Category Archives: National

  Holme Pierrepoint regatta dates announced for 2021

The following dates have been announced for weekend regattas at Holme Pierrepoint next year, 2021. At this point it is only the dates that have been decided. Work is ongoing to devise the programme for each regatta.

    17/18 April

    5/6 June

    10/11 July

    4/5 September

Please note that there is still the possibility of a regatta in September 2020. Information about any such regatta will be issued as soon as it becomes available.

  British Canoeing coronavirus update

British Canoeing has cancelled all competitions until at least 30th June 2020. Consequently, the Holme Pierrepoint regatta planned for 6/7 June will no longer take place.

“British Canoeing will continue to work with all of the paddle sport discipline committees to review competitions and events beyond 30 June on a case by case basis and in line with any potential changes to government guidance.”

The full statement from British Canoeing can be found HERE

  The British Canoeing Online Coaching Community of Practice

The British Canoeing coaching department will be running a weekly online coaching community of practice videos which you can sign up to and watch, a full news article can be found through clicking on the link HERE.

Join British Canoeing for the first of a weekly conversation connecting coaches from across the British Canoeing paddlesports community on Thursday 9th April, between 2 and 3pm.

Each week we will choose a coaching topic and discuss the implications and applications in various coaching contexts, sharing our experiences and learning.

This week Craig Morris (Podium Technical Coach – Canoe Slalom) will be joined by Matt Lawrence (Technical Coach – Paracanoe), Luke Smyth (Southern Regional Pathway Coach – Canoe Slalom) and Imogen Collins (England National Talent Squad Coach – Canoe Sprint) to discuss how they are managing to ‘Coach through COVID’.

This meeting will be held online via Google hangouts, therefore, you will need to be able to access this mechanism. If you would like to join the conversation please email for a meeting invite. Places will be restricted by technology.

If you are unable to join us at the time, these conversations will be recorded and available as a download from the British Canoeing Awarding Body digital library, allowing you to catch up when it suits.

  Reorganisation of Women Masters athletes into 4 classes

Following a request and discussion during the 2019 season it has been decided to increase the number of Women Master classes from 2 to 4. The new classes will be Women Masters C (MVCK) and Women Masters D (MVDK), mirroring the current structure for the Men Masters classes. It is hoped that the new structure will encourage more Women Masters paddlers to enter National Competitions.

As a result of implementing the new structure, Women Masters paddlers with current MVAK and MVBK will be regraded for the start of the 2020 season. Existing MVAK paddlers will be regraded to MVBK, and existing MVBK paddlers will be regraded to MVDK. In the Standards for Sprint Racing table, Women Masters A and B would move to Bands 3 and 4 respectively, and Women Masters C and D would be added to Bands 5 and 6 respectively. The Sprint Racing Committee (SRC) has approved this proposal.

The Standards for Sprint Racing have been updated to include these additional classes and to allocate all four Women Masters classes to the appropriate bands. The revised Standards for Sprint Racing tables will appear in the 2020 Racing Handbook. Preview copies are available on the link below.

    icon_pdf  Revised Standards for Sprint Racing

  Separate Standards of racing for male and female athletes

During the 2019 season a trial was held using a separate table for Women’s and Girl’s Racing Standards from the Men’s and Boy’s table when determining promotions and demotions.  This approach reflected the difference in times averaged over a suitable time period. While not having any impact on selections, it’s adoption will make it easier for more Women and Girls to progress through the classes and into the A classes than previously. It will also lower the entry requirement for each class by approximately 3 seconds.  The times being used have been adjusted from the original proposal and do not 100% reflect the real difference between the upper (fastest) and lower (slower) bands as adjustment have been made for safety reasons to reduce the impact of the proposed  changes on the lower bands and the minimum entry standard to race at the National Regattas.  The Sprint Racing Committee (SRC) has approved the adoption of these times.  This trial will be closely monitored and reviewed at the end of the season.

There is now a separate table for Standards for Sprint Racing for the Women’s and Girl’s classes. The Men’s and Boy’s classes will have their own table. The new tables will appear in the 2020 Racing Handbook. Preview copies of both tables are available on the link below.

icon_pdf  Revised Standards of Racing tables

  New Junior Sprint classes – Boys and Girls Intermediate Kayak

We are replacing the existing BU12 and GU12 Classes with two new classes, Boys Intermediate Kayak (BIK) and Girls Intermediate Kayak (GIK).

These new classes will allow any U14 paddler who has not yet achieved the minimum time for Boys D Kayak (BDK) or Girls D Kayak (GDK) class events to race in sprint K1 boats at the National Regattas.  This trial will be reviewed at the end of the season.

Boys Intermediate Kayak (BIK) minmum 500m time = 2:46
Girls Intermediate Kayak (GIK) minimum 500m time = 2:59

Once paddlers in the new classes have achieved the qualification time for a Junior D class they will be promoted and no longer be allowed to race the BIK or GIK classes.

BIK and GIK paddlers will be allowed to race in D class crew boats as long as 50% of the paddlers in the crew boat are ranked individually as D class paddlers.

Note that, as a consequence of these changes, there will be no U12 classes at the Junior National Championship in April.

More details of the new classes can be found on the link below:

icon_pdf  Introduction for Junior Intermediate classes

  2020 National Regattas

The dates and focus for this year’s national regattas are as follows:

28-29 March 2020 Open and National Senior Championship Sprint Regatta includes Senior selection events for World Cups and Olympic qualifications
25-26 April 2020 Open and National Paracanoe & Junior Championship Sprint Regatta includes Junior selection events for Europeans and Worlds, and Paras selection event for the Olympics
6-7 June 2020 Open and National Under 23 Championship Sprint Regatta includes U23 selection events
4-5 July 2020 Open and national Masters Championship Sprint Regatta
5-6 September 2020 The Inter-Services Championships and Open and National Inter-club MacGregor Paddle Challenge Sprint Regatta

  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.

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

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)


  • 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.