Hoped for September regatta will not take place

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.

  ICF announces exciting series of webinars

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.

  Annual Consultative Meeting (ACM) announced for 2020

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.

    icon_pdf  Preliminary ACM Notice

    icon_pdf  Nomination Form Annual Consultative Meeting 2020

    icon_pdf  Discussion Item Form Annual Consultative Meeting 2020

  British Canoeing Covid-19 Update:

Following the government announcement at the end of last week, events in England can begin to take place as from 1st August.

The statement and guidance is available on the British Canoeing website via this link here 

Webinars will be hosted Wednesday 22nd at 2pm and 7pm

Additional supporting resources will follow on the website over the coming days.