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Louis Allen (17) from East Hagbourne (Oxon) and George Barnicoat (17) from North Leigh (Oxon) who are sponsored by MOLLY MAID, the UK’s best known domestic cleaning organisation, have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Copenhagen Kayak Marathon World Cup this week-end (23-24th June). The ambitious K2 partnership will be racing amongst the World’s most talented Juniors in this series and have every chance of securing a medal. Team MOLLY MAID, who split their training between Cokethorpe Kayak Club in Oxfordshire and Longridge Club in Marlow, Buckinghamshire have recently experienced some excellent results most recently at the Gent Blaarmersen Marathon on 24th March where Louis secured second and George third place individually.

Despite their young years and only having been officially kayaking for just over two years, Louis and George are growing from to strength to strength and experiencing much success. Undergoing intensive and extremely dedicated training, up to as much as twice a day and following specific dietary regimes, the MOLLY MAID team have been preparing themselves for this test of skill and stamina for their entire careers.

With star qualities in addition to their dedication and commitment, Louis and George believe that friendship, trust as well as humour feature highly in making up a successful partnership. With such maturity, ambition and drive, it will be highly likely to witness team MOLLY MAID representing Great Britain paddling in a number of international competitions.

Louis Allen and George Barnicoat excited about the forthcoming challenge say, “We are delighted and so proud to have been selected to represent our country at the first World Cup series. We have been preparing and focussing on this race for months with intensive training and now feel ready to rise to this exciting, but tough challenge. We love our MOLLY MAID boat, which we have nicknamed the MOLLY MAID rocket as we know it will help us to save some valuable time on the water. We are incredibly hungry for success and will be paddling out of our skins to seize one of the world’s greatest titles and do our country proud! It will be such an exciting experience.”

Pam Bader OBE, CEO of MOLLY MAID proudly comments, “We have witnessed Louis and George progress through their training over the last few months and are so very proud of their selection. It is not often that local athletes you support are selected to represent your country! It’s certainly a first for MOLLY MAID, but having said, that we’ve always been a supporter of local sportsmen and women and with the rowing and sprint canoeing disciplines for the 2012 Olympics taking place in our back garden at Dorney Lake, we feel it particularly fitting to be supporting potential future Olympians with such high ambitions, drive and commitment as Louis and George. We wish them all the very best for the race and will be supporting Team MOLLY MAID all the way. Good luck boys!”


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Louis Allen and George Barnicoat

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MOLLY MAID is one of the world’s largest professional domestic cleaning services, carrying out 1.8 million home cleans every year worldwide. Initially founded in Canada in 1979, MOLLY MAID currently trades in Canada, USA, Japan, Portugal and the UK.

MOLLY MAID offers a guaranteed, flexible and affordable domestic cleaning service. Staff are fully insured, work in teams of two and arrive in MOLLY MAID branded cars, bringing with them all the necessary cleaning equipment and supplies.

MOLLY MAID came to the UK in 1984 and has grown from a standing start to 71 Franchise Owners nationwide. With a current annual turnover of over £15.3 million, which represents a 3% increase from 2009, the demand for the service that is regarded as an affordable necessity is set to expand throughout 2012.

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