Sawley’s Jon Schofield heading to the Olympics

OLYMPIC-BOUND: Jon Schofield (right) and kayak partner Liam Heath
OLYMPIC-BOUND: Jon Schofield (right) and kayak partner Liam Heath

SAWLEY’S Jon Schofield has effectively rubber-stamped his place on Team GB for London 2012.

The 26-year-old kayak star glided to victory alongside world silver medallist Liam Heath at the first National Sprint Regatta at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, the initial races of the Olympic selection process.

The duo took to the water with an air of confidence, and at the sound of the start gun exploded away, leaving the rest of the field in their wake, crossing the finishing line comfortably.

It was a performance that showed the pair mean medal business with less than 100 days to go before the Games’s opening ceremony.

The European champion and World Championship silver medallist, eyeing gold on Eton’s Lake Dorney, the man-made Olympic home of British flat-water canoeing and rowing, situated beside the Thames, said: “It’s pretty surreal really. It’s going to take a while for it to sink in that we are going to 2012 and represent Team GB.

“We are definitely moving forward and we know the standard in the world is going to be higher this year.

“But we are moving in the right direction.

“We’ve had a really good winters training and a really good race today so we think we are on track for London.”