Category Archives: International

  International Team Travel and Anti-Doping Rules

The BC Board has approved new Covid-aware protocols for International Team Travel. See the two links below for details.

   Covid Policy Position for International Events (Download)

   Covid-19 Travel decision-making process (Download)

On 1 January 2021 a new version of the World Anti-Doping Code will come into effect. The Code is an essential document which harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations around the globe and impacts all athletes, coaches and sports organisations. As a result UK Anti-Doping, the ICF and British Canoeing have al updated their ant-doping rules to align with the new code. The links below will display some useful documents based on the new Code.

    icon_pdf  2021 Code: Summary of Major Changes

    icon_pdf  Anti-Doping Rule Violations Explained

    icon_pdf  BC Anti-Doping Rules from 1 January 2021

  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

  SRC responds to ICF proposal for changes to the 2024 Paris Olympic programme

Following the ICF proposal on 25th November for changes to the 2024 Paris Olympic programme which would re-allocate two of the Olympic medals from sprint racing to extreme slalom, the SRC has issued a response giving the committee’s views on the proposed changes. The full text of the response is available on the link below.

    icon_pdf  SRC response to ICF proposal for 2024 Paris Olympics events

  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.

  Sprint and Paracanoe Selection events cancelled

On Wednesday, 18 March British Canoeing announced the cancellation of the Sprint and Paracanoe Section events:

In order to protect the health and well-being of everyone involved in our events, British Canoeing has today confirmed the cancellation of the sprint selection event planned for 28/29 March and the Paracanoe selection event planned for the 25/26 April 2020.

It has been agreed that subject to any further external influences beyond our control, the British Canoeing Olympic and Paralympic selection events will take place on either 4 or 5 June. Further details will be released as soon as they are available.

The ICF has today released news of the cancellation of the European Olympic Qualification event in Racice. It has also confirmed the postponement of the sprint and paracanoe world qualification event due to be held in Duisburg on 21-24 May, with the possibility that this may be staged at the end of June. The full ICF release can be found HERE

  Stronger Together 2021-2025 High Performance Strategy Consultation – opportunity to have your say

A letter from Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director, British Canoeing:

Stronger Together 2021-2025
During the next 10 months we will be consulting on and finalising the new strategy for British Canoeing for 2021-2025. Stronger Together 2021-2025 will set out the vision and plans for the entire work of British Canoeing for the next 4 years.

New Talent and Podium Strategy for Sprint, Slalom and Paracanoe 2021-2025
Running parallel with this we also need to develop our new strategy (2021-25) for the development of talent and podium success in our Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. This process needs to align with the timescales of the funding submissions to Sport England and UK Sport, as most of this work is funded by these two organisations.

As part of developing this strategy, we would like to hear your views on our current thinking for the Vision, Missions, Ambitions and Key Drivers for the British Canoeing Olympic and Paralympic Performance Strategy.

The Situational Analysis of Sprint
You may be aware that we currently have an analysis underway (to be completed by March 2020) around the future potential of our sprint system to be even more successful internationally. The findings of this situational analysis of sprint will feed into this strategy process later in the year.

A change in emphasis
This Strategy will take a longer term view than the previous 4 year plans and will set out a Vision for 2032 and milestones for 2024 and 2028.
The strategy will be shaped to include the work at club level as well as within teams and squads and the lottery-funded programmes. It will present a framework for a joined up system rather than simply a focus on just the lottery-funded Podium and Podium Potential programmes.
As we develop this strategy, we would like to hear your views and receive your comments on the first draft Vision, Missions, Ambitions and Key Drivers.
We will evaluate and consider all of the feedback, and plan to consult further as the broader talent and performance strategies emerge.
We would be grateful if you could complete this survey by midday on Friday 21 February.
We would love to share this as widely as possible so please don’t hesitate to send this to anyone you feel might want to contribute. Thank you i advance for taking the time to comment.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Ratcliffe
Performance Director