Category Archives: Paddle-Ability

  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

 

  June Regatta #2 – 29/30 June – Updated timetable

We have published an updated Timetable for this weekend’s racing. Races will run in time sequence but you’ll notice that some race numbers are out of sequence. We will run the racing in the order stated in this updated Timetable. The sequence is correct in the Start Lists.

The updated timetable can be downloaded from http://canoeracing.org.uk/sprint/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/01-Timetable.pdf

  Congratulating Norwich Canoe Club as the highest scoring club on the 2018 inter-club medal table

Congratulations go to Norwich Canoe Club who have been confirmed as the highest scoring club on the inter-club medal table for 2018.

Norwich Canoe Club, with the most points (medal winners) across all the National Championship Regatta events in 2018, will be presented with a K2 donated by the Performance Programme. This will be presented, alongside the trophy presentations, at the Sprint Racing ACM on 13 October at Wey Kayak Club. Tickets for the meal and entertainment that follows this event are still available until 30th September.

The inter-club medal table was a tally, by club, of the National medals awarded across all sprint national Regatta events. All National Championship, Paddle-Ability, and Mini-Sprint medals were included in the score. The scoring started at the May Regatta with the Masters Championships.

2018 Medal Table – Official Results

  Thousands compete in National competitions across five events during Super September

Super September saw a mega event take place, comprising of five key National competitions from the 2018 calendar that demonstrate the high quality of competitions that already exist across the disciplines of sprint and paracanoe, wild water racing, freestyle and polo.

Please, visit the British Canoeing website for a comprehensive report following the Super September weekend.

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2018/thousands-take-part-across-five-discplines-at-super-septembers-holme-pierrepont-open

  Important message for Paddle-Ability competitors

This is new for 2015 and brings Paddle-Ability in line with the rules for everyone.

Paddle-Ability competitors must pay their race fees in advance of the regatta to the Team Leader of the club they have placed their entries through. Paddle-Ability competitors will no longer be able to pay on the day. Payment will no longer be collected at the Cabin.

Team Leaders, please note that all fees, including those from your Paddle-Ability competitors, will be due when the entries are placed, as they are for every other competitor. This information is all in the Handbook but as this is the start of the season and not all of you have, as yet, had a chance to catch up with the changes, would you kindly pass on this information to your Paddle-Ability paddlers.

  Paddle-Ability Sprints – blog area

This page will feature news and information about the Paddle-Ability Sprint Regattas (held at the same time as the national regattas) in blog format.

The results will be published along with the national regatta results and previous year results are available on the Previous Years page.