaker has raced at every distance from 200m upwards for her club. In 2015, she was part of the first ever mixed senior team to win the gruelling 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, smashing the mixed team course record by almost an hour.

She and her paddling partner, Keith Moule, finished the course in 16 hours 40 minutes, which was 55 minutes quicker than the previous mixed course record of 17 hours 35 minutes.

Richmond Canoe Club has a thriving youth section and canoeists of all ages can be seen ploughing up and down the Thames from their base near Richmond Bridge up to Teddington Lock on a daily basis.

Lizzie is a Senior Insight Manager at ukactive, which is a not-for-profit industry association that works with thousands of organisations to help people become more active, and she clearly leads by example.

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