Local girl Hannah Craig has qualified for the semi-finals of the K1 Kayak Canoe Slalom event at the 2012 Olympics. The Armoy competitor had a challenging first run on the Lee Valley White Water Course but a more polished performance in the second run secured her place in the semi-finals.
Hannah grew up in a sheep farm in Armoy but a move by the family to France sparked her interest in the sport. Representing Ireland and a member of the Shaw’s Bridge Club in Belfast , she is the country’s sole competitor in the canoe slalom event.
Local Independent Councillor Padraig Mc Shane congratulated the Glens girl and said;
“After qualifying at the European Championships Hannah Craig stated she didn’t just want to be there but she wanted to go and perform in London . She has done just that, improving immensely and deservedly qualified for the semi-finals.
“While Canoe Slalom is a sport most of us are unfamiliar with in Moyle everyone is now talking excitedly about the girl from Armoy. She really has put Ireland and the sport on the map and we will all be glued to our TV’s on Thursday afternoon to cheer on our local hero.”