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

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

Discretionary Selection

Please note that Jiri Tykal has applied for discretionary selection.

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British Canoeing signs broadcast deal with Sky Sports

British Canoeing has announced the launch of Go Canoe! - a brand new series of eight programmes featuring canoeing that will be broadcast on Sky Sports throughout this summer. The programmes will focus on the British athletes as they compete in the International Canoe Federation Slalom and Sprint World Cup events. The series will also include tutorials - introducing the various disciplines within the sport, together with magazine features about clubs, trails, adventures and athletes. Go Canoe! is being produced by Hit the Roof, with magazine contributions produced by MediaPack.
David Joy, chief executive of British Canoeing said: “I am delighted that we have been able to work with Sky Sports to create this series of programmes. Go Canoe! will really showcase the excitement and breadth of Canoeing to a wide audience and is another step forward in the delivery of our new strategy Stronger Together.”
Hannah Brown, a two time World Champion in wild water racing, will feature in one of the episodes of Go Canoe! and is delighted that the sport will be aired on the Sky Sports channels. “It is fantastic news that canoeing, including my discipline of wild water racing, will receive some brilliant exposure on Sky Sports. It really shows that there is an interest and a demand for canoeing on a national scale. It has been great to be involved in the series and have the opportunity to showcase wild water racing to the wider public who may not have seen or heard much about the sport before. I can’t wait for people to see how exciting and diverse the sport is. Such coverage is vital to the sport and hopefully will encourage more people to give it a go.”
The first Go Canoe! show will be broadcast on Sky Sports on Monday 24th July. The full schedule is as follows:
  • Programme 1 - 24 July 2017 21:00
  • Programme 2 - 31 July 2017 22:30
  • Programme 3 - 7 August 2017 22:00
  • Programme 4 - 14 August 2017 22:00
  • Programme 5 - 21 August 2017 21:00
  • Programme 6 - 28 August 2017 21:00
  • Programme 7 - 04 September 2017 21:00
  • Programme 8 - 11 September 2017 21:00

Pau Worlds Official Bulletin

Please find the first event bulletin from the French Federation of Canoe/ Kayak for the World Championships in Pau this September

Dear sport friends, Please find enclosed the information bulletin. Feel free to contact me if you have any question. Thanks in advance, Kind regards, Service Evénements / Events Department
+33 1 45 11 08 66 / +33 6 64 02 95 25
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Bulletin PDF

Your opportunity to influence the membership review at the British Canoeing Summer Roadshow

Your opportunity to influence the membership review at the British Canoeing Summer Roadshow

British Canoeing is going on the road this summer to present an update on the recent membership review and to discuss the proposals around changes to the membership programme.

As part of the new four-year strategic plan for the sport Stronger Together attracting new members to British Canoeing and improving member engagement and satisfaction is one of our key ambitions.

British Canoeing has been working with the sports agency Two Circles to deliver the membership review and support the organisation’s ambition to grow membership from 33,000 to 75,000 by 2021.  The review also aims to improve membership satisfaction and retention levels.

Ahead of the Roadshow British Canoeing and Two Circles have provided headline information for members on the findings of the review, including:

  • Current membership demography - who is currently a member
  • Why do people have membership – including quotes from members
  • Feedback from research – membership survey and focus groups
  • Membership proposals - what would we like to do

The roadshow events will run through these areas in more detail and will provide an opportunity for members to ask questions about the proposals and provide feedback.

To view the membership review slides and sign up for one of the roadshow events please visit the British Canoeing website.


Robert Knott
Head of Marketing and Communications

Tel: 0115 8966582
Mobile: 07702 569335
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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