Category Archives: Athletes

  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.

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

  Attention all student paddlers – we need your help!

British Canoeing is working with BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) to look at the possible introduction of a BUCS Flatwater Racing event. In order to develop our proposal we need your help.

If you are a student who is already at, or likely to start, college or university in the next 2 years then we’d love to hear from you.

Please take 15 minutes to complete this survey: BUCS Flatwater Racing Student Survey, sharing your views on taking part in a BUCS Flatwater Racing event.

You may be an existing sprint or marathon paddler, a paddler in another discipline who has taken part in BUCS Canoe Polo, Wild Water Racing or Slalom events or you might be a student paddler new to competition. We welcome all views.

Please forward the survey onto any friends who may also be interested in the event and sharing their thoughts with us.

If you have any questions please contact anna.gray@britishcanoeing.org.uk

Closing date: Wednesday 9th June 2021

Thanks for your time

  Selection policies released for 2021 junior, U23, senior and paracanoe international selection

The International panel has released a series of documents concerning selection policies for international sprint events in 2021. Copies of the documents are available on the links below:

    icon_pdf  International Panel statement 16 Dec 2020

    icon_pdf  Paracanoe 2021 Selection Policy

    icon_pdf  Junior & U23 2021 Selection Policy

    icon_pdf  Senior 2021 Selection Policy

An important new requirement to note is that all Paracanoe and Senior competitors who wish to be considered for selection to the relevant sprint teams in 2021 must register their interest by 28th February 2021. A link to the online registration form is available HERE

  ICF announces exciting series of webinars

The International Canoe Federation will host a series of free online webinars showcasing the latest developments in coaching and athlete preparation.

Each ICF Performance Education webinar will be hosted by a world-leading expert in their field, and will include topics looking at how to manage an athlete from their first stroke through to the elite level, energy expenditure and fatigue, and high altitude training.

The six free online courses will be open to all participants, but pre-event registration will be required. The first course has been set down for August 19, and will examine the differences between training methods for men and women.

Participants will be able to ask questions during the webinars. Videos of the sessions will be posted online at the end of each webinar for those who are unable to participate in the live session.

“The ICF performance education webinars are a free online series aimed at coaches, athletes and administrators who wish to expand their knowledge on specific topics to improve their own performance or that of their athletes,” ICF sport development manager, Sebastian Cuattrin, said.

“We are very fortunate to have access to some of the leading experts for each webinar, so we are very confident all participants will benefit from these sessions. People will leave these sessions with new ideas and the latest cutting-edge information in their fields.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is presenting many challenges around the world, but by harnessing the latest technology and accessing our deep pool of experts, we can continue to ensure canoeing will go from strength to strength.”

The full schedule of webinars is as follows;

August 19: Difference between women’s and men’s training methods
August 26: Athlete’s career: From the first stroke to ultimate paddler
September 2: Considerations for the female athlete
September 9: Energy expenditure and fatigue
September 16: Choosing a paddle for young kayak athletes
October 14: High altitude training

Full details of the webinars and registration information can be found here.

  Women’s England Development Programme

The England Canoe Sprint Talent Programme are pleased to announce details of their upcoming Women’s England Development Programme (WEDP) training event.

Dates
15th December 2019 at the Dorney Lake, Eton College Rowing Centre, off Court Lane, Dorney, Windsor, Berks, SL4 6QP

Content
Understanding females in sport; the demands, the successes and the barriers.
There will be On-Water activity and a workshop taking place in the morning. In the afternoon the intent is to observe Reading Football Club’s women’s first team in their match against Tottenham Hotspurs. Along with this we are hoping for the opportunity to spend time with the players to ask questions and learn from their experience of being females in elite sport.

Programme Purpose
The purpose of Women’s England Development Programme (WEDP) is to help female athletes learn what it takes to be an elite female in sport, build a community of like-minded people and increase female-specific knowledge of what they need to thrive and excel in our sport.

It is the hope of the talent pathway that this can be used as an educational starting block within a young female’s journey in sport.

A key component of this programme is around learning and equipping athletes with a toolbox of thoughts, capacities and expectations to allow them to continue their hard work at their club with specific focus for them as individuals.

The eligibility criteria for the training event is as follows:


  • be a member of British Canoeing

  • Be an under-16 athlete (with discretion in exceptional cases to include under-17s)

AND


  • have been born in England or

  • have a parent who was born in England or

  • have been a resident in England for over three years by 30th September 2019

How to sign up
Athletes are invited to register for the December Women’s Development Programme (WEDP) day by using the link HERE before 9th December 2019.

  Sprint Competition Review – Community Consultation

A Working Group (WG) was appointed by the Sprint Racing Committee (SRC) in October 2018 to review the UK sprint canoe/kayak competition structure and make recommendations to improve that structure

The SRC would now like to share the group’s report and ask for views from the racing community. The consultation report has been prepared by the WG and is the culmination of a process that has involved;

  • Engagement with the UK paddling community, through a questionnaire administered in March 2018.
  • A comprehensive review of regatta participation data for the period 2011-2017.
  • Discussions with senior leadership of the Australian, Danish and Canadian canoe federations.
  • Insight and experience of individual group members who are active in the sport.

The full report and a full summary of all data analysed can be found here.

