National Association Junior Crewboat Training Opportunities

The National Associations are offering the opportunity for athletes interested in trying crew boat combinations, bringing together high performing junior paddlers to match up into K4s and explore potential crew combinations for the June and July regatta. Any athletes who have already chosen crew combinations for the forthcoming regattas are also welcome to attend as a regatta lake based training day.

Any athlete that has achieved the results within the following races at the 2022 April Regatta are invited to attend:

U18

  • U18 Boys K1 1000m Final A
  • U18 Girls K1 1000m Final A
  • U18 Boys K1 500m Final A or B
  • U18 Girls K1 500m Final A or B
  • U18 Boys K1 200m Final A
  • U18 Girls K1 200m Final A

U16

  • U16 Boys K1 500m Final A
  • U16 Girls K1 500m Final A

The training will take place at Dorney Lake, Eton College Dorney Lake, off Court Lane, Lake End Road, Dorney, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6FJ on May 30th, 31st and June 1st 2022. 

Further details about these training days will be confirmed shortly, if you are interested in attending please can you complete the expression of interest form below by 17:00pm on Friday 20th May 2022.

  Expression of Interest form

  A tribute to James Smythe

Many of you will have known James Smythe, one of the stalwarts of canoe racing. James was the secretary of the Marathon Racing Committee and he died, too early, three weeks ago from cancer. Here is a tribute to James, copied from the Marathon Racing Committee website and, lower down, another tribute on the Bishops Stortford Canoe Club website.

Copied from the Marathon Racing Committee website:

This week the marathon racing community said farewell to James Smythe.  On Saturday we held the first British National Short-Course Championships.  This event was James’s brainchild, and he put all the initial planning into place last year, continuing to work on it for as long as he was able, before handing over the responsibility to Evan Shephard and the rest of the Marathon Racing Committee.  Thanks to James, and all those who took part, this was a spectacular event, with the best of British marathon racing on show – along with the best in the world, as James had also arranged for the current World Champion, Jose Ramalho, to come over from Portugal.  With un-forecasted wall-to-wall sunshine, James’s presence was felt throughout the day, and particularly so when his wife Katie and son Ollie came for the afternoon and presented the new trophies – in James’s name – to the first National Champions.

On Tuesday, many of us were together again at James’s funeral.  As people walked in to the chapel, someone was overheard to say “I never knew he was such a figurehead in his sport”, and that’s exactly what he was.

As well as being a high-class paddler, James was also instrumental in helping shape and develop the sport, particularly through the MRC.  Having first joined it in 2006, James took on many roles during his MRC years.  An innovative and progressive thinker, he constantly pushed for the organisation to keep moving forward, but always with the athletes and the sport at the forefront.

He supported paddlers of all levels and all ages and was a vociferous advocate for athlete development – both juniors and seniors.  He worked hard to ensure the sport kept developing to be more inclusive, whilst never detracting from the competitive level.  This included the para class at the Short Course Championships, and initiatives to improve the sport for women and girls.  He recognised the part played by masters paddlers and helped and supported the development of their GB team.

As chair of the selectors James navigated the, often difficult, selection process with a calm charm, and that ever-present smile.  He was instrumental in moving the selection policy forward and improving trust between selectors and athletes, whilst always keeping the balance between athlete development and fair selections in mind. He changed the format of the selection events and developed the shape of the committee to bring in both athlete and independent representatives.  As team manager, no one was more supportive or fun to be with, in often tense and heart-breaking situations.  He could always put disappointment back into perspective and ensure, above all, racing for your country at any level was both an honour and fun.

Behind the scenes (and as one of the younger and more technically experienced MRC members) he helped modernise the MRC’s procedures and operating systems, pushing forward technological and digital developments, including involvement in the HRM system and the MRC website.  As Secretary he ensured the MRC is one of the most efficiently and correctly run of British Canoeing’s disciplines.  For those of us left behind, both on the MRC and in the sport, we have a very hard act to live up to, but we will endeavour to continue his work and maintain his high standards.  But our loss is nothing compared to that of Katie, Ollie and the rest of his family.

… and on the Bishops Stortford Canoe Club website:

  James Smythe

  British Canoeing Launch Sprint Performance Academy

The development of the Sprint Performance Academy is a key action within the Sprint Performance Strategy, primarily for athletes in the U23 age-group, helping them to gain the skills and knowledge to progress and transition onto the World Class Programme.

icon_pdf  Sprint Performance Academy report

If you are interested, you need to complete the Expression of Interest form: Sprint Performance Academy Expression of Interest form.

More information on the British Canoeing website: Sprint Performance Academy announcement.

  Junior International Coaching Expression of Interest

With the 2022 International season fast approaching. The Home Nations team are hoping to work in collaboration with club coaches to create a strong Junior coaching support team to attend the 4 Key Junior international events this season. We are looking to gain clarity on coaching availability to create a strong staffing pool, enabling us to involve coaches able to create the optimal environment for the team.
Sign up for closes at 23:59pm 12th April following the team announcement.

Click on the image or here to access the Expression of Interest Form

(Click here to download the flyer)

  British Canoeing 2022 Canoe Sprint Junior, U23 and Senior selection polices

The International Panel is pleased to release the British Canoeing 2022 Canoe Sprint Junior, U23 and Senior selection policies.

Canoe Sprint Junior Selection Policy

Canoe Sprint U23 Selection Policy

Canoe Sprint Senior Selection Policy

All athletes wishing to be considered for Senior & U23 Team selection during 2022 should complete the online registration document by 16th March 2022 here or link: https://britishcanoeing.formstack.com/forms/pre_registration_form

The International Panel wish to thank all those involved in the development of the policies and in particular those who contributed their thoughts through the consultation process and wish everyone a successful 2022 season.

  U23 K4 Crew Boat Training Day – 5th March – HPP Nottingham

The Sprint Academy Coaching team will be running a planned training day for eligible U23 athletes to provide technical and crew boat development opportunities in support of their preparations ahead of the 2022 competitive season.

Further details and eligibility can be found HERE.

To express interest in being included within the March day please complete the application form HERE by Monday 21st February 2022. 

  British Canoeing launches new performance strategy for canoe sprint

British Canoeing has published the new Canoe Sprint Performance Strategy, which sets out
the vision and ambitions for the sport over the next six years

British Canoeing and the sprint racing community have come together to determine the
changes needed, in order to build a system which will deliver greater and more consistent
success.

The publication of the new strategy is the culmination of this work delivered, through the
formation of the Sprint Performance Strategy Group, the creation of task & finish and focus
groups involving a range of stakeholders and two consultations with the racing community.

The long-term strategy sets out the vision and ambitions for canoe sprint for the next six
years to 2028, through 10 key performance indicators, the philosophies and values that will
underpin the strategy and the coordination that will be required for delivery across the UK.

The strategy also contains the following six key action plans for the next four years to 2025:
• Providing the best possible athlete experiences
• Developing a broader base of talent
• Developing a community of engaged coaches
• Providing competitions which increase participation and develop talent
• Improving the use of insight and the sharing of knowledge
• Building a strong sense of community and inclusion

The Canoe Sprint Performance Strategy 2022-2028 is available in PDF format here.