Thameside 2 – arrangements for assessment race classes – CORRECTION

Crews wishing to have their Thameside 2 result considered as part of the assessment race programme should enter according to the race organisers’ instructions. i.e. any paddler of Div 3 or above will not be allowed to start in the slow start. “Racing up” is optional for paddlers ranked below Div 3.

For start timings please refer to the organisers’ website

Please note that if you wish to be considered for selection to a GB team, you must complete an availability form. The first deadline prior to selection of a team for the German National Champs is Sat 24th March. You do not need to have completed a form prior to the Thameside 2 race for this result to be considered.

England Racing Skills Day hosted at Worcester Canoe Club

Worcester Canoe Club in partnership with British Canoeing are delighted to be running a racing skills day on Saturday 17 March 2018 at Worcester Canoe Club.

(link to registration form)

This is the second of the Racing Skills Programme (RSP) days. The first Racing Skills day which took place at Reading Canoe Club last month was a great success with coaches, athletes and parents coming away from the day very positive. The whole idea of the RSP is to encourage those athletes who love to paddle whether it be in Sprint, Marathon, WWR, Paddle Ski etc and who would like to develop their skills in different environments whilst meeting different paddlers and coaches to learn from each other.

Racing skills looks to bring coaches, athletes and parents together to share knowledge and to allow those to be better informed to aid the growth of the young paddler in a fun and inventive way. This day will mostly be aimed at athletes aged 12-18 years old.

There is no one way to develop talent and with the knowledge within the room, there could be a coach who could help you with any thoughts or challenges you may have as a club coach.

The Theme of the day:

For Coaches and Athletes
Training zones – What are we trying to achieve by training at different training zones?

What would different sessions look like and how do you know if you are achieving the desired outcome for each of your sessions? This 2 hour workshop will give you an 18 month update to your CPD.


There will be a 45 min presentation once the athletes have started their 1st Session.

Please see here for information on the upcoming racing skills day and please click here for more details about the England Racing Skills Programme, to register an interest in this day please use the online registration form.

Any questions relating to the England Racing Skills Programme should be directed to Mark Hoile (Talent Pathway Manager – Canoe Sprint), or contact Daniel Thompson for any administrative questions you may have.

2018 international team availability form

Complete in the window below or at this link

You may complete multiple forms during the season as your availability becomes clear, but the LATEST form will alwaye be the one considered by the selectors.

Assessment race dates and venues can be found here

International Masters Racing – Overview

Masters Cups events are organised in conjunction with the World and European Championships every year. Entries are currently available to all racers over 35, making their own logistical and race entry arrangements.

Please refer to the website of each championship for details of the masters races, accommodation and accreditation. There may be space available on the GB trailer to such events, on a first come first served basis after the GB team’s boats have been catered for. If a masters boat is transported by the GB team trailer to an event in Europe, the owner will be asked for a £50 contribution to costs.

Final Call – Staff sought for Internationals

The MRC is seeking volunteer staff to support the GB team at its international races next year.

It’s a fun but tiring few days travelling with our best athletes, helping them achieve their best possible result. You will be an integral part of the team, helping in all sorts of ways like driving, general organising, drinks changes at portages, emotional support, and safeguarding. Teams are led by an experienced manager so new staff are well supported. All expenses are paid, and team kit provided.

Please click here if you are interested in being on the GB Team staff for any of the following events:-

German Nationals, Kassel. Travel overland and ferry, 10-15 May inclusive.

World Cup, Portugal. Travel by air with the team 24-28 May inclusive. Driving minibus and trailer 21-30 May inclusive.

European Championships, Metkovic, Croatia. Travel by air with the team 4-9 July inclusive. Driving minibus and trailer 29 June – 11 July inclusive.

World Championships, Vila Verde, Portugal. Travel by air with the team 5-10 Sept inclusive. Driving minibus and trailer 1-12 Sept inclusive.

French Nationals, near Bordeaux. Travel overland and ferry, 13-18 Sept inclusive.

All staff will need to get a portable DBS Certificate with British Canoeing (or have one already), and pass the online Paddlesafe course. Staff with driving licences, especially those that allow you to drive with a trailer, are particularly welcome! If you passed your test before 1st Jan 1997 you will probably have this right without the need for a separate test.

Assessment Races for 2018

The MRC Selection Committee has decided on the following Assessment Races for 2018. Venues could be subject to change after discussion with race organisers:

25 Feb Thameside 2, Reading (K2/C2)
25 March Elmbridge (K1/C1)
Following this race, selection of the GB team for the German National Championships

6 May Worcester (K1/C1)
Following this race, selection of the GB team for World Cup 1

20 May Nottingham (K2/C2)
10 June Maidstone (K2/C2)
Following this race, selection of the GB team for the European Championships, and International K4 Cup

21-22 July, National Championships, Reading (K1, K2, C1, C2)
Following this race, selection of the GB team for the World Championships, and (by 30th July) for the French National Championships.

International dates for 2018

The  MRC has decided  on the following International engagements for 2018:-

12-13 May, German National Championships, Kessel, Germany. A junior and first year senior development team of approximately 12 plus 4 staff.

25-27 May, World Cup 1, Viano do Castelo, Portugal. A senior and junior development team of approximately 12 plus 4 staff.

5-8 July, European Championships, Metkovic, Croatia. A first-choice senior and junior team of approximately 16 plus 4 staff

6-9 Sept, World Championships, Prado Vila Verde, Portugal. A first-choice senior and junior team of approximately 16 plus 4 staff

15-16 Sept, French National Championships, Bordeaux, France. An U16 junior team of approximately 12 plus 4 staff

If invited, the International K4 Cup in Spain, July (tbc). A first-choice senior team of 8 plus 1 staff