The report represents the final stage of the WG’s activity. It is the first stage towards a further process that will see the implementation of changes to improve domestic racing competition and participation levels in the sport.

This is the start of a consultation period with sprint paddlers and clubs.

The aim of this consultation is to encourage discussion around the report’s findings and recommendations.  The report does not aim to provide answers to every challenge and opportunity in the sport and indeed there will be varying views on what is presented. You may not agree with the recommendations, however it is important to bear in mind that whilst the existing structure has some strengths there are also significant weaknesses which means the status quo is not recommended.

We wish to encourage constructive feedback and therefore suggest you read the full report prior to sharing your views via the survey. You may like to take the time to discuss the recommendations at your club prior to responding. There is the option to submit your views as either an individual or on behalf of your club.

The WG haven’t addressed implementation of the recommendations within this report so we would encourage you to think around possible solutions as part of your response.

Thank you for your time and input.

Click here to share your views.

The report and summary data can be found here.

The closing date for responses is Sunday 1st December 2019

If you have any questions please email sprint.competitionreview@britishcanoeing.org.uk

  England Development Programme

The England Canoe Sprint Talent Programme are pleased to announce details of their upcoming England Development Programme (EDP) training events.

Dates
The upcoming winter dates are as follows:
2nd and 3rd November 2019 at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham, NG12 2LU
8th and 9th February 2020 club venue to be confirmed.

Please note: No accommodation will be provided for athletes or coaches at this event.

Content
Each camp’s provision will be themed around the 4-phase race model (see below) and sessions will be structured as stage and age approriate for U14-U16 athletes for the relevant point in the season.

1 – Start technique
2 – Translation into Race Pace
3 – Race Pace
4 – Race Pace endurance

Camp provision will be structured to ensure that learning and development occurs between events. As such, it is highly encouraged that athletes should attend these events with their club coach as this will support the intended learning outcomes of these weekends and each EDP core event will include coach development opportunities. The Talent Coach Developer will be present at these training weekends to provide support to club coaches.

Programme Purpose
The EDP is a new addition to the pathway for 2019/20. The intent with this programme is to help identify and support emerging club-based athletes who are primarily under 16 and who may be challenging for the GB Junior team in the next 2-3 years, as well as supporint these athletes’ coaches within the clubs. The full Eligibility Policy is available HERE.

To be added tp the EDP camp mailing list in order to receive information when these training events are open to register please complete the form HERE.

How to sign up
Athletes and coaches are invited to register for the November Development weekend using the link HERE before 25th October 2019.

  Statement regarding the election of the Chair of the Sprint Racing Committee

I write this as a personal statement as the current Chair of the Sprint Racing Committee to try and answer some of the questions around the process for electing the Chair and the proxy voting at the upcoming ACM.

The process of appointing the Chair of SRC

I understand that there is a concern about the advertisement that appeared at the beginning of the year to seek a new Chair for SRC and that this was not in line with the Terms of Reference in the handbook.

I had announced my intention to step down at the ACM in 2018 and despite lots of discussions to seek out a potential new Chair there were no candidates stepping forward to stand as Chair. The advertisement was intended to encourage people to step forward and had some limited success with one or two people making contact. This was never intended to change the fact that the ACM would elect the Chair, but was designed to try to find a candidate that wanted the role, had the skills to do the role and who may be suitable to the ACM.

The advert made it quite clear that the process of election and appointment rested with the ACM and that candidates could come through the normal channels. See extracts from the advert below.

‘The post of Chair of the SRC is one that is elected by the registered Sprint Racing Clubs at the ACM in line with the terms of reference’

‘The preferred person will then be nominated to the Annual Consultative Meeting of the clubs on 19th October 2019 for them to vote their approval. In the event of more than one nomination, the normal voting system will take place’

In the end this advert did not produce a candidate for these elections. The two candidates standing, Roland Lawler and myself both came through the normal process of being nominated by 2 members as per the Terms of Reference.

Proxy Voting

I understand there are a few concerns around proxy voting. Prior to this year to cast a vote, a member of a registered Sprint Club had to be present at the meeting.

This is the first year that proxy voting has been introduced. Proxy voting means that clubs can vote without having to attend the meeting, by sending their vote with someone else. It is designed and has been introduced to increase democracy not the opposite. The new terms of Reference [as in the handbook] allow for proxy votes and I would refer you to the 2019 handbook page A7 items 8.8 to 8.14. As per the Terms of Reference, the detail of the proxy voting system is at the discretion of the SRC and I am sure the SRC will be very happy to consider comments about how this could be improved for next year.

The Terms of Reference allow for a club attending the ACM to hold two (2) proxy votes. The guidance issued was incorrect when it stated a club could hold 1 proxy vote and this will now been adjusted to allow clubs to carry 2 proxy votes in addition to their own in line with Terms of Reference. The limitation was designed to encourage clubs to actually attend the meeting and so take part in the whole Annual Meeting process.

There is a concern that the proxy voting form does not provide for the facility for the club using the proxy to cast its vote in advance. It had been envisaged that this would have been done in conversation between the two clubs, so that the person holding the proxy would know how to cast the vote.

Proxy votes still need to be registered in advance by the deadline of Wednesday of this week.

I hope this helps to clarify the situation re the election of the Chair and the proxy voting

Your sincerely

Alan Laws
Chair SRC