Self-Isolation and Assessment Races

The Selection Committee is aware of a number of athletes who will be unable to attend the National Championships and Assessment Races this weekend due to respecting COVID self-isolation.

These athletes are asked to inform the Selection Committee via James Smythe and to endeavour to attend the short-course assessment race at Gloucester on 25th July. This race will also be taken into account when selecting teams for the French Nationals, so even U14 and U16 athletes may enter this event and race in the junior class.

Finally, the Selection Policy allows the Selection Committee to take other results into account in their decisions, when mitigating circumstances such as this apply. We may look at other marathon or even sprint events if this allows a fairer decision to be made.

GB marathon team assessment programme

The MRC has finalised the assessment programme for 2021 as follows:-

Long course singles and doubles – National Championships (10-11 July, Reading). Selection for World Championships, and French National Championships

Short course singles (Gloucester, 25th July)

In light of the complexities of sending teams abroad this year, these will be the only assessment events of the year.

Our ambition is to send teams to all three of these events, with the Worlds in Romania being our absolute priority. Teams will be selected after the short-course race on 25th July, and paddlers seeking selection are encouraged to do all three races, as we will be taking all results into account. For example, doing the short course only may not be enough to gain selection for that race at the Worlds.

For the Nationals, please note:-

  • Paddlers should race in the class for which they are seeking selection. So for example, U23s should race that class to be considered for U23 classes at the Worlds.
  • U16 and U14 races will be assessment races for the French Nationals, which is an U16 team.

PARTICIPATION IN ANY OF THESE EVENTS WILL BE WITHDRAWN IF THE HOST COUNTRY IS ON THE AMBER LIST AT TIME OF TRAVEL, AS PER BRITISH CANOEING REQUIREMENTS.

International assessment programme for 2021

The MRC hopes to be able to announce plans for the resumption of racing soon, we are waiting on formal guidance from British Canoeing and ultimately Sport England and DCMS.

Nevertheless, the assessment events planned for 25th April (Norwich K1/C1) and 2nd May (short-course races at the South Cerney regatta) are both cancelled. The latter will be re-scheduled.