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.

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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