John Ball – BC Sprint loses a dear friend

We are saddened to share the news that John Ball has passed away.  For many years John provided IT, digital and infrastructure support to all of the National Sprint Regattas.

John was the oracle of all of the start, timing and photo finish systems at Holme Pierrepont and provided an invaluable service to the regatta committee. 

John first started working with British Canoeing whilst employed at the National Watersports Centre and latterly from his own business Hudson and Ball. 

Many members and paddlers will not know John but thousands of participants and spectators at national sprint regattas will have benefitted hugely from his calm and supportive approach to keeping all the systems running like clockwork. 

National sprint regattas at Nottingham won’t be the same without his ability to solve problems and his resourceful and capable presence to fix everything with a smile.

Cathy Wynne – Sprint Regatta Chief Official said:

“John was truly the ‘backroom hero’ who will be sorely missed by us all.  There have been times when without John solving a problem the regatta would not have been able to continue.  

“Many paddlers and clubs would not actually know just how much John Ball did for our Sprint Racing regattas, but for the regatta officials he was our ‘rock’ that provided steadfast support when all else was falling apart.

“He was a lovely guy and without his calm and reassuring presence the national regattas will never be the same.”

John’s brother, Chris, said:

“John was my younger brother – 44 years old. He loved the challenges and problem solving faced in the organising of sporting events, along with the thrill and appreciation of participants and spectators benefiting from the hard work that the events teams put into such events.

“Outside of the working environment, John enjoyed life with his loving partner of 20 years; Anna and their house of dogs and cats. 

“John’s main sporting passion was sailing – having sailed and raced with friends and family since a young lad; heading off on adventures sailing around the UK coast, and across to the continent. When racing John reversed roles and was the focussed competitor rather than a competition organiser.

I know John’s contribution to the sporting community is appreciated and will be sorely missed, as he will be by his family and friends.”

Our thoughts are with Anna, his partner, his brother Chris, his family and friends.

  Junior Development Squad Day

The next Junior Development Squad day is on Saturday 6th November 2021 at Holme Pierrepont, focusing on crew boat skills particularly K4 and C4. For more information and to sign up, please use the QR code on the poster. These days are for both athletes and coaches, and are being run jointly by the MRC, SRC and BC’s Talent Department. Sign up today!

  Sprint Racing Committee (SRC) Annual Consultative Meeting (ACM) 2021 papers

To: Club Secretary and/or Sprint Racing Team Leader

The Sprint Racing Section’s Annual Consultative Meeting is an online meeting on Wednesday 29th September to start at 20.00.

The Agenda, Minutes of the 2020 ACM, and attached reports for the meeting are available for download.

The Annual Consultative Meeting is open to all with an interest in Sprint Racing but only a ‘Voting Member’s Representative’ can take part in a vote at the meeting. However, there is a requirement to register an intention to vote with the SRC Secretary, Cathy Wynne, by 10.00pm on Sunday 26th September 2021. This is to allow time to check credentials and links to be emailed to them.

A list of Registered Sprint Clubs will be available shortly on the SRC website as part of the information for the meeting. As will the meeting zoom jointing invitation.

Voting will take place using two methods,

i) Zoom ‘raise hand’ function. The Zoom ‘raise hand’ function is a simple process, instructions and the opportunity to practise will be available prior to the start of the formal business.

ii) Online voting form. The voting forms will only be open for responses during the meeting. If you open the links prior to the meeting, there is an automatic response to explain when the link will be live. You will need to refresh the page once the vote goes live.

A Proxy vote for one other club can be held by a registered vote carrying person, in addition to their own club’s. This restriction is intended to promote attendance at the meeting itself. The current SRC Chair may hold as many proxy votes as are given to them, the proxy will either give the Chair the right to vote as he wishes OR instruct him how to vote.

The person who holds the vote for the ‘Voting member’ should identify themselves when signing-in using the chat feature before the start of the meeting.

Please forward this information to your club committee and sprint racing members.

Additional information and a link to register attendance can be found on the ACM page.

Kind regards,
Cathy Wynne
Secretary, British Canoeing Sprint Racing Committee

  Junior, U23, Senior, and Paracanoe atheletes representing GB at the World Championships events

The attached PDF file details the final list of acceptances for the Junior, U23, Senior, and Paracanoe athletes representing GB at the ICF Junior and U23 World Championships, from 3-6 September in Montemor, Portugal, and the ICF Para and Senior World Championships, from 15-19 September in Copenhagen, Denmark.
http://canoeracing.org.uk/sprint/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Paracanoe-Senior-U23-Junior-Worlds-Teams.pdf

  2021/22 TASS Application Window Opens

The England Talent Programme has been awarded 20 TASS places for 2021/22. This is a combined total for Olympic and paralympic disciplines across Slalom, Sprint and Paracanoe. 

Full inclusion detail is contained within the TASS nomination policy found here

Any athlete wishing to be considered for TASS for 2021/22 is invited to register their interest by completing the TASS application form found here by 23:59pm on Sunday 1st August. The TASS nomination policy and application form can also be found on the England Talent Programme website.

  Canoe Sprint International Panel Statement – Friday 2nd July 2021

The Canoe Sprint International Panel have today released the following statement ahead of the July regatta and selection event, set to be held at the National Water Sports Centre this weekend.

A mitigating circumstances request ahead of the July National Championships regatta has been received from the Deborah Kerr/Emma Russell crew in the K2W 500m Senior selection event.

The IP has reviewed this information and has accepted these mitigating circumstances in line with 7.3 of the selection policy.

It has been determined that a race-off will be arranged between the winners in the K2W 500m at this weekend’s senior World Championship selection event and Kerr/Russell to determine which K2W 500m crew will be selected to race at the 2021 World Championships.

The winners of the selection race will be consulted for the dates of the race-off and further information will be provided by the IP post selection.

For any further information or enquiries please contact Paul Dimmock, International Panel Chair at: enquiries.internationalpanel@britishcanoeing.org.uk

See https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2021/canoe-sprint-international-panel-statement-friday-2nd-july-2021

  Sprint Talent update

Richard Ramsdale, Head of Talent at British Canoeing, has issued an update to the work of the Sprint Talent programme. His introductory remarks are reproduced here.

“May was such a fantastic month, not only did we have events and races in Sprint and Slalom but we’ve also seen a great deal of success and achievement. Nottingham hosted the Sprint Crew Boat process, which saw nearly 50 athletes and coaches come together to develop their crew boat skills and trial different seat combinations ahead of the Sprint Junior and U23 GB Selection event in early July.

On the same weekend,on the other side of the regatta lake, the Slalom Junior and U23 GB Selection event was taking place. Congratulations to the 11 English Talent athletes that qualified to both teams and all those that qualified as a reserve. Success comes in many different ways and a huge congratulations is owed to all those who raced at the event, it was clear how much effort and investment has been committed over the last 14 months, in the most challenging of circumstances, well done to all!

It should be noted that neither event would not have been possible without the support of staff, coaches, parents, athletes and the wider community. It was great to see people back out on the water, in the sunshine, doing what they love! Long may it continue.”

The full update, including reports and advice on a variety of topics can be found HERE