Update from British Canoeing 2 April

In response to the current Stay at Home measures issued by the government on 23 March, to address the Coronavirus pandemic, British Canoeing has issued a further update on events and gatherings, following the statement issued on Monday 16 March.

In the interest of the safety and well-being of all members of our community, it is with regret that we are extending the cancellation of all British Canoeing events and gatherings, until 31 May 2020.

Following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games, selection for the remaining Sprint Olympic and Paralympic team places will not take place in Spring/early Summer 2020 as planned.

The status of all selection processes will be communicated as the 2020 and 2021 domestic and international calendar becomes clearer.

The earliest there will be any resumption in domestic competition will be after 31 May.

This date will be further reviewed to align with further government and public health advice or legislation, recognising that decisions which affect activities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be taken by the devolved administrations.

The extension for events and gatherings is in line with advice issued by British Canoeing on Thursday 26 March that all paddlesport activity should immediately cease on rivers, waterways and coastal areas until further notice.

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/british-canoeing-coronavirus-update-on-events-and-gatherings?fbclid=IwAR2lIlRxYcc8uLraX8itZPO2ZiwOXVWuR4EaZN8naHn-Shd5NOC_2ydRaRA

BC update on paddlesport activity 26 March 2020

Members will recognise that we are in a very fast changing situation, responding to the advice and guidance dealing with issues related to the Coronavirus COVID 19 situation.

With regards to paddlesport activity, British Canoeing has today issued new guidance in the following statement:

In light of the government’s Stay at Home measures and following new guidance issued today by the Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust, which impacts the usage of waterways, British Canoeing has further revised its position and now strongly recommends that all paddlesport activity should immediately cease on rivers, waterways and coastal areas until further notice.

This is in line with government advice requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes, avoiding social gatherings and all non-essential travel.

Further information is here.

MRC Junior Development Squad March 2020

A list of those who are eligible and have applied to be on this year’s MRC Junior Development Squad is here:  JDS 16 March 2020
Don’t forget, now that the racing has started again, you can join throughout the year as you get promoted.  
Boys U18 Div 3      U16 Div4
Girls U18 Div4        U16 Div5
Canoeists – one division below the kayakers.
The link to sign up is here.
 
At the moment this weekend’s training day at Elmbridge is going ahead, and more information will be sent to JDS paddlers, parents and coaches soon.
 

Postponement of the British Canoeing Regional Workshops

Te impact of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) is already being felt in many aspects of our lives and this is likely to escalate in the coming weeks.

As a part of our response to the Corona Virus, British Canoeing has taken the decision to postpone the Future Strategic Plan Regional Workshops which were due to take place throughout England over the next 6 weeks. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience that this may cause.

We plan to reorganise these in October 2020 and will publish these dates within the next few weeks. We will also shortly announce plans for a series of digital conferences around the future strategy which we expect to take place in April and May. This will enable many members to still contribute fully to this phase of developing the strategy.

British Canoeing will be issuing its wider advice around COVID-19 to clubs, committees and event organisers later today via our website and other communication channels. We will then update this whenever the advice changes from the various governments within the UK.

Kind regards

David Joy

CEO, British Canoeing

 

Fair, Shared and Sustainable Open Access

A reminder from British Canoeing:

For too long the right to paddle on or swim in our inland waters in England and Wales has been disputed.  Many special places are perceived to be ‘off limits’, with paddlers frequently subject to challenge or threats over their right to be there.

 It’s time this changed, and we need you to make it happen.

We are asking the Government to review current policy toward access on waters in England and Wales. This includes considering new legislation where necessary. Signing the petition will help us achieve this.

If you are passionate about protecting the places we paddle and ensuring our children and future generations can enjoy fair, shared access to all our waterways then please sign our petition today.

Fair, shared, sustainable open access. It’s not too much to ask for…is it?

For more information about the Clear Access, Clear Waters Campaign and to sign our petition, head to www.clearaccessclearwaters.org.uk NOW!