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Junior Marathon Development Squad

The MRC is launching a Junior Marathon Development Squad from 2019 and the following information was sent out to clubs at the beginning of the month.  For those who may have missed it due to the Christmas chaos, below is an outline of the plans, together with the eligibility criteria and the link for registration.

We welcome comments and suggestions as this develops, so we can provide the juniors with a strong programme to complement the work already done within clubs, whilst also providing some additional opportunities to train with others of their own age group, and in different water conditions.

Aims of the Squad
• Recognition from the MRC of an athlete’s potential as a future senior international athlete
• To support cross links between clubs and paddlers, encouraging regional & age group training, information sharing and crew boat building.
• Inclusion to specific marathon training days to develop key racing skills
• The squad will be encouraged to attend identified Hasler races through the season, named by the Marathon Racing Committee Selection Committee.

For 2019 paddlers in the following categories are invited:

• U18 boys – Div 3+
• U16/U14 boys – Div 4+
• U18 girls – Div 4+
• U16/U14 girls – Div 5+

As paddlers’ years of birth are not on the ranking list, if you/your paddlers meet the criteria and would like to be included, please complete the link below.

The initial squad will be published in January, but will be added to throughout the year as more athletes reach the required level.

Marathon Junior Development Squad Training Days
These will be held quarterly around the regions.  Dates of the first ones will be published in January.
There will be a small cost of £10 to £20/day.
The main focus of these days will be marathon specific skills eg wash-hanging, moving around a group, portaging and dealing with moving water.
A number of clubs have already registered an interest in running a training day, and we would very much welcome others to do so if they believe they have the right facilities.

Marathon Junior Development Training Weekend 6th/7th April 
We are aware this will clash with a couple of Hasler races, so it may be possible for athletes to attend just one day, depending on numbers.

The weekend will focus on key marathon racing skills, boat skills and land based educational specialist sessions such as psychology, S&C and target setting, as required.

All athletes wishing to be considered must have attended one of the regional training days, and complete an availability form by 28 February 2019 (this will be on the MRC website).  Invitation will be made by the MRC, using supporting information from the regional training day organisers.

Full details of the weekend will be issued on the MRC website in January  including details on cost, venue, format and number of places available.

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.

World Marathon Championships – the senior races (long read)

The new timetable for the Marathon Worlds grouped all the senior races together on the weekend, after the completion of junior and U23 races. In Portugal, this created more of an opportunity to showcase the big K1 titles, especially local hero Jose Ramalho’s attempt to finally win a world title after years of dominating at European but not World level.

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