Quick-fire questions with British kayaker Claire O’Hara
Hunt Club Volkswagen, Ottawa
Claire is very pleased to announce that she has recently received sponsorship from www.huntclubvw.com in Ottawa, which will help enormously in her training and preparations for the World Championships!
Claire O'Hara announced as one of the finalists for the World Paddle Awards 'Paddlesport Professional of the Year' award - www.worldpaddleawards.com
Claire O’Hara: World Champion in Freestyle Kayak and Squirt Boat Kayak Reveals her Success Mantra "Nothing is Impossible" in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness - www.womenfitness.net
Claire named as Sports Woman of the Year
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Payette River Games
Claire will also be competing in the Payette River Games as one of her main competitions on the circuit this year. www.payetterivergames.com
Jackson Kayak Sponsor
Jackson Kayaks official announce Claire as part of the International Factory Team - see more
Dual British Champion
Claire returns to UK to win British Championship titles only a mater of weeks after winning double gold at the World Championships in the USA - see more
International Paddler of
the Year Award
Claire has been named as International Paddler of the Year by TVFreestylers and received an Athlete Recognition Award by the BCU for her success in the sport.
SAS Hurley Classic Champion
Claire wins the Hurley Classic in a close fought final. In an incredible event on the River Thames in London Claire managed to take the lead in a close fought wave battle on an awesome 3 gates at Hurley weir. See video here - read more here.
Maui Jim Sponsor Claire
Maui Jim sponsor Claire with a collection of top of the range performance sunglasses that she can use on and off the water. Claire is currently using the Maui Jim Stingray, Island Time and the Blue Water shades. Check out the full collection at www.mauijim.com
G Form Sponsor Claire
G Form kit Claire up with ground breaking RPT technology protection. Check out there impressive range of athletic and electronic products. see more at www.g-form.com
ICF Canoe Freestyle World
Cup Series Final Results
Claire had an impressive finish to the 2012 freestyle competition circuit winning 5 out of 6 events in the 2012 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup series. Taking home the World Cup Champion title in Squirt Boating and finishing second overall in the freestyle series. Claire won both events at the site of the 2013 ICF World Championships winning the freestyle finals with a 633 point ride, the highest women's ride of the series.
Murkey Water Sponsor Claire
Claire has just joined the Murky Water team and has recently begun training in her new super small Murky Water Slip. Ultimately designed for downtime this boat just flies under water but it is also unbelievable above the water and has opened up a whole new range of tricks to squirt boat paddlers around the world. See more at World Kayak Blogs.
Freestyle Kayaking at the
London 2012 Olympics
On July 29th 2012 Freestyle Kayaking made its debut at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Claire was invited as on of 6 World Class Freestyle Athletes to showcase the sport of Canoe Slalom as part of the Canoe Slalom event at the the Lee Valley Olympic White Water Course.
Check out Sportscene.tv for more details, videos and write ups.
Claire O'Hara Teva Moutain
Games Freestyle Champion 2012
Claire wins the Teva Mountain Games with a fantastic display of complex freestyle tricks in the beautiful town of Vail. See Newspaper article and write up here.
Area 47 Freestyle Ramp
Following on from the European Championships Claire and Den were invited to Area 47 in Oertz, Austria to test out there new kayak ramp.
Check out all the action from the time on the ramp here
Claire O'Hara wins Gold at
the European Freestyle Kayaking Championships 2012
This years European Championships took place in the picturesque mountain town of Lienz deep in the heart of Austria. Following a great display of freestyle kayaking and squirt boating from all the athletes Claire won Gold in the ladies Squirt boating class.
Dennis Newton Awarded Canoe
England Performance Coach of the Year Award
Claire's coach Dennis Newton named as Sports Performance Coach of the Year at the Canoe England Volunteer and recognition awards. Den was awarded in recognition of his work in freestyle and paddlesports with National athletes and grassroots participation.
Alpkit sponsor Claire with specialist outdoor equipment for the 2012 season - more here
Claire completed a 19-day expedition down the Grand Canyon on the Colorado river in the USA. Claire was part of a 9 person team who paddled the 280 mile stretch of the famous Colorado deep in the Grand Canyon Gorge in April. This beautiful gorge is one of the seven wonders of the world. There are loads more amazing photos and a write up from the trip on Claires blog.
Olympus sponsor Claire with a new Muji Tough TG 820 camera to help capture her adventures and travels in 2012. The camera also has a video function that is perfect for video analysis whilst training - more here
Jackson Kayak sponsor Claire with boats and are helping her with the 2012 US competition tour - more here
Claire O'Hara - Teva Athlete
Teva have invited Claire to join the Teva Tribe in 2012 and will be supporting Claire as she trains and competes across the world in 2012. Claire will be competing at the 2012 Teva Mountain Games in Vail - more here
VW Sponsorship Continues
Claire will be sponsored for a third year by Volkswagen Van Centre (West Yorkshire) as she aims to retain her British and World squirt boat kayak championships.
The Cleckheaton-based van centre has provided Claire with a new Volkswagen Transporter T5 which been custom fitted to make it suitable to living and travelling on the road as a kayaker.
Claire is now able to concentrate on training as she prepares to retain her world crown in Germany in June.
The van is kitted out with everything Claire needs including a bed, storage space for her kayaks and equipment, as well as creating a comfy living space with refrigerator.