2018 Youth Olympic Games World Qualification Selection Event

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) plays a crucial role in the development of young athletes and provides a multi-sport Games experience that helps them along the route to their own Olympic dreams.

British Canoeing are holding a YOG world qualification selection race at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham on Saturday 25 November 2017. From this selection event a team of 4 athletes (K1 Men, K1 Women, C1 Men, C1 Women) will be selected to compete at the World qualification event in Barcelona, Spain from the 12th – 15th April 2018.

Athletes must compete in both Sprint and Slalom events of the same category (K1 or C1).

For further details about the Youth Olympic Games visit the Buenos Aires 2018 website  or the ICF website .

Any athletes interested in competing at this selection event can view the selection criteria here:

      icon_pdf  Youth Olympic Games Selection Policy 2018

… and can enter through the following link : 2018 Youth Olympic Games World Qualification Selection Race .

  England Talent Programme Club Partnerships

Please read this message from Richard Ramsdale:

Dear all,

I would like to bring to your attention the official launch of our Club Engagement Strategy today. As part of the Stronger Together strategic plan, the England Talent Programme is committing to supporting and working in partnership with English Olympic discipline performance focused clubs during the Tokyo Olympic cycle and beyond by providing additional engagement, resources and support.

The England Talent Programme recognises the important role that clubs play in the talent pathway, in providing opportunities for young people to develop their skills and passion for the sport. The first phase of this engagement and opportunity is a grant scheme available to clubs in order to help establish a sustainable, paid, jointly funded coaching role for your club.

We are inviting clubs to read through the detail of the Club Partnership Programme (which can be found on the relevant disciplines section on our webpage). We are asking qualifying clubs to enter into the process of being considered for grant support by submitting an initial expression of interest by 12 noon on 23 October 2017.

If there are any specific questions or queries please contact the relevant Talent Pathway Manager, included below, that will be overseeing their discipline’s Club Partnerships links.

  England Talent Programme – Support for Clubs – Slalom 
  England Talent Programme – Support for Clubs – Sprint  

Rich Ramsdale – Talent Pathway Manager (Canoe Slalom)
I came into the competitive discipline of Canoe Slalom at a late age and have never been in a position to benefit from any formal development programme inclusion, instead I was fortunate to be part of a series of active clubs that ignited a passion for the sport that saw me progress through the domestic ranks and introduced me to the coaching pathway which has now become my career. I will be forever grateful for these opportunities and formative experiences and hope that through our Club Partnership Programme we can help more clubs provide similar experiences to more aspirational Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint athletes.

Mark Hoile – Talent Pathway Manager (Canoe Sprint)
The Club Partnership Programme is an exciting new venture to work alongside a small number of canoe clubs that wish to have Sprint Canoeing at the heart of their Club. This programme helps the club to develop self-sustaining business models to support the cost of its coaches, to support the development of clubs, their coaches and their athletes.

Warmest regards

Richard Ramsdale
Talent Pathway Manager (Canoe Slalom)

  Fitness equipment available

The Royal Albert Dock Trust in East London recently closed their professional fitness gym in advance of re-equipping.

Some of the original fitness equipment is still on the premises and if any club would like to make a donation to the funds of this charity then they are welcome to come and take away any of the items of which they can make some use.

Contact Amanda Foister on 07540 411779 to make arrangements to see what is available.

  Warwick Sprint Event – Saturday 7th October 2017

The Warwick Sprint Event is being held on Saturday 7th October 2017 and you can enter by using this Google Form: Warwick Sprint Event – Entry Form

The day will consist of 200m heats, semi’s, finals – everyone racing will make it through to a final, meaning everyone will race 3 times. Craft thermals will be awarded to the winner of each categorised group.

There will also be the Warwick Knockout Races. Athletes will be grouped according to category. The knockout brings excitement and skill into a fast paced event. There will be a knockout event for each Sprint Group. Each Sprint Group will have 14 to 25 paddlers (based on numbers from 2016 entries). Over a series of back-to-back sprints the group will be whittled down to 5 paddlers for the final sprint-off.

More information is available by emailing the organisers: warwicksprintevent@gmail.com

  British Canoeing Performance Department – Racing Seminar

On behalf of Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director, and Mike Chandler, Head of Performance Coaching, British Canoeing would like to invite you to a racing seminar for all coaches on 11th November 2017.

The seminar, which has been put together with some of our club coaches, will be a mixture of interactions, presentations and coaching discussions with the view to keep building and spreading our knowledge across the sport to help continuously improve our athletes.

      icon_pdf  Racing Seminar Poster

The seminar will be free to attend and a venue will be confirmed in due course, but will be easily accessible from the M25 and M40 as this is most central to most clubs.

There will be up to 100 places available and please let Mike Chandler know if you wish to take part by Friday 29th September 2017 by using his email: mike.chandler@britishcanoeing.org.uk. Clubs can send one email with a list of attendees, which must include each attendee’s full name and email address.

We’d love for you to join us to help keep improving this sport together.

We looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards

Paul and Mike

  2017 Junior Canoeist of the Year

The 2017 Junior Racing Canoeist of the Year is Ieuan James, Forth CC, gold medallist in the Junior and U23 World Championships this year in the K1 200m. The trophy was suitably presented to Ieuan by Liam Heath, another fairly good K1 200m paddler(!!!), who was also the winner of this award in 2002.