Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by British Canoeing

Prudhoe and Carlisle

Plese note that Prudhoe will run on Sat 13th April (organiser Nicky Cresser), and Carlisle will run on the day after, Sunday 14th April, organised by Zoe Southern.

So another opportunity for a whole weekend of paddling and racing suitable particularly for the less confident. All tyoes of boats welcome. The events will be both wavehopper and regional races. 

 

Latest News Update

We have the last Barrow Race of the season next Saturday 9th March at the Boathouse, Barrow on Soar  - always a great event  so please come along and join us. 

The following weekend of 16th & 17th March we have the Dart English Open on the Saturday and Sunday. Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club ares running a novice sprint race within the Dart National weekend. It will be based at the sprint course in the Dart Country Park, suitable for very new novice paddlers, and good place to start learning about white water. First runs will be at 2pm. WYCC will be at the country park for practice runs from 10am and are willing to help anyone that needs it, please let us know in advance.

Apologies - will have to postpone the Burrs - North West paddlers (and any one else who wishes to join us) please get in touch and We'll reschedule for slightly later in the spring - if we get prepared can pick a weekend when there's some rain! Many thanks,  We do have the Barrow Summer Series being planned so we will be developing more races in the NW.

The Regional & National RAnkings have been updated and can be found here 

More details on Facebook "Wildwater Racing for Fun

Selection Committee 2019

GB selection committee for 2019 is as follows:

James Wingfield (chair)

Andrew Jackson (Jacko - freestyle chair)

Kelso Riddell (Sca)

Howard Blackman

Mark Burton

The committee will meet on Wednesday 24th April 2019.

Advance Notice

We have the Nene White Water Wavehopper Race coming up on Sunday 14th April. Always a great event - excellent course for novices and experienced paddlers alike so please come along and join us :-)

Selection Details 2019

2019 Selection Details

Selection will take place at HPP. Schedule as follows:

 Practice time Fri 19April 17.30 – 19.30 and Sat 20 Apr 08.00 – 10.00

 Sprint races will take place between 17.00 and 19.00, with warm up time approx. 17.00 – 17.30.

 Classic race Sunday 20 April approx. 09.00 start with warm up time from 07.00.

 Race times are approx. depending on number of entries.

All registrations must be in before Saturday 6th April 2019.

You need to enter even if you have registered.

All entries must be in before Saturday 13th April 2019. Late entries may be allowed at a cost of £2.50 extra but there is no guarantee due to limited water time.

No late registration will be permitted.

Cost for the weekend regardless of adult or junior or how many races you do, or how many practice slots you attend will be £25.00 each. NOTE this does not include any car parking fees.

The exact course as determined by James Wingfield as the chair of the selection committee is as follows:

The start is where the sports pitches end and the open fields begin about 600m below Lady Bay bridge, directly opposite where Trent lane meets the river with a brick arched culvert to the end of the Daleks.

Sprint Start at the exit of the 1st pool below the drop in and finish below the final stopper at the entrance to the pool before the Daleks.

The selection committee will meet on Wed 24 April.

Entries and any queries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Selection Policy Consultation

Following agreement at the ACM to consult further regarding selection policy, amendments to the ranking matrix and actual paddler selection have been suggested as below.

Selection is available to anyone meeting the eligibility and competency requirements above.

Each class will be considered, and ranked, separately.

Paddlers will be ranked using one or more selection races. This will be done by awarding points. 

Points for 1st

25

Points for 2nd

19

Points for 3rd

14

Points for 4th

10

Points for 5th

7

Points for 6th

5

Points for 7th

4

Points for 8th

3`

Points for 9th

2

Points for 10th

1

Points for 11th

0

Only those seeking selection will be included in the ranking points system. Unless it has been stated that the same selection rankings will be used to select for multiple target races i.e. World Championships and European Championships, selection for each target race will be considered separately and the ranking will be for that target race only.
 
Ranking points will be awarded based on the results from a single race or the total points from a series of races. The higher the points score the higher the ranking. If this results in a tie, then the cumulative % behind the winner will be used to differentiate the athletes, with the lowest sum of % from each selection race giving the better ranking.

Example

Athlete A results - 5th at 4.1%, 7th at 6.7% = 11pts and cumulative % = 10.8%

Athlete B results - 4th at 3.9%, 10th at 8.3% = 11pts and cumulative % = 12.2%

Athlete A will have a higher ranking.

