Two GB golds in Belgrade

Congratulations to Rebi Simon and Ieuan James at the 2017 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Rebi, on Saturday, struck gold in the U23 Women K1 1000m to produce the first medal for GB and Ieuan, on Sunday, made it a double by winning the Junior Boys K1 200m sprint canoe event.

Not forgetting the outstanding performances from the whole team, you will find the full results for Saturday at the bottom of Rebi’s article and for Sunday at the bottom of Ieuan’s article:

  Future canoeing stars selected for Győr 2017

The British Olympic Association has announced the six, 14-17 year old, canoe sprint athletes selected to represent Team GB at the Győr 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival. The festival will see around 3,000 athletes from 50 European nations come together to compete across 10 Olympic sports from 23rd-29th July 2017.

Congratulations to Alex Greaves (15), Ed Nightingale (15), Thomas Lambert (15), Alix Aitchison (16), Enya Dale (16) and Zoe Clark (16).

There are two published articles available to read:

  Annual Consultative Meeting – call for nominations and agenda topics

Annual Consultative Meeting – Saturday 2nd September 2017 – National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

The Sprint Racing Section’s Annual Consultative Meeting will be 75 minutes after the last race of the National and Open Paracanoe, Senior and Junior Championships Regatta on Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Each year, the Chairman of the Sprint Racing Committee (SRC) is elected for one year and committee members are elected for a period of 2 years by the representatives from sprint clubs.

Anyone interested in standing for election to the SRC, or as Chairman, needs to send a nomination supported by the signatures of two full individual British Canoeing members, to reach the SRC Secretary no later than the 1st August 2017.

Likewise, any issues for discussion at the ACM need to be submitted in writing, supported by the signatures of two full individual British Canoeing members, again to reach the SRC Secretary no later than 1st August 2017.

If you are interested in joining the SRC, you are welcome to have a chat with Cathy Wynne, Secretary, or Alan Laws, Chairman, at the regatta next week. Ask for them at the Regatta Secretary’s Desk.

Mrs Cathy Wynne
Secretary, BC Sprint Racing Committee
40 Bramble Close, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9HQ

  June 2017 MacGregor Paddle Inter-club Challenge – Official Results

Final checks and consultation with team leaders has concluded, so here are the official results of the MacGregor Paddle Inter-Club Challenge. The full download is available below and from the Current Year page.

Another year where it was very close at the top! Congratulations to Richmond.

1 RIC Richmond Canoe Club 418
=2 NOR Norwich Canoe Club 416
=2 CLM Chelmsford Canoe Club 416
4 WEY Wey Kayak Club 402
5 NOT Nottingham Kayak Club 394
6 RDG Reading Canoe Club 389
7 ROY Royal Canoe Club 385
8 FOX Falcon (Oxford) 334
9 RLS Royal Leamington Spa 298
10 ELM Elmbridge Canoe Club 267

icon_pdf  MacGregor paddle Inter-club Challenge – Full Official Results

  British Canoeing has announced the launch of Go Canoe!

A message from Robert Knott, Head of Marketing and Communications, British Canoeing

British Canoeing has announced the launch of Go Canoe! – a brand new series of eight programmes featuring canoeing that will be broadcast on Sky SPORTS throughout this summer.

The programmes will focus on the British athletes as they compete in the International Canoe Federation Slalom and Sprint World Cup events. The series will also include tutorials, introducing the various disciplines within the sport, together with magazine features about clubs, trails, adventures and athletes.

Go Canoe! is being produced by Hit the Roof, with magazine contributions produced by MediaPack.

David Joy, chief executive of British Canoeing said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to work with Sky Sports to create this series of programmes. Go Canoe! will really showcase the excitement and breadth of Canoeing to a wide audience and is another step forward in the delivery of our new strategy Stronger Together.”

Hannah Brown, a two time World Champion in wild water racing, will feature in one of the episodes of Go Canoe! and is delighted that the sport will be aired on the Sky Sports channels:

“It is fantastic news that canoeing, including my discipline of wild water racing, will receive some brilliant exposure on Sky Sports. It really shows that there is an interest and a demand for canoeing on a national scale. It has been great to be involved in the series and have the opportunity to showcase wild water racing to the wider public who may not have seen or heard much about the sport before. I can’t wait for people to see how exciting and diverse the sport is. Such coverage is vital to the sport and hopefully will encourage more people to give it a go.”

The first Go Canoe! show will be broadcast on Sky SPORTS on Monday 24th July 2017. The full schedule is as follows:

Programme 1 24 July 2017 21:00
Programme 2 31 July 2017 22:30
Programme 3 7 August 2017 22:00
Programme 4 14 August 2017 22:00
Programme 5 21 August 2017 21:00
Programme 6 28 August 2017 21:00
Programme 7 4 September 2017 21:00
Programme 8 11 September 2017 21:00

  Your opportunity to influence the membership review


A message from Robert Knott, Head of Marketing and Communications, British Canoeing
British Canoeing is going on the road this summer to present an update on the recent membership review and to discuss the proposals around changes to the membership programme.

As part of the new four-year strategic plan for the sport, 'Stronger Together, attracting new members to British Canoeing and improving member engagement and satisfaction is one of our key ambitions.

British Canoeing has been working with the sports agency Two Circles to deliver the membership review and support the organisation’s ambition to grow membership from 33,000 to 75,000 by 2021. The review also aims to improve membership satisfaction and retention levels.

Ahead of the roadshow, British Canoeing and Two Circles have provided headline information for members on the findings of the review, including:

  • Current membership demography – who is currently a member
  • Why do people have membership – including quotes from members
  • Feedback from research – membership survey and focus groups
  • Membership proposals – what would we like to do

The roadshow events will run through these areas in more detail and will provide an opportunity for members to ask questions about the proposals and provide feedback.

To view the membership review slides and sign up for one of the roadshow events please visit 'Your opportunity to influence the membership review at the British Canoeing Summer Roadshow on the British Canoeing website.

Thank you

Robert Knott
Head of Marketing and Communications

  June 2017 – updated provisional MacGregor Points top ten

We are part-way through checking the validity of the points awarded for the Inter-Club MacGregor Paddle Competition.

During the regatta we were aware there were issues with some races that might affect the point scores due to the way the new regatta management system feeds into the system at Nottingham. Some mixed crews and some club codes were missed. This could only be addressed once the regatta had completed and this has been worked on over the past few days.

We are now at the stage where Team Leaders have the opportunity to check the points awarded to their club, including related penalties and promotions, and confirm or question. Accordingly, a revised draft summary has been sent to Team Leaders and, as a teaser for you, as we stand at the moment, the revised provisional top ten scoring clubs are below.

It’s looking very close at the top!

Pos Club Points
1 Richmond 418
=2 Chelmsford 416
=2 Norwich 416
4 Wey 402
5 Nottingham 394
6 Reading 389
7 Royal 385
8 Falcon (Oxford) 334
9 Royal Leamington Spa 298
10 Elmbridge 267