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

Requests for discretionary selection

Requests for discretionary selection have been received for the Senior World Championships by Nicky Cresser in MK1, Rachel Houston in WC1 and Rachel Houston/Louise Revell in WC2.

These matters will be passed to the selection committee for decision.

Any objections to these requests can be made up until  Monday 26th June at 17.00. These should be directed by email to:

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GB senior worlds selection 2017

World Cup Team Bulletin 2

Well done to all our Team GB athletes - some great performances with Nicky Cresser 7th overall in the Classic and three Sprint finalists. We wish them well as they prepare in Augsburg for next weekend's racing 

Thirteen athletes came to Muotathal in the Swiss Alps for the first race of the World Cup series at the course which will hold the World Championships next year.

Saturday saw the classic race on a roughly twelve minute long continuous section of whitewater through the alpine town of Muotathal, the course finishing with a tough rapid which would be the place for Sundays sprint races.

Nicky Cresser put is an excellent performance in a strong field usually only seen at World Championships to finish 7th, the best result in the K1M classic for a long time.
Laura Milne also put in an excellent debut performance as a current junior team member finishing 19th competing against senior athletes.

Sunday was the Sprint race just down the most technical and biggest white water at the end of the classic course with a section taking around one minute to complete. With rain from three in the morning the river changed dramatically overnight rising to a level where the race was almost cancelled. 
This posed a challenge for all the competitors who had no chance to practice on the river at this level.

After 1st Runs Nicky Cresser was in 6th narrowly missing a direct route to the final. Many British paddlers improved on their second runs and a very impressive three made the final, unfortunately Nicky could not reproduce his first run and missed out. The finalists were; Mike Rees-Clark in K1, Ryan Hunt in C1, and Rachel Houston in C1.

The high-pressure situation of the final showed and nobody managed to improve on the runs which got them into the finals. 
Ryan finished 11th, Mike finished 15th, and Rachel unfortunately was unable to complete the course.

Training begins Tuesday in Augsburg, Germany, where the team will look to build on their results.

ICF World Cups Switzerland formal blog

Wednesday and Thursday, Day 4&5 - many thanks to Robyn Webb

The river is now very busy with all the competing nations athletes wanting to nail that perfect run ready for the race. Some great runs for our athletes, you can't see much of the classic course, but the sprint course makes for great spectating.

Each day has consisted of splitting into two groups, either doing full runs of the course or concentrating on the sprint section. They are all racking up the number of runs and it's great to see confidence increase, with some strong runs by Rachel and Mags. Although the course is starting to take its toll on the boats and some TLC is required. But working as a team they've helped each other to repair and patch up where required.

The team are looking great as a whole on the water and are now looking at preparing themselves ready for the race days (refuel, rest, analysis of footage).

Team pic, please find here. (You may need to sign up to our Facebook page)Never thought a group of people would be so afraid of a picture considering the water they paddle. But nevertheless we managed to wrangle them up and make them half presentable. Good job they take great pictures in the water

Autumn Race Dates for your Diary

Whilst we are enjoying Summer - a few dates for your Autumn/ Winter Race Calendar - The Welsh Championships, will take place on the River Dee in Llangollen, Denbighshire on Saturday and Sunday 28th/ 29th October 2017. There will also be a regional classic race and a team race. A number of groups will be training and practicing over the weekend catering from all levels from development through to elite. There will be a shuttle service available on both days for anyone needing it.  
The Prize Giving will be in the Chain Bridge Hotel at 1700 where the Llangollen Cup is planned to be awarded by the Mayor, Mike Adams. This will be followed by an informal social dinner and ACM – all welcome.
Sharks Canoe Club are running the very popular Bucklers Hard Classic on 7th October and the Hamble Classic on 18th November. I'll be running the Irwell race at the Burrs Activity Centre on 15th October.
Details on the WWR Calendar


A message from Chris Ashcroft the organiser -Sorry to say that the Wagon Lane WWR planned for this weekend isn't going to happen. 
There just hasn't been enough rain for our little river to be paddlable. 
I'll try to organise something for later on in the year. (Thanks Chris)

ICF WWR World Cup Next Weekend - Good Luck to All our Athletes

 We have the ICF Senior World Cups coming up next weekend in beautiful Muotathal, Switzerland and the following weekend on the legendary white water course in Augsburg, Germany. A number of nations are coming fresh from their victories at the ECA European Championships at Skopje in Macedonia. Team GB are fielding a strong team of seasoned athletes together with new and developing talent.    

In Ladies Canoeing we have Rachel Houston in C1 partnering with Louise Revell in C2. Mens Canoeing we have Ryan Hunt, Andy Houston, Will Fotheringham. Mens Kayak; Nicky Cresser, Ricky Miller, Phil Dean, Rob Jefferies, Sandy Fotheringham, Mike Rees-Clarke (for details of Mike's travels please see FB!) Ladies Kayak; Lydia Oxtoby, Victoria Murray, Louise Revell, Laura Milne, Mags Nixon

For more details please see https://www.canoeicf.com/world-cup/muota-muotathal-2017 and https://www.facebook.com/wmmuota2018/ as well as as https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/ Wildwater Racing for Fun. 

The next racing will be the under 23 World Championships at Murau in Austria on 26 – 30 July followed by the World Championships at Pau in France at the end of September. 27 September 1 October https://www.canoeicf.com/world-championships/pau-2017-0 as well as https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/


European WWR Championships News

Just back from Skopje where Grant Underwood took part in his first full senior international competition at the European Wildwater Canoe Championships. He went out and helped by the Bosnian and Macedonian teams as the sole British representative, ably supported by his father, Neal. Grant put up creditable performances in Sprint and Classic and now go back to continue his studies at Loughborough. Great to meet up with Neal and Grant out there - 18 European Nations including Great Britain. Some cool photos of an amazing venue in Canyon Matka on "Wildwater Racing for Fun" . For more including the overall results please go to the European Canoe Association "Canoe Europe"  and ICF "Wildwater Canoe" Facebook Sites

Wagon Lane Race coming up on 4th June

Another for the calendar coming up. The Wagon Lane sprint being run by Bradford & Bingley Canoe Club on Sunday 4th June. A 370m sprint grade 1-2 Suitable for novices. Always a fun race. Please contact Chris Ashcroft This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more details