Tori to take GB coaching role for European Rafting Championships

Red Rose Rafters (from left) - Tori Callaby, Bex Faragher,  Alison St John Clare, Molly McKenzie , Sarah-Jayne Evans and Jess Evans ANL-161005-124438002
Red Rose Rafters (from left) - Tori Callaby, Bex Faragher, Alison St John Clare, Molly McKenzie , Sarah-Jayne Evans and Jess Evans ANL-161005-124438002
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A Spalding woman is ready to represent Great Britain at her second European Rafting Championships – although this time her feet are set to remain on dry land.

Tori Callaby (37) was part of a six-strong team who took part as GBR2 in last year’s European Championships in Bosnia where they finished ninth out of 10 teams in their first competition on the world stage.

Tori Callaby (far left)

Tori Callaby (far left)

Earlier this year she qualified as part of a four-woman team to represent GBR2 in Slovenia from May 16-22 but injury has meant she will now be coaching rather than racing herself.

“I’ve had to take a step back this time,” said Tori, who works for British Gas as a white goods engineer based at Peterborough.

“I’m still going out there with the team but I’ll be taking on a coaching role, and passing on my many years of experience, watching them compete and giving feedback.

“We’re really hoping to build on last year’s results and concentrate on not coming last.”

We’re really hoping to build on last year’s results and concentrate on not coming last.

Tori Callaby

Former Spalding High School student Tori is part of the 12-strong Red Rose Rafting Team – formed in 2009 by a group of friends who enjoy 
outdoor activities and pursuits – and are currently ranked second in the country.

The only team member based in Lincolnshire, Tori has already taken part in many competitions held by British Rafting as well as training 
with past national teams.

The Red Rose rafters fielded two teams at the British selection held at Lee Valley earlier this year and were delighted to take second spot again.

The rafters will take on four elements during the contest next week – sprint, head to head, slalom and endurance – and are hoping to build on last year’s performance.

Tori will be back in the raft herself later this year and hopes the team will go on to qualify for next year’s six-man competition.

You can keep up to date with the Red Rose Rafters’ progress at www.facebook.com/RedRoseRapidsRafting