With the continuing concerns about Covid-19, it has been decided to hold the Annual Consultative Meeting for 2020 as an online event. You can find details of how this will operate by looking at the ACM page of this website, under the Organisation menu.
The following statement has been released by Alan Laws, Chairman of the Sprint Racing Committee:
The Sprint Racing Committee and the Regatta Committee sincerely regret to announce that the possible National Sprint Racing event being planned for 26 and 27 Sep 2020 will not take place.
The volunteer members of the Regatta Committee have taken part in many hours of discussion and consultation, including a site visit to the NWSC, with the aim of running a COVID Secure regatta. Unfortunately, we have determined, after much deliberation, that we would not have either sufficient competitors or suitably experienced volunteer officials attending the event to run a viable competition this year. The clubs had been asked to give an idea of how many competitors would be available and their response made it clear that numbers would not be enough. Similarly, with the volunteer officials.
On a positive note, the work that the Regatta Committee has done in partnership with members of BC staff should ensure a Covid secure Sprint Racing Regatta season for 2021.
The members of the SRC commended the work of the Regatta Committee, being all too aware of the intensity of it, especially as it could only bring about a result that was not what was desired.
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.
The Sprint Racing Annual Consultative Meeting has been announced to take place at the Royal Canoe Club in Teddington on Saturday 17th October. The formal announcement, nomination form for SRC members, and suggestion form for discussion items at the meeting can all be found on the links below.
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.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Racing Handbook for 2020 is available for downloading in PDF format by using the link below:
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.