Alan Laws has made the decision to step down from the Marathon Racing Committee, and as Chairman of Selectors, following nearly half century of voluntary work for our sport, at national and international level.
Alan was appointed to the MRC for the first time in 1969, and apart from a period as Chairman of the BCU has been a member ever since, serving as Chairman for 28 years. During this time Alan also served on the International Canoe Federation’s own marathon committee for 34 years, steering the sport from its first World Championships (held in Nottingham in 1988), to the highly professional, multi-day championships that they are today.
We will all have done a race which would never have happened without Alan’s, and his wife Christine’s work, and the MRC cannot express its gratitude sincerely enough for what they have done for our sport over the years.
British Canoeing offer a progressive set of Coaching qualifications – see the main website here
A new, canoe racing-specific course has just been developed at the “Coach Award” level, and will be rolled out during 2018. So if you’re interested in a racing-specific coaching qualification please contact Jim Taylor-Ross for a chat.
The Marathon Racing Committee exists to encourage club, regional, national and international marathon canoeing events.
The MRC committee comprises members elected by racing clubs at the Annual Consultative Meeting (usually held at the National Championships), and each member serves a two-year term (excepting the Chair who serves a one-year term). Its regulations can be downloaded here: MRC REGULATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
|Stan Missen Chair|
|Alan Laws Vice Chair, Chair of Selection Committee|
|Mick Nadal Regional Marathon Advisers co-ordinator; Secretary (Rules)|
|David Enoch Treasurer; Selection Committee|
|Graham Warland Race Records Officer, Calendar Compiler; International Logistics|
|Kat Wilson Athlete Development; Safeguarding; Website|
|Roland Lawler Rankings Officer; Selection Committee|
|Dyson Pendle Selection Committee|
|James Smythe Secretary (admin); Website; Selection Committee|
|Keith Moule Athlete development|
|Dan Seaford National Championships and Hasler Finals Co-Ordinator (co-opted)|
|Richard Ward Coaching Development; Athlete Development (co-opted)|
|Jim Taylor-Ross Coaching Development (co-opted)|
|Alice Clarkson roles tbc|
|Andrew Daniels roles tbc|
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.
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
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.