New anti-doping code

On 1 January 2021, a new version of the World Anti-Doping Code will come into effect. The Code is an essential document which harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations around the globe and impacts all athletes, coaches and sports organisations.  As a result UK Anti-Doping, the ICF and British Canoeing have all updated our anti-doping rules to align with the new code.

A summary of the WADA Code changes can be found here

Junior Racing Skills

For 2021 there will be changes to the MRC Junior Development Squad.

The MRC, SRC and BC’s Talent Programme are launching a joint series of racing skills days and camps.   These will be inclusive, and are aimed at engaging a large number of juniors and coaches from the racing community.

Built on the back of the MRC’s  previous JDS events and the EDP days delivered by the Talent Programme, they will provide opportunities for juniors to develop their racing skills, and for club and BC coaches to share knowledge and learn from each other.

More details can be found in the attached poster, and further information will follow in the new year.

It is anticipated we will still have a named marathon Junior Development Squad in conjunction with the MRC National Training Squad, and details will follow in 2021.

Racing Skills Days Poster

MRC International Selection Committee

The MRC International Selection Committee sets the International Strategy on behalf of the MRC (although this is approved by the Committee as a whole), and meets to select GB and England representative teams.

The Selection Committee is comprised as follows:-

James Smythe (Chair), Bishops Stortford CC

Kat Wilson, Reading CC

David Enoch , Nottingham KC

Roland Lawler, Elmbridge CC

Dyson Pendle, Norwich CC

Independent, non-voting observers are involved in the setting of the Strategy and Selection meetings:-

Pete Wilkes, Fowey River CC

Gemma Wiggs, British Canoeing

ICF Athlete Questionnaire

British Canoeing have had a request from the ICF Athletes’ Committee (see below), which is being circulated to all national team athletes across all disciplines.  If you have/had aspirations to race internationally in marathon this year, please complete the form.

“The ICF Athletes Committee has prepared the attached questionnaire to be completed by as many athletes as possible.  Decisions are currently being made relating to the virus and the change in competitions schedules this year and it’s very important that we get the athletes opinion on the potential impact of these changes and also get their feelings relating to their current training environments due to the virus.  As a committee we get a chance to provide the athletes views to the board in the up coming board meeting where the decisions will be made so its really important for us to have their opinions and support”


ICF Athlete Committee Questionnaire

ICF Cancellations

The ICF have updated which events have been cancelled/postponed due to the coronavirus.  Sadly this includes the World Marathon Championships, which have been cancelled.

More information, and a link to all events that are affected can be found 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.