If this still results in a tie, or selection is based on only a single race and there is a tie, then the selection committee will decide the outcome based on supporting information available at the meeting. Reference can be made but is not limited to: (in no particular order) 

- Position in the second sprint run

- The current national ranking of the the athletes

- Athlete development

- Recent progress and development of the athletes

- Overall objectives of the target even 

- Fit within the 4 year plan

- Coaches feedback and supporting information

- Trip size and resources available 

Please let us know your views on this. Amendments have been made taking into account comments received from the ACM and the resulting consultation. All comments need to be sent by email no later than 31st Jan 2019 to:

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Selection race 2019

2019 Selection Details

 Selection will take place at HPP. Schedule as follows:

 Practice time Fri 19 April 17.30 – 19.30 and Sat 20 Apr 08.00 – 10.00

 Sprint races will take place between 17.00 and 19.00, with warm up time approx. 17.00 – 17.30.

 Classic race Sunday 20 April. Approx. 09.00 start with warm up time from 07.00.

 

Exact race start  times are approx. depending on number of entries.

All registrations must be in before Saturday 6th April 2019.

You need to enter even if you have registered.

All entries must be in before Saturday 13th April 2019. Late entries may be allowed at a cost of £2.50 extra but there is no guarantee due to limited water time.

No late registration will be permitted.

Cost for the weekend regardless of adult or junior or how many races you do, or how many practice slots you attend will be £25.00 each. NOTE this does not include any car parking fees.

The exact course will be determined by James Wingfield as the chair of the selection committee and this will be published shortly.

The selection committee will meet on Wed 24 April.

Entries and any queries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dart National Race

Please note new date of 16th and 17th March, deferred from January.

National Prize-giving and ACM

Lovely day at the North Tyne yesterday and great to see so many athletes racing. Congratulations to all our National Prize winners and well done to everyone who won their category on the North Tyne.

We had good input at the ACM - Many thanks to Julie Lewis, Hon Secretary, Simon Wright, Treasurer and the whole Exec for putting it all together. I'm delighted to say we had an excellent review of our four year plan and ambitions for the sport and will be entering a period of consultation - taking input and ideas on where people would really like us to focus. As well as for GB we have also taken into account the direction being set by the worldwide WWR community and shared by the ICF at the Nations Meeting in Switzerland this summer.

There will also be a short consultation to fnalise our selection policy now that registration is open. All of these documents are on the website in Committee Downloads. All comments welcome please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Finally thanks to Julie Lewis and her team for organising a great race and to the George Hotel Chollerford for their hospitality and hosting the ACM. :-)

GB Selection Registration Open

The registration for selection for Great Britain teams is now open.


All registrations must be in before Saturday 6th April 2019.

In order to register your intention, you will need to be logged into the WWR website. To register you must provide:

  • Email address (this will be used to contact you with the results of selection and it is your responsibility to ensure it is correct)
  • Mobile phone number
  • Date of birth
  • A copy of your passport and
  • A passport sized photograph


The photo and a copy of your passport should be sent to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within two weeks of registering. (Note: this is not required if you competed for GB in 2018).

When entering please state which class(es) you wish to be considered for and in which competitions. You can enter a maximum of two classes in each competition e.g. K1/C2;C1/C2; K1/C1. This does not include team events. If you wish to enter more than one class you can use the "Add Guest" button to create another registration form.

For the world cups please state if you wish to be considered for world cups 3 and 4 in China.

As a selected athlete you will potentially be required to compete in the team event, which will be at the direction of the team manager.

Please read the selection policy and junior and senior competency requirements before registering. Selection will take place a few days after the selection race. Once notified you will be required to accept or decline your place within seven days of selection being announced.


For selected athletes a contribution/deposit will be required within seven days of selection being announced. WWR will subsidise Great Britain Teams, with the Senior Worlds and Junior Worlds being the focus events. World Cup, U23s and Europeans representation will be self-funding and self-supporting.

Competitions are as follows:

  • SENIOR WORLD SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPS 24 – 29 Sept La Seu D’Urgell, Spain
  • SENIOR WORLD CUPS 1-2.  6 - 10 June Treignac/Vezere France
  • SENIOR WORLD CUPS 3-4 11 – 16 Dec Lu Chiu City, Salween, China
  • SENIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 14 – 18 May 2019 Soca, Kobraid, Bovec
  • JUNIOR AND U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 24 -29 June 2019 Banja Luka

Any problems with registration need to be communicated to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  prior to registration close, and we will try to rectify any issues.