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  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

      Racing Skills Day at Worcester Canoe Club – A Reminder

    Please note that registration closes at 12 noon on Tuesday 13th March 2018 for the Racing Skills Day at Worcester Canoe Club. Please register for the day by using the link within the Racing Skills Information poster identified below, and return a completed medical form to Daniel Thompson (daniel.thompson@britishcanoeing.org.uk) 

    Worcester Canoe Club, in partnership with British Canoeing, are delighted to be running a racing skills day on Saturday 18 March 2018 at Worcester Canoe Club.

    This is the second of the Racing Skills Programme (RSP) days. The first Racing Skills day which took place at Reading Canoe Club last month was a great success with coaches, athletes and parents coming away from the day very positive. 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. This day will mostly be aimed at athletes aged 12-18 years old.

    There is no, one way to develop talent and with the knowledge within the room, there could be a coach who could help you with any thoughts or challenges you may have as a club coach.

    The Theme of the day:

    For Coaches and Athletes
    Training zones – What are we trying to achieve by training at different training zones?

    What would different sessions look like and how do you know if you are achieving the desired outcome for each of your sessions? This 2 hour workshop has been recognised by the British Canoeing Coaching Department as appropriate CPD for an 18 month period and coaches’ records will be updated on completion.

    For Parents:
    There will be a 45 min presentation once the athletes have started their 1st Session.

    Please use the links below for more information on the racing skills day, including a link to register for a place, a medical form for completion by all athletes, and the Racing Skills Booklet.

        icon_pdf  Racing Skills Day information

        icon_pdf  Medical form

        icon_pdf  Racing Skills Booklet v3

    Any questions relating to the England Racing Skills Programme should be directed to Mark Hoile (Talent Pathway Manager- Canoe Sprint)  (mark.hoile@britishcanoeing.org.uk)  or Daniel Thompson (daniel.thompson@britishcanoeing.org.uk)  for any administrative questions you may have.

      Racing skills day at Worcester Canoe Club 18th March 2018

    Worcester Canoe Club, in partnership with British Canoeing, are delighted to be running a racing skills day on Saturday 18 March 2018 at Worcester Canoe Club. Racing skills looks to bring coaches, athletes and parents together to share knowledge and become better informed in the process to aid  the development of the young paddler in a fun and inventive way.

    This is the second of the Racing Skills Programme (RSP) days. The first Racing Skills day which took place at Reading Canoe Club last month was a great success with coaches, athletes and parents coming away from the day very positive. 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. This day will mostly be aimed at athletes aged 12-18 years old.

    There is no, one way to develop talent and with the knowledge within the room, there could be a coach who could help you with any thoughts or challenges you may have as a club coach.

    The Theme of the day:

    For Coaches and Athletes
    Training zones – What are we trying to achieve by training at different training zones?

    What would different sessions look like and how do you know if you are achieving the desired outcome for each of your sessions? This 2 hour workshop will give you an 18 month update to your CPD.

    Parents:
    There will be a 45 min presentation once the athletes have started their 1st Session.

    Please use the links below for more information on the racing skills day, including a link to apply for a place, and the Racing Skills Booklet.

        icon_pdf  Racing Skills Day information

        icon_pdf  Racing Skills Booklet v3

    Any questions relating to the England Racing Skills Programme should be directed to Mark Hoile (Talent Pathway Manager- Canoe Sprint)  (mark.hoile@britishcanoeing.org.uk)  or Daniel Thompson (daniel.thompson@britishcanoeing.org.uk)  for any administrative questions you may have.