Category Archives: Miscellaneous

  Pub Quiz 2!

The Regatta Committee invite you to a Zoom Virtual Pub Quiz on Sunday 24th May at 7:30pm. The quiz is expected to last approximately one hour.

Use the link below to join the Zoom meeting for the quiz. The Meeting ID is 856 1639 0737. Contact a member of the Regatta Committee if you do not already have the meeting password.

Quiz Zoom Link

If required, you can also dial in to the Zoom meeting system on the following numbers:

   +44 203 481 5240   +44 131 460 1196   +44 203 051 2874   +44 203 481 5237

  George Oliver 1948 – 2020

It is with great sadness that we bring you the news of the death of George Oliver, long term member of Nottingham Kayak Club and friend to paddlers all over the country and abroad.

He came to Nottingham as a cabinet maker at Stag in 1970, joining the club in the autumn of that year. He was already a paddler, having sea canoed in the North East. On joining the club he took particular interest in Long Distance Racing, now known as Marathon. However, his interest in other branches of the sport remained and he brought his skill in boat building to designs in sea boats, canoes, racing kayaks, polo and slalom boats. Up until his death in February this year he was still working on new designs for both outriggers and marathon canoes.

Without George, Nottingham Kayak Club would not be the club it is today. With his help we were able to develop a fleet of racing kayaks and canoes, general purpose and canoe polo boats. Club membership also benefitted from George’s guidance in making their own boats. Income generated by the club under his guidance allowed developments way beyond anything the existing members could have managed, including replacing old wooden outdoor boat-racks and a crumbling wooden shed with our current building.

George worked at a number of jobs including a laminator for a local plastics company, building much bigger boats than canoes. Meanwhile, he continued to develop his coaching skills and paddling prowess including winning Liffey Descent in K2, DW Canadian Trophy and DW Mixed K2 & Home Built Boat. He also went to Eaton Hall College, Retford and qualified as a teacher, although young people in canoeing benefitted from that move more than those in classrooms or workshops.

In 1980 George took on the role of Administrator to Canoe 81 Nottingham, the Sprint World Championships. After this very successsful event had taken place, he took the job of Canoe Coaching and Development Officer for Nottinghamshire County Council, giving support and help to schools and clubs all over the county. He kept this role until the funding for Leisure Services dwindled and ceased when he retired. He had also travelled abroad with the national sprint and marathon teams, and it was in 1982 at the sprint World Championships in Belgrade that he met his wife, Radmila.

Throughout his involvement in other areas of paddlesport, George continued to support NKC generating funding in the club workshop and producing entry level racing boats. Few paddlers at events like DW or Watersides can have failed to spot the multitude of boats he made. All have his trademark rib along the centre of both front and back deck. The “stable K2” started life as a slightly longer version specifically for DW, but could not be used in other events, so the standard K2 length version emerged soon afterwards, remaining popular to this day among paddlers wanting a stable K2. Trimmers also remain popular as a stable K1. In recent yearshis main developments have been canoes or outriggers. Most outrigger paddlers in this country using his 01 boats know little of his legacy to the rest of the paddling world.

Many paddlers in the UK have a great deal to thank him for, often unaware of his support for paddling in disciplines other than their own. Sea canoeists, slalom paddlers, sprint, marathon, freestyle, polo – the list goes on, but George made contributions to the development of most disciplines. It didn’t matter if you had known him for 5 days or 50 years, George offered his skills, guidance and friendship in his own quiet, unassuming way.

Although dogged by health issues over the past few years he remained an active paddler at NKC and continued to do some of those “hidden” jobs that make up a club’s existence. The weekly “Clifton Race” in its current form is mainly a legacy of his, and he contributed to timing it until the week he went into hospital.

Over the years he collected many awards: Nottingham City Citizen of the Month; Bravery (for rescuing people from the Trent); Volunteer Awards; Lifetime Achievement Awards, but more important than those, without his guidance, support and friendship. many developments in our sport would not have taken place when and how they did. More importantly, as tributes to him attest, many of our lives would have been completely different. We owe George a great deal.

Nottingham Kayak Club, February 2020

  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

  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

 

  Sprint Competition review – Paddler Survey Live!

The Sprint Competition Review Working Group is conducting a range of consultation activities to help us understand the views of the racing community. This is your opportunity to engage in the review and to ensure that your voice is heard.

The questionnaire provides paddlers and parents of paddlers with a valuable opportunity to provide feedback into their experiences competing in sprint racing regattas.

We would encourage you to participate in this survey if you are:

  • an adult who participates in sprint and/or marathon racing

  • the parent of a child who participates in sprint and/or marathon racing

  • a junior paddler (age 12 and over) who participates in sprint and/or marathon racing

  • an adult or junior K1 or C1 paddler (age 12 and over) who does not currently participate in racing
  • The questionnaire is online, simple to complete and can be accessed HERE

    Closing date for responses is Wednesday 1st May

    If you have any questions about the review or the questionnaire then please email sprint.competitionreview@britishcanoeing.org.uk

      Strength & Conditioning Racing Skills Day hosted at HPP

    British Canoeing are delighted to be running a Racing Skills Day on Saturday 27 October 2018 at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham covering the theme of Strength & Conditioning for athletes. This day is all land and gym based so no boats are required)

    This is the fourth of the Racing Skills Programme (RSP) days. The whole idea of the RSP is to encourage those athletes who love to paddle whether it be in Sprint, Marathon, WWR, Paddle Ski etc and who would like to develop their skills in different environments whilst meeting different paddlers and coaches to learn from each other.

    Racing skills looks to bring coaches, athletes and parents together to share knowledge and to allow those to be better informed to aid the growth of the young paddler in a fun and inventive way.

    Racing skills is open to those coaches, parents and athletes who wish to compete in racing kayaking or canoeing. This day will be aimed at athletes aged 12-18 years old.

    Please see here for information on the upcoming racing skills day.

    To register an interest in this day please use the online registration form 

    The cost is £10 for athletes and free for coaches. Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the day (athletes and coaches only).

    Any questions relating to this RSP day should be directed to Mark Hoile (Talent Pathway Manager – Canoe Sprint) (mark.hoile@britishcanoeing.org.uk), or contact Daniel Thompson (daniel.thompson@britishcanoeing.org.uk) for any administrative questions you may have

    RSD HPP

    Racing Skills Day details