BROTHERS Harvey and Thomas Merrifield, of Taunton Canoe Club, brought home medals from Poland and the Czech Republic, where they were representing Great Britain in the Junior ECA (European Canoe Association) series.

They took part in races in Krakow (Poland) and Ceske Budevojice (Czech Republic), finishing second in the Czech Republic and third overall in the series (J16 C2 class).

Having taken part in these events, and trained at various locations across Europe in Augsburg, Prague and the French Alps, the Merrifields are back in the UK and are looking to build on this excellent result.

They will soon get the chance to do just that as the events continue to come thick and fast for Taunton’s canoeing pair, who are currently preparing for the British Open event at the Olympic site in Lee Valley.

That competition takes place later this month on the weekend of September 16-17.