The British Canoe Union has hopes this year that British competitors will win medals in the Olympic canoeing events - to be staged at Augsburg.
GV River Tay slalom course.
SV National champion Dave Mitchell negotiating gates in rough water (2 shots)
GV Mitchell through gates 16 and 17.
MV Mitchell reverses through gate, turning and going through final gates.
MV John McLeod negotiating rough water.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: The course here at Grantilly on the River Tay is absolutely right. Dave Mitchell, eight times the National Champion of this country in the Kayak slalom - and indeed the reigning champion - and from him we can expect a pretty faultless round. Twenty-nine years old, he comes from Chester and at the moment he's taking an awful lot of time off from his contractor's business and costing himself a lot of money in order to reach his peak form for the Olympics. Dave Mitchell - a real hope for a medal.
Mitchell coming down the course through Gate 16 ... and heavy water there between sixteen and seventeen, one of the biggest waves on the course.
Just two gates to go now - he's got a good time here and no penalties. Dave Mitchell going to the line finishing in 202-point-4 seconds.....and that will take some beating.
John McLeod, twenty-five year old physical education teacher... he builds and designs his own cances. In fact the Kayak he is using today i??? reinforced with black strips of carbon fibre, making a lighter boat than by using the normal glass fibre.
John McLeod - another Olympic candidate, coming into the heavy water - and he rolled right over then but he's upright again, which means he is alright.
But his other run was a good one, in fact, it was 205 seconds so that if he goes to the finish he will be quite happy, because in the overall event John McLeod finishes second."
On the River Tay in Scotland -- pre Olympic trials for some of Britain's star competitors in the Kayak slalom events.
This is David Mitchell from Chester. Eight times he has been the British National Champion in the event -- and he attracted world attention in 1967 when he won the silver medal at the world championships at Lipno in Czechoslovakia.
Britain's record in canoeing events at the Olympics not impressive - but the British Canoe Union believes it has an exceptional team this year - headed by Mitchell. The sport is rapidly gaining popularity in Britain, and Mitchell takes a lot of time off from his contracting business to keep at a peak of fitness.
Mitchell goes through gates sixteen and seventeen of the River Tay slalom course -- some of the roughest water he encountered in this competition.
Mitchell's fluent handling of the Kayak in the waters of the Tay led British selectors to name him one of the thirteen canoeists to represent Britain in Olympic competition at Augsburg. He will be one of three taking part in the Men's Kayak event. There will also be three British beats in each of the Women's Kayak and Canadian Singles events. There'll be two British beats in the Canadian doubles.
John McLeod is another British entry in the Men's Kayak event. By profession he is a physical education teacher and at twenty-five is the rising star in the Kayak competition.
McLeod builds and designs his own boats.
This film has a commentary by a correspondent of the British Broadcasting Corporation. A full transcript appears below - and an alternative Visnews commentary is provided overleaf.
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Background: The British Canoe Union has hopes this year that British competitors will win medals in the Olympic canoeing events - to be staged at Augsburg.
Two leading British hopefuls took part in a pre-Olympic time trial on the upper reaches of the River Tay in Scotland last week. David Mitchell has been British National Champion in the Kayak slalom sight time and he also won a silver medal at the world championships at Lipno in Czechoslovakia in 1967. John McLeod is the ri??? star in British Kayak slalom competition - and in the filmed time trial he finished a comfortable second to David Mitchell.
The British Canoe Union has named a team of thirteen for the Olympic Games. There will be three British boats in each of the Men's Kayak, Women's Kayak and Canadian Singles events, and two boats in the Canadian doubles.
The United Kingdom sent a big team to the canoe events in the 196??? Olympics at Mexico City -- but the nearest any of them came to a m???al were the semi-finals.