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  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

 

  September Regatta documents published – Timetable, Start Lists, Programme, Regatta Guide

The following documents have been published for the September Regatta (31/08-01/19), the Inter-Services Championship and Open & National Senior, Under 23 and Junior Sprint Championships Regatta.

• Timetable
• Start Lists
• Programme
• Regatta Programme

They can be downloaded from the Current Year page on the Canoe Sprint Racing website.

  2019/20 TASS Application Window Opens

The England Talent Programme has been awarded 20 TASS places for 2019-20. This is a combined total for Olympic disciplines across Slalom and Sprint.

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

Any athlete wishing to be considered for TASS for 2019-20 is invited to register their interest by completing the TASS application form found here by 12 noon on 12th August 2019.

The TASS nomination policy and application form can also be found in the Key News Items sidebar on the England Talent Programme homepage

  England Talent Canoe Sprint Plan 2021-2025

The England Sprint Talent Programme have published an initial draft strategy and have gratefully received feedback that has been considered in detail. The England Sprint Talent Programme plan to publish a summary of this feedback along with the final England Talent Canoe Sprint Plan 2019-2025 in the early part of week commencing 27th May 2019. The England Sprint Talent Programme would like to advertise at this point the opportunity to attend a club meeting after the June 1st regatta from 6pm in order for us to outline this plan in further detail.

Please register your interest to attend this meeting via the link HERE. Please Note: Each club is permitted to nominate one person to attend the meeting.

  Best Performance Awards for 2018 Season

The Best Performance awards for the 2018 season, selected by the Sprint Racing Committee,  have just been announced. Congratulations to all of the winning paddlers. These will be presented at the social event following the SRC ACM on the 13th October.

  • Dexter Trophy: Best Men B performance at the National Championships    Nicky Cresser (NOT)
  • Lee & Joan Davies: Best Womens B at the National Championships    Melissa Johnson (CLM)
  • Femina Trophy: Womens A meritorious performance at the National Championships    Rachel Cawthorn (WEY)
  • Adjutants Cup: Best Canoe Junior Boy performance at the National Championships    Thomas Lambert (LEE)
  • Skinner Salver: Best Canoe Junior Girls best performance at the National Championships awarded jointly to   Alix Aitchison (IND) & Charlotte Carey (IND)
  • Jones Cup Junior Racing Canoeist of the Year: Voted for by the Junior GB team athletes to be announced at the ACM

  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