After a successful first year (thanks to all those who gave up their time to coach), the MRC will be running the JDS again in 2020. All those who were on last year’s squad should have received an email recently, with the link to re-join (if not, please check your spam boxes).
The qualification criteria remain the same – Boys U18 – Div 3, Boys U16 – Div 4, Girls U18 – Div 4 and Girls U16 – Div 5. For Canoeists, the divisions would be one lower for each category.
ALL members need to re-join for 2020 – the form is here.
For those who attended any of last year’s events, there is also a feedback form here.
Events planned for 2020 at this stage are:
- Saturday 21 March – Elmbridge – national training day
- Saturday and Sunday 18/19 April – 2 day residential camp, Longridge (limited numbers)
- Saturday 30 May – Pangbourne – national training day
Coaches – we are keen to have as many as possible involved, of all levels. This is partly to help run the events, but also to use them as an opportunity to learn together. To this end, we are planning to hold coaching discussion sessions over the lunch breaks this year.
The team for the 2019 European Championships has been decided by the MRC Selection Committee. Official announcement here:
GB Team European Championships 2019
We take part in sport for the personal challenge; with that come great highs and great lows. Tragically, last weekend the Devizes to Westminster race amplified that. Whilst the race, as ever, created heroes and heroines of all who took part; this year the very worst happened when a paddler lost their life in the last few miles.
Stan Missen, Chair of the MRC said “ Our paddling community is a small world, and this is a devastating loss. All our thoughts are with their family, friends and fellow paddlers.”
For clarification, C1 paddlers are also invited to join the JDS if/when they meet the qualifying standards. The eligibility criteria are one division below those required for K1, therefore for C1 paddlers that would be:
U18 boys – Div 4
U16 boys – Div 5
U18 girls – Div 5
U16 girls – Div 6
Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis)
Following the recent announcement of a paddler in the East Midland’s region being diagnosed with Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis) on Saturday 17th November, please click here for some helpful information.