2022 European Championships & Sanabria K4 – Final Teams

Following the team announcements on Monday 22nd June there have been a number of changes in the K4 teams. We would like to congratulate Joe Petersen & Mags Dilai on their selection for this event.

The MRC received a number of requests for review for the selection of the 2022 European Championships. One of these requests of review has been upheld by the MRC Selection Committee, and we would like to congratulate Anoushka Freeman on her selection for the U23 K1.

Please find the final teams here and the June Assessment data here.

European Masters Championships – Possible Boat Transport

There is a possibility of spaces being available on the trailer going to Denmark. Masters paddlers who have entered or are going to enter should contact BRYN PPRICE  who will coordinate requests and endeavour to allocate available places, after all the junior and senior boat spaces have been finalised. As before there will be a charge of £50.00 per boat to cover the extra costs of documentation etc. brynprice3@gmail.com

MRC ACM and Committee Nominations

The MRC 2022 ACM will be held online on Wednesday 13 July at 7.30pm.

A reminder that anyone wishing to stand for a place on the MRC must inform the Secretary (Acting) of their candidacy by 1st June 2022.  They must be a full member of British Canoeing and be proposed and seconded by two other full members.  This year, in addition to the annual election of Chair (currently Stan Missen) we have the following whose terms are up but can stand for re-election: Mick Nadal, David Sackman, Kat Wilson, Siobhan Urquhart and Bryn Price.  There is also a vacancy due to the sad death of James Smythe.

Standing as an elected member of the MRC is a great way to make a difference to our sport and be involved directly in how it is run. Committee members are expected to attend around four meetings per year, and to play an active role in the administration of the discipline in between meetings.

In addition to the annual election for the Chair, other duties currently covered by those named above include deputy chair, secretary to the committee, racing rules, secretary of the selection committee, international team logistics, national events and masters’ racing,

If you are interested in standing and becoming involved in the above, please feel free to contact the Secretary (Acting), Siobhan Urquhart, or the Chair, Stan Missen – or any of the current Committee who can give you more information.

If you have an item for the ACM agenda, this also needs to be submitted to the Secretary (Acting) by 1st June, again supported by signatures of two full members of British Canoeing.  Other items may be discussed at the meeting at the Chairman’s discretion.

Email addresses:

Stan Missen – Chair – marathon.chair@vol.britishcanoeing.org.uk

Siobhan Urquhart – Acting Secretary – marathon.secretary@vol.britishcanoeing.org.uk

European Championships & Sanabria K4 – June Assessments and Availability

Please find a link to the assessment form for the European Championships and Sanabria K4: Availability Form.

This form needs to be completed by 22:00 on 16 June.

In the absence of a completed form, it will be assumed that you are not available and therefore will not be considered for selection.

The two lead assessment races for this selection are taking place in June. Please find links to the entries for both below:

The selection meeting for these two internationals will take place following the K1/C1 assessment.  Please ensure that all mitigating circumstances are provided prior to, or immediately following, the K1 assessment. This must be done via email to the Chair of the Selection Committee.

Due to the tight turn around for the Sanabria K4, we have asked for all API information and would request that you inform us at the earliest opportunity if your availability has changed.

Please familiarise yourself with the Selection Policy found here

If you have about the forms or process please direct these to the Secretary of the Selection Committee, Kat Wilson: katburbeck@yahoo.co.uk.  Any formal requests must be sent to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Nanette North: marathon.selectors@vol.britishcanoeing.org.uk

Notice of the 2022 MRC ACM, and Committee Elections

The MRC 2022 ACM will be held on Wednesday 13 July at 7.30pm.

The meeting will be held online, and further details including joining and voting instructions together with the meeting papers will follow nearer the time.

At the ACM will be the annual election for the role of Chair, and the election for half of the committee places.  Anyone wishing to stand must be a full member of British Canoeing, be proposed and seconded by two other full members, and inform the Secretary (Acting) of their candidacy by 1st June 2022.

Standing as an elected member of the MRC is a great way to make a difference to our sport and be involved directly in how it is run. Committee members are expected to attend around 4 meetings per year, and to play an active role in the administration of the discipline in between meetings.

If you are interested in standing, please feel free to contact the Secretary (Acting), Siobhan Urquhart, or the Chair, Stan Missen – or any of the current Committee who can give you more information.

If you have an item for the ACM agenda, please submit that to the Secretary (Acting) by 1st June, supported by signatures of two full members of British Canoeing.  Other items may be discussed at the meeting at the Chairman’s discretion.

A Tribute to James Smythe

This week the marathon racing community said farewell to James Smythe.  On Saturday we held the first British National Short-Course Championships.  This event was James’s brainchild, and he put all the initial planning into place last year, continuing to work on it for as long as he was able, before handing over the responsibility to Evan Shephard and the rest of the Marathon Racing Committee.  Thanks to James, and all those who took part, this was a spectacular event, with the best of British marathon racing on show – along with the best in the world, as James had also arranged for the current World Champion, Jose Ramalho, to come over from Portugal.  With un-forecasted wall-to-wall sunshine, James’s presence was felt throughout the day, and particularly so when his wife Katie and son Ollie came for the afternoon and presented the new trophies – in James’s name – to the first National Champions.

On Tuesday, many of us were together again at James’s funeral.  As people walked in to the chapel, someone was overheard to say “I never knew he was such a figurehead in his sport”, and that’s exactly what he was.

As well as being a high-class paddler, James was also instrumental in helping shape and develop the sport, particularly through the MRC.  Having first joined it in 2006, James took on many roles during his MRC years.  An innovative and progressive thinker, he constantly pushed for the organisation to keep moving forward, but always with the athletes and the sport at the forefront.

He supported paddlers of all levels and all ages and was a vociferous advocate for athlete development – both juniors and seniors.  He worked hard to ensure the sport kept developing to be more inclusive, whilst never detracting from the competitive level.  This included the para class at the Short Course Championships, and initiatives to improve the sport for women and girls.  He recognised the part played by masters paddlers and helped and supported the development of their GB team.

As chair of the selectors James navigated the, often difficult, selection process with a calm charm, and that ever-present smile.  He was instrumental in moving the selection policy forward and improving trust between selectors and athletes, whilst always keeping the balance between athlete development and fair selections in mind. He changed the format of the selection events and developed the shape of the committee to bring in both athlete and independent representatives.  As team manager, no one was more supportive or fun to be with, in often tense and heart-breaking situations.  He could always put disappointment back into perspective and ensure, above all, racing for your country at any level was both an honour and fun.

Behind the scenes (and as one of the younger and more technically experienced MRC members) he helped modernise the MRC’s procedures and operating systems, pushing forward technological and digital developments, including involvement in the HRM system and the MRC website.  As Secretary he ensured the MRC is one of the most efficiently and correctly run of British Canoeing’s disciplines.  For those of us left behind, both on the MRC and in the sport, we have a very hard act to live up to, but we will endeavour to continue his work and maintain his high standards.  But our loss is nothing compared to that of Katie, Ollie and the rest of his family.