Canoe poloists feature in Team GB success

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University of Liverpool elite athletes Jack Playford, Shivan McCutcheon, Danielle Brain and Georgina Longbottom

University of Liverpool elite athletes Jack Playford, Shivan McCutcheon, Danielle Brain and Georgina Longbottom will return for the new academic year having competed for Team GB’s under-21s at the World Championships in Canada.

The quartet, who are all canoe poloists, represented the University with distinction.

Jack, the captain of the Team GB side, who studies Environment and Planning, and Shivan, who studies Mechanical Engineering, were part of the men’s team who retained their title having also won last year’s championships in Italy.

They beat Poland 9-3 in the semi-final and then overcame Germany in the final later the same day. A tight final was goalless at half-time, but two goals from Jack plus another from teammate Alex Lowthorpe gave Team GB the title, with a final score of 3-2.

Danielle, who has just completed a pharmacology degree, and Georgina, who studies Civil Engineering, were part of the women’s team who came fourth overall, having been defeated 3-2 to New Zealand in the bronze medal match.

They had earlier lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners of the women’s competition, Germany.

Chair of performance squads for British Canoe Polo, Derek Playford, said: “Jack and Shivan have deservedly got their reward for the two to three land and water-based training sessions per day that they have invested over the past year. 

“Shivan showed why he was one of the best goalkeepers at the tournament with an outstanding display in the final, with Jack winning the top goal scorer prize, including making the first goal, and then scoring the next two in the final. 

“They both also become members of a very select group of five under-21 men's canoe polo players who have won the three major titles back to back – World's (2016), European's (2017) and World's (2018).  This was a huge achievement on the world stage and justly earned.

“Georgie and Dani suffered heartbreak following the past few years of dedication to their sport just missing out on a medal as the GB under-21 women finished a very close fourth, losing by a single goal to New Zealand in the bronze medal match.”

 

By Matt Addison

@mattaddison97

AU Vice President (Communications)