GALASHIELS canoeist Alice Haining has been crowned British champion.

The former Gala Academy pupil paddled her way to victory over the London Olympics white water course at Lee Valley on Sunday.

But it took a controversial judging decision for Alice to reach the top of the podium at the British Open championships.

Former European champion Fiona Pennie had recorded the fastest time by around five seconds in the Kayak competition.

But she was hit with a 50 second penalty after being adjudged to have missed a gate in the semi-finals.

And the penalty opened the door for 23 year-old Alice, who moved to Nottingham four years ago to pursue her career in the canoe.

Among the other top international names in the K1 final were the winner and runner-up of the C1 class, Mallory Franklin and Kimberley Woods.

Alice, who began canoeing as a member of Selkirk Canoe Club when she was just nine, has been competing for Great Britain age-group teams over the past seven years.

Mum Leanne told us: "Watching Alice's commitment and dedication to this sport is awesome.

"We can only be thankful who have helped her to get there."