Feb 2 2012 by Kieran Westbrook, West Lothian Courier
A KAYAKING club in Linlithgow is making a name for itself after producing numerous champions.
Linlithgow Kayak Racing is made up of five young people who have all achieved great success at an elite level.
Sean Redmond competes at Under-16s and is currently British Champion in no less than four separate categories, and ranked fourth in the UK overall in the Under-18s.
Sean was also awarded the Scottish Sports Aid Junior Sportsman of the Year award recently.
Under-14s girl Amy Redmond is British Champion in two categories and ranked third in the UK for her age group.
Rhonwyn Smith is sixth in the UK at Under-16s and has two British Championship medals.
Lewis Fletcher (Under-18 Boys) is ranked in the UK top 10 in four separate categories.
The youngest member of the team, Emma Brockway in the Under-12s who is ranked in the UK top 10 in two categories.
For the past four years, the National Development and Performance Squad members of Linlithgow Kayak Racing have used the town's Xcite Pool to train for national and international events.
And the team's coach, Pete Easson, reckons that has paid dividends.
He said: “For the past four years the club has worked incredibly hard and that work is now paying off.
“All the team members live in Linlithgow so being able to train in the town is so important.
“We would like to thank the staff at Xcite Linlithgow for allowing us to use the facilities.
“We truly are a home-grown club that is gaining international recognition in kayaking.
“Long may it continue.”