GB paddlers bring home two medals from top quality German Nationals

Report by Team Manager, Brian Greenham

Results here

The German National Championship is an open event and part of the ICF World Series, attracting many of Europe’s top marathon racers. A young GB team of U17s and U23s was selected from the assessment race at Reading, to ‘race up’ in the junior and senior classes and gain international experience.

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Junior Development Squad Skills Day

Around 70 young athletes from 24 clubs attended the first MRC Junior Development Squad event on Saturday.  This was a skills development day, focussed on group paddling and wash-hanging, kindly hosted by Elmbridge CC and led by BC President and multiple World Champion, Ivan Lawler.

The emphasis of the day was on having fun and enabling the paddlers to develop skills in a non-race environment, thus allowing them to take risks and not worry about making mistakes. There was a good mix of on- and off-water sessions, with the “classroom” time led by Ivan.  Complete with cardboard cut-out boats on a whiteboard, he demonstrated wash-hanging and group dynamics from the simplest two-boat scenario, up to the large groups encountered in international races.  The morning’s paddle was done in small groups, but the challenges were increased by the high winds and strong flow on the river.  Luckily the winds dropped for the afternoon session, when there were various drills and challenges, this time in bigger groups, such as having to find a place in a big group immediately from a start-line.

Paddlers and coaches came from clubs as far afield as Lincoln, Chester, Swansea and Cornwall.  In addition to developing the paddlers, it was a training day for coaches of all levels, providing an opportunity for them to work together and learn from each other.  The subsequent feedback on the day has been very positive, with all those involved taking back new skills and knowledge to their clubs.

There are now over 90 paddlers enrolled in the squad, which will continue to grow as more meet the qualifying criteria following promotions throughout the year.  This ensures that all the progressive juniors around the country are able to benefit.

Many thanks to Ivan and the team at Elmbridge for putting up with an extra 100 or more people taking over their clubhouse, and to the paddlers, parents and coaches who were all prepared to turn up on a very windy day.  We are now looking forward to the next MRC JDS event – the two-day training camp at Longridge in April.

MRC Junior Development Squad

 

The initial MRC Junior Development Squad list for 2019 has been announced.

JDS Squad 6.2.19

The first event for the squad and their coaches is this Saturday.  Hosted by Elmbridge CC and led by Ivan Lawler, the focus is on Group Racing Skills  and over 70 paddlers have booked to attend.

A reminder to those coming:

  • Please arrive in good time – the briefing is at 9.30, and you should be ready then.
  • Please bring a bungee if you have one.
  • Please encourage your coach to come too if possible.

There is no maximum number for the squad, and paddlers are encouraged to join throughout the year once they reach the required standards below:

Boys – U18 Div 3, U16/14 Div 4

Girls – U18 Div 4, U16/14 Div 5

The application form for the JDS:

https://gonepaddling.wufoo.co.uk/forms/s5xrpah0rbbz70/

 

 

 

Selection policy for 2019: guidance for athletes, coaches and parents

The MRC has conducted a review of its international strategy and selection policy, and made some changes with the aims of:-

  • making the selection processes and athlete “pathways” clearer; and
  • increasing the opportunities for top senior athletes to progress by competing abroad.

This document summarises the policy and changes for 2019. It is not the Selection Policy, and must be considered as GUIDANCE ONLY. The full policy is published on the MRC website here:  MRC Selection Policy 2019 final, and details the full process, team composition, selection criteria, eligibility and appeals process.

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Interested in being an International Technical Official for Marathon?

The ICF marathon committee trains technical officials (ITOs) for international marathon events. If you are interested in volunteering and getting trained as an ITO, please email James Smythe to discuss. The deadline for applying for 2019 events is 1st December 2018.

ITO duties can involve anything to do with the implementation of rules at World and European Championships and World Cups. This may be helping with marshalling, portages or judging. Accommodation expenses are paid by the ICF, and a contribution to costs paid by the MRC.