Category Archives: Talent Pathway

  2021/22 TASS Application Window Opens

The England Talent Programme has been awarded 20 TASS places for 2021/22. This is a combined total for Olympic and paralympic disciplines across Slalom, Sprint and Paracanoe. 

Full inclusion detail is contained within the TASS nomination policy found here

Any athlete wishing to be considered for TASS for 2021/22 is invited to register their interest by completing the TASS application form found here by 23:59pm on Sunday 1st August. The TASS nomination policy and application form can also be found on the England Talent Programme website.

  Sprint Talent update

Richard Ramsdale, Head of Talent at British Canoeing, has issued an update to the work of the Sprint Talent programme. His introductory remarks are reproduced here.

“May was such a fantastic month, not only did we have events and races in Sprint and Slalom but we’ve also seen a great deal of success and achievement. Nottingham hosted the Sprint Crew Boat process, which saw nearly 50 athletes and coaches come together to develop their crew boat skills and trial different seat combinations ahead of the Sprint Junior and U23 GB Selection event in early July.

On the same weekend,on the other side of the regatta lake, the Slalom Junior and U23 GB Selection event was taking place. Congratulations to the 11 English Talent athletes that qualified to both teams and all those that qualified as a reserve. Success comes in many different ways and a huge congratulations is owed to all those who raced at the event, it was clear how much effort and investment has been committed over the last 14 months, in the most challenging of circumstances, well done to all!

It should be noted that neither event would not have been possible without the support of staff, coaches, parents, athletes and the wider community. It was great to see people back out on the water, in the sunshine, doing what they love! Long may it continue.”

The full update, including reports and advice on a variety of topics can be found HERE

  Sprint Talent Update March 2021

Welcome to the March Talent Update.

It is with a growing sense of positivity and optimism that we can all at last begin to look towards a return to paddling as we welcomed the announcement last month of the government’s road map to recovery.

It was encouraging to read that from 29 March outdoor sport facilities will be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports. We are still awaiting further guidance from the Department of Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and Sport England on what this means and once this is published we will be working through what this means for our activity and any facility we access to ensure that we can begin to run England Talent Programme sessions as quickly as possible in a safe and controlled manner. More information and the Covid-19 mitigations in place governing these sessions will be communicated out to athletes through your programme coach or the Talent Covid Officer during this month.

This recent period has been hugely challenging for athletes, coaching staff and parents alike as everyone tries to balance conflicting priorities and demands. These last 12 months have been the challenge of a generation and one that we hope to never endure again. As a programme we are proud of all our athletes, their families and our staff in the way they have weathered the storm of the last year, showing grit, resilience and commitment throughout.

Best Regards,

Richard Ramsdale

  NEW World Class Programme Prospect Support announced

A new programme of support has been announced for talented athletes who were in their final year as juniors or at the beginning of an U23 career in 2019. Athletes from sprint and/or slalom disciplines can apply for the programme. There will be a maximum of 11 places awarded between the two disciplines. The support programme will run from April to December 2021 inclusive. Applications must be received by 23rd February 2021.

Full details of the proposals can be found on the link below.

    icon_pdf  WCP Prospect Support

  Sprint Talent Update

A Sprint Talent Update from British Canoeing has been issued with items focused on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on various aspects of the talent programmes. The full Update can be found HERE