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

Win a race boat

Olivia Churchill has generously donated her ex-race boat to be awarded as a prize at the Dee race weekend.

It's a class 8 Clipper, white deck with kevlar carbon hull in good condition with all fittings (including airbags and deck cover). 

The boat will be awarded to the best team result. This is an opportunity to get a great boat for your club to help up and coming paddlers. As a world junior champion in classic team herself, it seemed a fitting way to decide who should recieve the boat.

There is plenty of time to hone your team eventing skills before the race weekend, so heres looking forward to some close racing. Make sure you have some space to take it home!

The team race will use the following format:

  1. Any three boats can enter, mixed gender and classes are allowed (including open boats, creek boats etc).
  2. Team course is bottom of Serpents Tail to top of town falls (short course)
  3. Handicaps will be based upon the slowest boat's time in team from the individual races.
  4. Handicap is based upon race time from Serpents tail start to the finish. For full course racers a split will be taken to give this time.
  5. All team members must have competed in the individual race to be considered for the grand prize.


MURAU Junior & U23 Worlds now Successfully Completed

Murau Wildwater Junior and U23 World Championships are now successfully completed. Team GB had a great time at an outstanding competition.

In the Sprint racing we had the exitement of racing through the centre of the picturesque Austrian town. It was a great finale with the Sprint individual events - Calum Gingell put in an extremely strong performance in the sprint finishing in 8th place overall - a massive improvement on his 15th place at the end of the heats the previous day. 

Calum's view ” This has been an absolutely fantastic experience. It’s been a good experience. It’s been an opportunity to practice the same river at different levels and has proved interesting during competition as well.”

 We had equally tight racing in the Ladies U23 C1, with Rachel Houston only just missing out on a Bronze medal. Rachel did really well, learning from the huge challenge the team had with water levels rising from 25 Cumecs to 145 Cumecs between the Friday and Monday with huge trees being washed down the course (dropping back to around 55-45 Cumecs durning the event as the river gradually returned to normal!)

Rachel said: “It has been a really good week. It’s been a great opportunity to come out and practice the water at so many varying levels. River reading skills were definitely tested in the classic. Enjoyed the fluctuating river levels – it’s like three rivers in one – a bargain. I now know the difference between crocodiles and trees."

We has some oh-so-close moments where a few hundredths of a second really mattered, reinforcing the competitiveness of the racing. In Canoe Singles U23 Ryan Hunt moved up the rankings in both Classic and Sprint. Will Fotheringham in C1 Juniors wasn't able to repeat his outstanding first run in the heats and so narrowly missed out on the finals. Both Jodie Ball and Lois Leaver also narrowly missed out on the finals by the narrowest of margins, and have learned so much from the event. 

Ryan said of the event: “ being out at the U23 worlds has given me a fantastic opportunity to paddle on some very big water and with C1 paddlers from other countries. The support from paddlers and coaches all over the world is superb and these competitions provide experience and opportunities that are difficult to rival. 

In the team events everyone delivered creditable performances - with lots of room for thought about how to improve for next year. All our Athletes did Team GB proud.

Phil Dean as Team Manager and Mags Dilai did a fantastic job managing the team. We also had a huge amount of parental and coaching support which made a huge difference.

Some views from the Parents, which we all I think share: “It has been a physical and emotional roller coaster as always but lots of determination and resilience from all. What a great team.” ;  “It has been fantastic to have new paddlers and parents involved. It has provided an excellent opportunity for paddlers on much higher water levels than usual, that we rarely get back home, and I’m really glad that paddlers have absolutely maximised the opportunity to practice in such conditions.” ; “unless it’s over the phone box at Aberfeldfy we can’t compete with these water levels at home"

Everyone has made new friends and new connections within the Wildwater Community and planning for next year has already started. 

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GB Senior World Championship Team 2017

Message from Head Coach - GB World Championship Team 2017

It is my absolute pleasure to announce the Great Britain Team for the 2017 World Sprint Championships in Pau this coming September.

With a current World Champion and also an Olympic Silver Medallist in the talent pool competition was high. Of note I would like to congratulate the three juniors who achieved senior selection showing the positive transition and rapid improvements, which has also been evident from the high competion now in the U23 class.

Can I thank all that helped with the organisation on the day, to make the event so professional.

 Mens K1
 Jonnie Schofield
Calum Gingell 
 Rob Jefferies
Mike Rees-Clark
Ladies K1
Hannah Brown
Victoria Murray
Lydia Oxtoby
Laura Milne
Louise Revell (Reserve/Forerunner)
Mens C1
Ryan Hunt
Andrew Houston
William Fotheringham
Ladies C1
Rachel Houston
Mens C2
Mike Rees-Clark/Ryan Hunt
Ladies C2
Louise Revell/Rachel Houston
Coaching Staff
Paul Anderson
Carl Foody
Neil Stamps

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


Message from Paul Anderson, Head Coach and James Wingfield, Chairman of Selectors: Selection for Great Britain Teams 2017

It is my pleasure to announce the following selections for Great Britain Teams -

Under 23 World Championships, July - Austria
· Sandy Fotheringham MK1
· Ricky Miller MK1
· Alex Sheppy MK1
· Conner Turner MK1
· Victoria Murrey WK1
· Louise Revell WK1
· Rachel Slade WK1
· Kasia Chemil WK1
· Rachel Houston WC1
· Andrew Houston MC1
· Ryan Hunt MC1
· Raoull Chappell MC1
· Houston/McAleenan MC2
· Revell/Houston WC2

Junior World Championships, July-Austria
· William Fotheringham MC1
· Laura Milne WK1
· Lois Lever WK1
· Lucy Brown WK1
· Jodie Ball WK1
· Calum Gingell MK1
· Spencer Armstrong MK1
· Michael Denvir MK1
· Freddy Brown MK1

European Championships - Bosnia-May
· Grant Underwood MK1

Senior World Cup, June-Switzerland/Germany
· Nicky Cresser MK1
· Mike Reece-Clark MK1
· Phil Dean MK1
· Rob Jefferies MK1
· Ricky Miller MK1
· Sandy Fotheringham MK1
· Conner Turner MK1 (Reserve)
· Victoria Murrey WK1
· Laura Milne WK1
· Louise Revell WK1
· Lydia Oxtoby WK1
· Rachel Slade WK1
· Mags Dilai WK1
· William Fotheringham MC1
· Andrew Houston MC1
· Ryan Hunt MC1
· Rachel Houston WC1
· Houston/Revell WC2

Selection for the World Championships will be held at Bala in June.

The Coaching Team and the Selection Committee were impressed by the high level of competition for this years teams and the obvious rise in standards year on year, and we are delighted to be able to select a national team that will be both competitive and striving to improve.

I look forward to the coming competitions and results. Can I extend a massive well done to ALL athletes that competed at Grandtully.

Handy Tip for Race Organisers

A message from Becky Lovatt, British Canoeing Digital Communications Officer: 

I thought this might be useful. I've created a template for posters which you can add in your own photos, etc in a simple drag and drop format.

If you don't use Canva, it's a great tool for designing social media bits, posters, etc and it's free to use. I've also attached our logo and swoosh for you to use. Our red and blue colour codes can be found below also.

red colour: db0626

blue colour: 0e367c

You don't have to use it, I just thought it might be useful :)