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.
Account name: BCU Marathon Racing Committee.
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.
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
If you’re interested in the workings and decisions of the MRC, you can read our draft minutes of the 5th May meeting via the link below. Please note these are only approved at the subsequent meeting so may not be definitive.