Marathon ACM and call for candidates

The MRC’s 2017 Annual Consultancy Meeting takes place on 29th July at the National Championships, in Pangbourne. There will be important items for discussion, including the MRC’s strategy for the next 4 years, and consultation on the merits of increasing to the racing levy to help achieve our plans. We would encourage as many clubs to attend and vote as possible – votes are on the basis one club, one vote, and proxies are not permitted so it’s important to attend and have your club’s opinion heard.

Papers on the above will be published a month in advance of the meeting.

Half of the current committee posts are also up for election, so if your club has a member who is interested in being on the MRC, please pass on the role description below. We are especially keen to increase the representation of women on the committee.

MRC committee position description

British Canoeing appoint new Chair and Independent Directors

The Board of British Canoeing has announced the appointments of Professor John Coyne as the new Chair for the organisation and Bronagh Kennedy as an Independent Director.

Interim Chair of British Canoeing David Belbin said:

“Following an open and transparent recruitment process in which we attracted a number of high calibre candidates I am extremely pleased that the Board has appointed Professor John Coyne and Bronagh Kennedy as Chair and Independent Directors.

“I am confident that both John and Bronagh will bring a high level of expertise and knowledge to our Board, alongside a passion for canoeing and an ambition to see the sport flourish.”

With a 40 year career in higher education Professor John Coyne was Vice Chancellor at the University of Derby for 11 years, before retiring in July 2015. His contribution to the sector was recognised in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List when he was awarded a CBE for services to higher education.

John is also well known in the business sector and was a founder director on the Board of D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and a commissioner of the UK Commission on Employment and Skills.

He is also currently a non-executive director of CFE Research and Consultancy Ltd and until the end of November 2016 the Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust.

Speaking of his appointment Professor John Coyne said

“Naturally I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chair of British Canoeing at an exciting time for the sport, as we embark on a new strategy that will be launched next year.

“I look forward to working with my fellow Board directors providing governance, leadership and guidance, alongside being proactive in supporting all members of the paddling community to grow and develop the sport on the back of a successful Rio 2016 Games.”

Bronagh Kennedy is a highly experienced Company Secretary and General Counsel who has worked for Severn Trent since June 2011. Previously Bronagh held a similar role at Mitchells & Butlers, where she worked for 15 years. Prior to that she was a Senior Associate at Allen & Overy.

With a demonstrable track record of success at a senior level with significant HR experience Bronagh will also be the Chair of British Canoeing’s new HR and Remunerations Committee.

Speaking of her appointment Bronagh Kennedy said:

“I am relishing the opportunity to join the Board at British Canoeing as a non-executive Independent Director and looking forward to applying my skills and knowledge gained in the world of business to support the development of the sport.”

Following the appointment process the British Canoeing Board will have 12 members – six elected directors from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, five independent directors, and the Chief Executive Officer David Joy.

Current Board members collectively have a broad range of professional experience including legal, IT, financial and HR knowledge as well as active involvement in canoeing within the federal representatives and independent board members.

Professor John Coyne and Bronagh Kennedy will join the Board from 1 November 2016.

A new strategic plan for British Canoeing

A chance to have your say

Final stage survey

We are now in the final stages of developing the strategy for canoeing for the next four years. The plan has been developed from extensive consultation over the past four months to which you contributed and have played an important role in helping to shape this final draft.
The plan sets out the direction for the whole sport for the next four years, to make the sport stronger in 2021 than it is right now – to build on our existing strengths and address the challenges and opportunities .

It presents our purpose, vision and ambitions; together with measures and actions. There are national actions for the UK areas of the sport as well as the English delivery work of British Canoeing, plus suggested regional actions and club/centre actions. The measures will have clear targets set in the final draft.

We do hope that you will take part in this final consultation. We recognise it is long – so please feel free to answer the sections that are most interest you.

Pre-Season Notice for Race Organisers and Team Leaders

Team leaders, race organisers and paddlers are reminded that:

  • Entries should be made using HRM using the most recent Ranking List where at all possible, as this will enable up to date rankings in most cases
  • The rankings on the official results, published on the MRC website, are the ones to take note of (all other results are provisional only)
  • D? notices on results need activation by team leaders via RMAs if they are appropriate, before they will be applied. They are NOT automatic.
  • Applications to adjust published rankings should be made by team leaders through RMAs with appropriate evidence
  • Race organisers – The completed HRM file with results should be forwarded to your Regional Marathon Advisor (RMA) by the Tuesday after your event with CC to the Ranking Officer, the Race Records Officer & Jo Bates
  • Also please note the addition to the recommended start order:

With the addition of Div 3 K2, an adjustment to Rule 4 is necessary as show below. A further review of the recommended start order is taking place and in some circumstances, organisers may have good reason to make adjustments to the order to avoid races interfering with each other. It is strongly recommended that sufficient time gap between starts is allowed, to minimise the effect.

Rule 4a)   The following is the recommended start order. Not all these classes will necessarily run at any one race.

Division 1 K2

Division 2 K2

Division 1 K1

Division 3 K2

Division 2 K1

Division 4 K2

Division 3 K1

Division 5 K2

Division 4 K1

Division 6 K2

Division 5 K1

Division 7 K2

Division 6 K1

Division 8 K2

Division 7 K1

Division 9 K2

Division 8 K1

Division 9 K1


Co-options to Marathon Racing Committee

Richard Ward (Exeter CC), Dan Seaford (Reading CC) and Jim Taylor-Ross (Exeter CC) have all been co-opted as volunteers to the Marathon Racing Committee for 2016-17.

They join Kat Wilson (Nottingham KC) who was newly elected to the MRC at the recent ACM.