British Canoeing launches new performance strategy for canoe sprint

British Canoeing has published the new Canoe Sprint Performance Strategy, which sets out
the vision and ambitions for the sport over the next six years

British Canoeing and the sprint racing community have come together to determine the
changes needed, in order to build a system which will deliver greater and more consistent

The publication of the new strategy is the culmination of this work delivered, through the
formation of the Sprint Performance Strategy Group, the creation of task & finish and focus
groups involving a range of stakeholders and two consultations with the racing community.

The long-term strategy sets out the vision and ambitions for canoe sprint for the next six
years to 2028, through 10 key performance indicators, the philosophies and values that will
underpin the strategy and the coordination that will be required for delivery across the UK.

The strategy also contains the following six key action plans for the next four years to 2025:
• Providing the best possible athlete experiences
• Developing a broader base of talent
• Developing a community of engaged coaches
• Providing competitions which increase participation and develop talent
• Improving the use of insight and the sharing of knowledge
• Building a strong sense of community and inclusion

The Canoe Sprint Performance Strategy 2022-2028 is available in PDF format here.

  Colin Radmore to depart British Canoeing

After more than 25 years in the sport, Paracanoe Senior Technical Coach Colin Radmore will be leaving British Canoeing at the end of March. During Colin’s 10 years in the Programme, the team has won more than twice the number of medals than any other nation and has topped the table at every World Championships and Paralympic Games. He said: “I will always be proud of my time in Paracanoe, it has been a huge part of my life over the last 10 years and being part of this amazing team has been incredible. “We wish Colin all the best in his new role”. Read more

  England Canoe Sprint Talent Programme 2022-2025 Strategy

The England Canoe Sprint Talent Programme has recently released its programme strategy for 2022-25, which outlines the direction and focus of intent for the next three years.

This strategy is designed to create a more collaborative approach to supporting and developing young athletes.

Support from the England Talent Programme will focus on developing clubs, coaches and the wider environment where athletes spend the majority of their time. Working in partnership to support those that have the most contact and influence is how programme resources will be directed. Supporting the development of more clubs and environments will also encourage the sport to become more accessible to a broader range of society.
A news item covering this can be found HERE.
More details explaining the England Canoe Sprint Talent Programme Strategy can be found on our programme website HERE.

A webinar will be hosted on Monday 31 January at 7:30pm over Zoom to present the strategy further, please register through this link HERE.

  12th February U23 Winter Crew Boat Training Day at Wey Kayak Club

The Sprint Academy coaching team will be running a training day at Wey Kayak Club in February, for eligible U23 athletes to provide technical and crew boat development opportunities in support of their preparations ahead of the 2022 competitive season.
This training day on 12 February will give the athletes the opportunity to train together whilst developing their technique, individual and crew boat skills, and understanding of preparing to race. Specific workshops will be provided covering a range of relevant topics.
Coaches working with athletes at this level are welcome to attend in order to help develop their knowledge and experience of working with crew boats. Athletes can indicate their coaches’ attendance on the application form. 

For more information and to check your eligibility to attend these training days please read the following article.

To express interest in being included within the February day please complete the application form here by Monday 31st January 2022.

Further information relating to the content and delivery of the day will follow, once places are confirmed.
Kind Regards

Daniel Thompson
Talent Operations Coordinator
Tel: 0115 9822094 EXT 4

  Canoe Sprint Selection Policies 2022: For Public Consultation

The Canoe Sprint International Panel have been working with the SRC and prepared this draft 2022 policy document for feedback from the Canoe Sprint community. The policy consultation commences the week commencing 20th December 2021 and runs for just over 2 weeks with all consultation responses to be received by 23.59 On Sunday 9th January 2022.

Responses can be provided by following this link or the manual link below:

Draft Policy Document: Click Here

  U23 Winter Crew Boat Training Days

Across the winter period, the British Canoeing coaches will be delivering a series of training days for both athletes and their club coaches. The camps will provide development opportunities for athletes and foster an environment for coaches to share good practice.

The first three training days will take place on 8 January at Holme Pierrepont (HPP), February (date and location to be confirmed) and 5 March at HPP.

For more information and to check your eligibility to attend these training days please read the following article.

To express interest in being included within the January day, please complete the application form here by Monday 13 December 2021.
Kind Regards

Daniel Thompson
Talent Operations Coordinator
Tel: 0115 9822094 EXT 5

  John Ball – BC Sprint loses a dear friend

We are saddened to share the news that John Ball has passed away.  For many years John provided IT, digital and infrastructure support to all of the National Sprint Regattas.

John was the oracle of all of the start, timing and photo finish systems at Holme Pierrepont and provided an invaluable service to the regatta committee. 

John first started working with British Canoeing whilst employed at the National Watersports Centre and latterly from his own business Hudson and Ball. 

Many members and paddlers will not know John but thousands of participants and spectators at national sprint regattas will have benefitted hugely from his calm and supportive approach to keeping all the systems running like clockwork. 

National sprint regattas at Nottingham won’t be the same without his ability to solve problems and his resourceful and capable presence to fix everything with a smile.

Cathy Wynne – Sprint Regatta Chief Official said:

“John was truly the ‘backroom hero’ who will be sorely missed by us all.  There have been times when without John solving a problem the regatta would not have been able to continue.  

“Many paddlers and clubs would not actually know just how much John Ball did for our Sprint Racing regattas, but for the regatta officials he was our ‘rock’ that provided steadfast support when all else was falling apart.

“He was a lovely guy and without his calm and reassuring presence the national regattas will never be the same.”

John’s brother, Chris, said:

“John was my younger brother – 44 years old. He loved the challenges and problem solving faced in the organising of sporting events, along with the thrill and appreciation of participants and spectators benefiting from the hard work that the events teams put into such events.

“Outside of the working environment, John enjoyed life with his loving partner of 20 years; Anna and their house of dogs and cats. 

“John’s main sporting passion was sailing – having sailed and raced with friends and family since a young lad; heading off on adventures sailing around the UK coast, and across to the continent. When racing John reversed roles and was the focussed competitor rather than a competition organiser.

I know John’s contribution to the sporting community is appreciated and will be sorely missed, as he will be by his family and friends.”

Our thoughts are with Anna, his partner, his brother Chris, his family and friends.

  Junior Development Squad Day

The next Junior Development Squad day is on Saturday 6th November 2021 at Holme Pierrepont, focusing on crew boat skills particularly K4 and C4. For more information and to sign up, please use the QR code on the poster. These days are for both athletes and coaches, and are being run jointly by the MRC, SRC and BC’s Talent Department. Sign up today!