September 2017 National Sprint Regatta – Timetable, Start List and Programme

The Timetable, Start List and Programme for the September 2017 Regatta are now available to download:

icon_pdf  September 2017 Timetable
icon_pdf  September 2017 Start List
icon_pdf  September 2017 Programme

These are also available on the Current Year page.

Please be aware the finals for the following 3 events, which were originally scheduled for Saturday, have been moved to Sunday morning :

  • Boys U16 200m K2 Final (now race 166 at 08:30 on Sunday)
  • Boys U18 200m K2 Final (now race 167 at 08:33 on Sunday)
  • Mens Open Kayak 200m K2 Final (now race 168 at 08:36 on Sunday)

  Annual Consultative Meeting – 2nd September 2017

Annual Consultative Meeting – Saturday 2nd September 2017 – National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

The Sprint Racing Section’s Annual Consultative Meeting will be 75 minutes after the last race of the National and Open Paracanoe, Senior and Junior Championships Regatta on Saturday 2nd September 2017.

The agenda and papers for the meeting can be found on the Annual Consultative Meeting (ACM) page, under the Organisation tab, and documents will be periodically added to this page as and when they become available for publication and distribution.

  Sprint Racing Junior GB Teams Selection Polices Review

The Sprint Racing Junior GB Teams Selection Policies are available to review and British Canoeing invites your feedback. The feedback form is now live on the British Canoeing website on the Sprint  page. Look at the entries in the right-hand column.

You can also use this link to access the ‘Google Form’ directly, to submit your views for future junior selection polices: Junior GB Teams Selection Policies Feedback Form 

  SuPer SePtember T-shirts are now available to pre-order online!

T-shirts and Polo shirts commemorating British Canoeing’s SuPer SePtember events are now available to buy online from HydraSports: .

Pre-ordered T-shirts are £10 or £12 on the day. Polo shirts are £15.

If teams/groups order in bulk they will have the option to personalise the tops.

The SuPer SePtember events are:

  • 2nd/3rd September – Sprint and Paracanoe National Championships
  • 9th/10th September – Canoe Polo National Championships
  • 16th/17th September – British Open (slalom, rafting and more)
  • 24th September – Marathon Hasler Final
  • 31st/1st Sept/Oct – Freestyle European Open

Further information about the events is available here: .

  British Canoeing TASS Places Announcement

British Canoeing is proud to announce that they have been awarded 20 Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) places across Slalom and Sprint for 2017/18.

TASS aims to support English athletes to fulfil their sporting potential and to meet their academic and vocational goals, through a dual process which creates a genuine balance between sport and education.

The British Canoeing TASS Programme will be positioned to support aspiring and committed English U23 athletes that are studying at recognised higher education institutions. Any athlete wishing to be considered for TASS for 2017-18 is invited to consider the Inclusion Policy  and register their subsequent interest by completing the TASS application form  by Friday 18th August 2017.

  Report on 3rd London Canoe Sprint Regional Regatta

London Regatta 16th July 2017
Royal Albert Dock London Watersports Centre

The third regatta held at the dock in modern times saw yet again how welcoming the venue is to its visitors. With a £2m extension recently added the facilities provided the paddlers coaches and helpers with a solid base for the event held on Sunday last, 16th July 2017.

Using the SRC mobile timing equipment, recently acquired and updated, the paddlers from a small number of clubs enjoyed warm weather with a very light wind directly against them as they paddlers down the course. The fact that some regard the course as prone to wind again seems to be highly overblown! Seems its no more of a problem than anywhere else. Back wash? What backwash? The myth that the course there has problems with backwash hopefully has been dispelled. With all 9 lanes going there was no trace a problem.

The three events held over the last three years have experienced just the same conditions and produced good enjoyable racing for all the paddlers.
500m and 200m events were held and these finished with the flourish of a 4 x 200m relay.

Many thanks to all the paddlers from the following clubs: Wey, Reading, Maidstone, Longridge, Lee Valley, Chelmsford, Leighton Buzzard, Ealing, Holme Pierrepont and Addlestone, not forgetting Owen Sheppard [Regional Coach] who was there with his regional group to add to the fun.

The relatively small entry was a disappointment for the SRC whose plans for expanding the number of regional regattas seem to be a bit more difficult than originally thought. What was clear was that the SRC and Regatta Committee members who did the lions share of the organisation cannot organise all the regional regattas over the country as well as the National regattas at HPP. There needs to be some local club involvement and this point will be taken into the 2018 season planning.

There were delights though in the way all the helpers rallied round and produced a highly technical set of events and the reception from the Centre staff. Kassi, Simon and Julius the boat man at the centre pulled put all the stops to make is welcome and do that was necessary for a successful event. John Mac for his involvement as well as Mike Chandler and Russell Smith who went out of their way to make things go smoothly.

It’s inevitable that if all helpers were named some would be missed so thanks to everyone and especially the paddlers and we hope they all had fun.

Alan Laws
SRC Chairman