Louisa Gurski

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Louisa Jane Gurski
Louisa Sawers in Action at National Regatta in Nottingham.jpg
Louisa Gurski racing at National Regatta in Nottingham
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 29)
Chertsey, Surrey, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Sport
Country  United Kingdom
Sport Flatwater Kayak
Event(s) K1, K2, K4 Sprint and Marathon
Club Elmbridge Canoe Club
Coached by Miklos Simon, Steven Harris

Louisa Jane Gurski (née Sawers, born 26 May 1988) is a London 2012 Olympic Games finalist who competes in Sprint Kayaker for Great Britain. She was brought up in Walton-on-Thames and started Kayaking at Elmbridge Canoe Club, Weybridge at the age of 12.[1]

International results[edit]

Early success saw her win the 2006 World Junior Marathon Championships in both K1 and K2 events with Jessica Walker. She then moved to Marlow, Buckinghamshire to train with the Great Britain Kayaking team at Dorney Lake and Bisham Abbey.

2009[edit]

2009 was a breakthrough year in the Senior sprint events for Louisa where she won a Bronze Medal at the 2009 Canoe Sprint European Championships in the K4 200m, 5th in the K4 500m at the same event.[2] Another 5th at the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Dartmouth, Canada confirmed the results were not a fluke.[3] She finished the year with a Silver at the Under 23 Canoe Marathon World Championships in Gaia, Portugal.

2010[edit]

A solid year for Louisa in the Sprint event where she came 9th (K2 500m) at the 2010 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Trasona, Spain[4] and then another 5th (k4 500m) at the 2010 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships,[5] gaining time on the medal positions.

2011[edit]

Remaining in the GB Women's K4 500m event throughout the year, Louisa was 6th at the 2011 Canoe Sprint European Championships[6] in Belgrade, Serbia and this was followed by a 4th and Olympic qualification at the 2011 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary.[7]

Louisa Gurski in the London 2012 Olympic women's K4 500m final

2012[edit]

Louisa started the season at the 2012 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, with a 4th in the Women's K4 500m event.[8] At the London Olympics 2012 in August she came 5th in the Women's K4 500m final, competing with Rachel Cawthorn, Jess Walker and Angela Hannah.[9] She came 11th in the K2 500m event with Abigail Edmonds.[10]

2014

Sawyers won the K-1 5000 m at the 2014 World Championships.[11]

2016

Competing as Louisa Gurski, she was part of the Great Britain women's K-4 500 m team along with Jess Walker, Rachel Cawthorn and Rebii Simon.[12]

Support and sponsors[edit]

She is supported by the UK Sport Olympic Podium Programme and sponsored by Sweaty Betty, Shock Absorber and Tesco.

References[edit]

  1. ^ GB Canoeing. "Louisa Sawers – GB Canoeing". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Sportscene. "Results archive". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Sportscene. "Results archive". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Trasona 2010. "http://results.trasona2010.com/Pdfs_EUR10/Domingo/95.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 4 August 2012.  External link in |title= (help)
  5. ^ GB Canoeing. "Six medals and a new world record at 2010 Sprint World Championships". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Canoe Federation of Serbia. "European Senior Canoe Sprint Championships". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  7. ^ The Hungarian Canoe Federation. "2011 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  8. ^ The Hungarian Canoe Federation. "ECH Zagreb 2012 – Results". Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "BBC Sport London – Louisa Sawers". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "BBC Sport London – Louisa Sawers". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Wettkampf-Exporter, IMAS. "Race 202 - K1 W 5000 - Long distance". www.results.imas-sport.com. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  12. ^ "Women's Kayak Four 500m". 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 

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