New BC Club Partnership Grants

British Canoeing’s Talent Pathway team is offering Partnership grants to racing and slalom clubs, in the form of part-funded coaching positions.

The criteria can be found here, and clubs should note that the deadline for application is OCTOBER 23RD.

Please contact Mark Hoile of the Talent Pathway team with any questions.

Results data project – request for ideas

Wouldn’t it be great to have an online database of race results, where you could track your results over time or compare yourself to the rest of the country?

The MRC has compiled a database of six seasons race results. We’re looking for keen data analysts in the paddling community to help us work out how to get more from this data in future.

The database can be accessed in Google Sheets here. The MRC is seeking ideas by 18th October, to discuss at our all day meeting of 18th November.

Any questions please email James

Racing levy for 2018

Following discussions at the ACM at Pangbourne in July, the committee would like to increase the race levy for seniors & veterans from £2.00 to £3.00 from 1 January 2018, but to leave the levy for juniors at £2.00.
This would enable the committee to continue providing the current levels of support and services to both domestic and international racing whilst maintaining a balanced budget, as required by British Canoeing.

This decision is expected to be ratified at the MRC meeting of 18th November and implemented from 1st January. If you have any comments or questions please email the MRC Secretary.

Communications and media volunteers required to support marathon racing

  • Are you looking to build a career in media or journalism?
  • Or do you have a background in working in communications?
  • Maybe you are looking for a rewarding volunteering opportunity in your sport?

If this sounds like you then the Marathon Racing Committee and British Canoeing would be interested in discussing media volunteer opportunities with you

As part of Stronger Together – the new strategic plan for British Canoeing – improving the profile of paddlesport and communications throughout the sport is one of the 11 ambitions in the strategy.

In order to achieve this ambition British Canoeing, in partnership with the discipline committees, is looking to recruit media volunteers and build capacity to create more reports, features and stories.

What we are looking for:

The ideal candidate would currently be involved in canoe marathon and be knowledgeable about the sport, either as a competitor, parent or club volunteer. The candidate would potentially have:

  • A background working in a communications role, public relations or the media.
  • Or is studying, or planning to study, a media related course and is looking for practical experience.
  • Or is enthusiastic to try and learn new skills and take on a different challenge.

What the role will require:

  • Initially the role is to report on major races taking place throughout the season, including National Championships and Hasler Finals. This would involve writing a race report, interviews with competitors and social media activity.
  • There would also be an opportunity to write features on competitors and clubs within the marathon community.

What you will receive in return:

  • Training and guidance from the British Canoeing communications team
  • Travel and subsistence expenses
  • A member of a proposed British Canoeing communications group, comprising executive staff members and volunteers from other disciplines.
  • Your name printed as the reporter on British Canoeing and Marathon Racing channels.

More details:

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity please contact Robert Knott, Head of Marketing and Communications at British Canoeing at Robert.knott@britishcanoeing.org.uk

British Canoeing signs broadcast deal with Sky Sports

British Canoeing has announced the launch of Go Canoe! – a brand new series of eight programmes featuring canoeing that will be broadcast on Sky Sports throughout this summer.

The programmes will focus on the British athletes as they compete in the International Canoe Federation Slalom and Sprint World Cup events.

The series will also include tutorials – introducing the various disciplines within the sport, together with magazine features about clubs, trails, adventures and athletes.

Go Canoe! is being produced by Hit the Roof, with magazine contributions produced by MediaPack.

David Joy, chief executive of British Canoeing said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to work with Sky Sports to create this series of programmes. Go Canoe! will really showcase the excitement and breadth of Canoeing to a wide audience and is another step forward in the delivery of our new strategy Stronger Together.”

Hannah Brown, a two time World Champion in wild water racing, will feature in one of the episodes of Go Canoe! and is delighted that the sport will be aired on the Sky Sports channels.

“It is fantastic news that canoeing, including my discipline of wild water racing, will receive some brilliant exposure on Sky Sports. It really shows that there is an interest and a demand for canoeing on a national scale.

“It has been great to be involved in the series and have the opportunity to showcase wild water racing to the wider public who may not have seen or heard much about the sport before.

“I can’t wait for people to see how exciting and diverse the sport is. Such coverage is vital to the sport and hopefully will encourage more people to give it a go.”

The first Go Canoe! show will be broadcast on Sky Sports on Monday 24th July. The full schedule is as follows:

Programme 1            24 July 2017                     21:00
Programme 2            31 July 2017                     22:30
Programme 3            07 August 2017                    22:00
Programme 4            14 August 2017                    22:00
Programme 5            21 August 2017                    21:00
Programme 6            28 August 2017                    21:00
Programme 7            04 September 2017 21:00
Programme 8            11 September 2017         21:00

Safety and mutual responsibility in races

During the season so far, a number of incidents have been drawn to the attention of the MRC relating to capsizes. These may have been through instability, or lack of skill, consideration or unnecessarily aggressive behaviour on part of other paddlers.

The MRC would like to remind all paddlers, team leaders and race organisers of the following points:

  • Rule 5 iv) All paddlers are required to render assistance to other competitors in distress. – this means checking that a paddler in the water is able to cope with the situation well enough to get out of the water.
  • Rule 5 ii) Competitors must be able to swim adequately in the waters on which the race is being held. It is hoped that team leaders ensure that their paddlers know how to manage their boats when a capsize does occur, being able to swim to a place where emptying and re-entry are possible.
  • Should a paddler accidentally cause a capsize, it is expected that an apology and offer of assistance will be made.
  • Rule 6) DISCIPLINE – final paragraphRace Organisers should note the powers in clause 2.1 of the Procedures to apply immediate discipline where members or competitors have displayed violent or unreasonable behaviour. (Marathon racing is subject to British Canoeing Marathon Racing Committee Disciplinary Regulations and to British Canoeing Disciplinary Code. See http://canoeracing.org.uk/marathon/index.php/disciplinarymatters/.)
  • Race organisers are reminded that the HRM system provides the facility for them to enter time penalties or allowances. Should a paddler delay their own race to render assistance, it would be appropriate to use this. Should evidence make it clear that a paddler has refused to assist or ignored a situation that may require assistance; organisers should take measured and appropriate action.
  • It is accepted that a young junior may not be able to offer greater assistance than a tow to the bank, or staying with the paddler while they swim, but it is expected that an adult paddler will be able to offer greater assistance particularly if the swimmer is a junior.
  • Race organisers are reminded that reference to Rule 5iv) must be included in their briefing.

It is in the interest of all paddlers that they learn to look after themselves and each other in race situations and it is also expected that team leaders ensure that this is the case.

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