Category Archives: National

  U23 Winter Crew Boat Training Days

Across the winter period, the British Canoeing coaches will be delivering a series of training days for both athletes and their club coaches. The camps will provide development opportunities for athletes and foster an environment for coaches to share good practice.

The first three training days will take place on 8 January at Holme Pierrepont (HPP), February (date and location to be confirmed) and 5 March at HPP.

For more information and to check your eligibility to attend these training days please read the following article.

To express interest in being included within the January day, please complete the application form here by Monday 13 December 2021.
Kind Regards
Daniel

Daniel Thompson
Talent Operations Coordinator
Tel: 0115 9822094 EXT 5
Email:
Daniel.Thompson@Britishcanoeing.org.uk

  John Ball – BC Sprint loses a dear friend

We are saddened to share the news that John Ball has passed away.  For many years John provided IT, digital and infrastructure support to all of the National Sprint Regattas.

John was the oracle of all of the start, timing and photo finish systems at Holme Pierrepont and provided an invaluable service to the regatta committee. 

John first started working with British Canoeing whilst employed at the National Watersports Centre and latterly from his own business Hudson and Ball. 

Many members and paddlers will not know John but thousands of participants and spectators at national sprint regattas will have benefitted hugely from his calm and supportive approach to keeping all the systems running like clockwork. 

National sprint regattas at Nottingham won’t be the same without his ability to solve problems and his resourceful and capable presence to fix everything with a smile.

Cathy Wynne – Sprint Regatta Chief Official said:

“John was truly the ‘backroom hero’ who will be sorely missed by us all.  There have been times when without John solving a problem the regatta would not have been able to continue.  

“Many paddlers and clubs would not actually know just how much John Ball did for our Sprint Racing regattas, but for the regatta officials he was our ‘rock’ that provided steadfast support when all else was falling apart.

“He was a lovely guy and without his calm and reassuring presence the national regattas will never be the same.”

John’s brother, Chris, said:

“John was my younger brother – 44 years old. He loved the challenges and problem solving faced in the organising of sporting events, along with the thrill and appreciation of participants and spectators benefiting from the hard work that the events teams put into such events.

“Outside of the working environment, John enjoyed life with his loving partner of 20 years; Anna and their house of dogs and cats. 

“John’s main sporting passion was sailing – having sailed and raced with friends and family since a young lad; heading off on adventures sailing around the UK coast, and across to the continent. When racing John reversed roles and was the focussed competitor rather than a competition organiser.

I know John’s contribution to the sporting community is appreciated and will be sorely missed, as he will be by his family and friends.”

Our thoughts are with Anna, his partner, his brother Chris, his family and friends.

  Junior Development Squad Day

The next Junior Development Squad day is on Saturday 6th November 2021 at Holme Pierrepont, focusing on crew boat skills particularly K4 and C4. For more information and to sign up, please use the QR code on the poster. These days are for both athletes and coaches, and are being run jointly by the MRC, SRC and BC’s Talent Department. Sign up today!

  Sprint Racing Committee (SRC) Annual Consultative Meeting (ACM) 2021 papers

To: Club Secretary and/or Sprint Racing Team Leader

The Sprint Racing Section’s Annual Consultative Meeting is an online meeting on Wednesday 29th September to start at 20.00.

The Agenda, Minutes of the 2020 ACM, and attached reports for the meeting are available for download.

The Annual Consultative Meeting is open to all with an interest in Sprint Racing but only a ‘Voting Member’s Representative’ can take part in a vote at the meeting. However, there is a requirement to register an intention to vote with the SRC Secretary, Cathy Wynne, by 10.00pm on Sunday 26th September 2021. This is to allow time to check credentials and links to be emailed to them.

A list of Registered Sprint Clubs will be available shortly on the SRC website as part of the information for the meeting. As will the meeting zoom jointing invitation.

Voting will take place using two methods,

i) Zoom ‘raise hand’ function. The Zoom ‘raise hand’ function is a simple process, instructions and the opportunity to practise will be available prior to the start of the formal business.

ii) Online voting form. The voting forms will only be open for responses during the meeting. If you open the links prior to the meeting, there is an automatic response to explain when the link will be live. You will need to refresh the page once the vote goes live.

A Proxy vote for one other club can be held by a registered vote carrying person, in addition to their own club’s. This restriction is intended to promote attendance at the meeting itself. The current SRC Chair may hold as many proxy votes as are given to them, the proxy will either give the Chair the right to vote as he wishes OR instruct him how to vote.

The person who holds the vote for the ‘Voting member’ should identify themselves when signing-in using the chat feature before the start of the meeting.

Please forward this information to your club committee and sprint racing members.

Additional information and a link to register attendance can be found on the ACM page.

Kind regards,
Cathy Wynne
Secretary, British Canoeing Sprint Racing Committee

  Attention all student paddlers – we need your help!

British Canoeing is working with BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) to look at the possible introduction of a BUCS Flatwater Racing event. In order to develop our proposal we need your help.

If you are a student who is already at, or likely to start, college or university in the next 2 years then we’d love to hear from you.

Please take 15 minutes to complete this survey: BUCS Flatwater Racing Student Survey, sharing your views on taking part in a BUCS Flatwater Racing event.

You may be an existing sprint or marathon paddler, a paddler in another discipline who has taken part in BUCS Canoe Polo, Wild Water Racing or Slalom events or you might be a student paddler new to competition. We welcome all views.

Please forward the survey onto any friends who may also be interested in the event and sharing their thoughts with us.

If you have any questions please contact anna.gray@britishcanoeing.org.uk

Closing date: Wednesday 9th June 2021

Thanks for your time

  Updated Bulletin and registration for April Selection regatta

An updated version of the bulletin, Bulletin 1b, has been issued for the April Selection regatta. The update contains additional and modified information compared to the original bulletin. Information which has changed since the original bulletin is highlighted in grey. Use the link below to see the bulletin.
    icon_pdf  Selection Event Bulletin 1b

Entries are now open until Sunday 28th March 23:00. Athletes must individually enter themselves using THIS LINK

The event is being run primarily to select Tokyo profiled athletes for Games Nomination and Quota Qualification at Continental/Global qualifiers and in order to minimise the risk of infection and transmission of Covid-19, the International Panel request that prior to entry, athletes and coaches consider whether Tokyo senior selection is a realistic aspiration at this stage or if athletes should wait to compete for Senior Worlds/junior/U23 selection in June or at a later regatta.

As part of the entry process, you will be asked to agree to the following documents. Please read these so that you understand how the event will operate.
    icon_pdf  Selection Event Opt-In Conditions
    icon_pdf  Selection Event Code of Behaviour Document

Athletes can attend with a maximum of one coach or essential support staff. In order to attend the regatta these individuals will need to register HERE.

  Information Bulletin for April selection event

In the light of ongoing regulations and guidance for the management of outdoor sporting events in the current Covid environment it is clear that the planned selection events will be held under very different conditions than those we are accustomed to for our usual National regattas.  An Information Bulletin has been issued for athletes, coaches and other support staff that identifies the ground rules that will govern the operation of the selection events.

It is vital that athletes and coaches who will be attending the selection events familiarise themselves with the contents of this bulletin. The full text is available on the link below.

    icon_pdf  Selection Event Information Bulletin 1