Silver medal for Clitheroe’s Jonnie

IN THE MEDALS: Jonnie Schofield (right) and partner Liam Heath
IN THE MEDALS: Jonnie Schofield (right) and partner Liam Heath

FORMER Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Jonnie Schofield has had a good start to his international season in the Men’s Kayak Doubles K2 200m discipline.

After a winter training programme with the GB Olympic Racing Squad in Australia and Spain, the Maidenhead-based Schofield and his K2 partner Liam Heath have been working hard in preparation to retain their European Championship title, and improve on their bronze medal in last year’s World Championship.

Last weekend, Schofield was part of the Great Britain team at the Canoe Sprint World Cup event in Racice, Czech Republic, where he and Heath took their second silver medal of the season, coming second to French world champions Arnaud Hybois and Sebastien Jouve.

Pushing hard to the line, they came in narrowly behind the winners, but well clear of the rest of the field.

This followed on from their silver medal at the World Cup race two weeks ago in Poland.

Schofield said: “We were pipped by the French again, but we had a really promising race. Now to focus on the Euros.”

Head coach Brendan Purcell added: “There was really exciting racing for the men’s 200m, Jon and Liam were really happy with their race.

“But there are some areas where they can improve, which is really positive when you are going forward to European and World Championship.”