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

Barrow and Matlock Races Coming Up

A very Happy New Year to everyone

We have the next Barrow race this Saturday 7th January. Breakfast & check in from 9.00am. Briefing 10.15am. First Start 11am

The Saturday after is the Matlock race. Note this is also part of a National training weekend at Matlock and HPP.  More details of the training weekend can be found on our website and on FB or ask Jamie Christie. Please pre enter if possible.

90 medals for British Canoeing Athletes in 2016

Did you know that during 2016 British Canoeing athletes gained 90 medals at World and European competitions, comprising of 39 gold medals, 26 silver medals and 25 bronze medals?

2016 has been a spectacular year for British Canoeing with an array of outstanding performances across all disciplines. Two gold and two silver medals at Rio in the summer represented the best ever Olympic games for the British Canoeing team and a month later the Paracanoe team went one better, winning five medals, three gold and two bronze, medalling in all but one event.

Hannah Brown World Champion

The ICF World Championships, Banja Luka, Bosnia Herzegovina: 1st-5th June 2016 

Read more from the championships where Hannah Brown was crowned World Champion by clicking here.

Gold Medal: Hannah Brown (WK1)

Wild Water Racing Training Weekend

Incorporating Matlock Long Sprint Race.

Matlock/Nottingham 14th/15th January

Suitable for anyone interested in Wild Water Racing, all are welcome and we will tailor training to suit everyone.

Programme Saturday

  • 9.00-9.30am meet at Matlock registration, Artists Corner Car Park
  • 9.30am Intro and Theory of race pacing.
  • 10am on the water 3 runs plus paddle backs
  • 11.30am, 1st runs,12.30pm 2nd runs
  • 1.30pm to 2.00pm Lunch
  • 2.00pm – 4.00pm small groups up stream downstream practice and drills.

Programme Sunday

  • 7am Pool session at Portland Leisure Centre, Nottingham
  • 10am Nottingham Kayak Club Winter race
  • 11.30am Classroom Session
  • 12.30pm Lunch and home

If anyone is very keen we can organise and afternoon session on the Daleks on the White Water coarse early afternoon. White water coarse is open to Racing boats Sunday PM. There will be a charge of £15.00 per paddler which will include race entry and cover the pool cost on Sunday morning.

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Selection and 2017 Plans

Registration for selection is now open and available here. You will need to be logged in to register for selection. Registration for selection will automatically enter you for the selection event, there is no need to enter separately.

The selection policy can be downloaded here. The full details of the competence assessments are here for juniors and here for seniors & U23.

Selection for 2017 Great Britain teams (not World Championshipswill be at Grandtully on 22/23 April 2017

  • Rationale - The course is the most representative to that in nature and length.
  • Race Organiser – Under direction of Head Coach 
Selection for 2017 Sprint World Championships will be at Bala on 24th June 2017 (Alternative HPP 9th July)
  • Rationale – The course best reflects the high competence levels required at the event. 
  • Race Organiser – Under direction of Head Coach  

Competence & Performance Requirements

  • World Championships - Competency High, Performance Medium. (Target Event)
  • World Cup - Competency Medium, Performance Low. (Development Event)
  • Senior Europeans - Competency Medium, Performance Low. (Development Event)
  • Junior World Championships - Competency Medium. Performance Low (Target Event)
  • Under 23 Worlds - Competency Medium. Performance Low. (Development Event)
The 2017 increased competency rating for the World Championships reflect the more challenging course, and nature of the venues. Our rationale centres around we regard it appropriate that the athletes are expected to be of a standard to be able to cope with the courses for safety purpose. The ratings for the other events are appropriate for the events and rivers under normal water conditions. The performance standards for 2017 with the exception of the World Championships have been retained at low. The rationale for this is to maintain the momentum of increased numbers competing for selection, with a view to increased competition levels for available places, thus leading to higher standards as a greater number of athletes compete.
The increased level for the World Championships reflects the desire for continued performance progression and higher competition for places.   We have seen good evidence of this in the last year and it is vital that the momentum is maintained, to encourage participation and encourage transfer from across the paddle sport disciplines. The target events for 2017 should be the Senior Sprint World Championships and Junior World Championships. This allows for team event medal possibility to be developed over the coming year, which is the area identified as the highest potential for medal possibility.  The two events termed as development (World Cup/Under 23/European Champs) should be made available to paddlers not selected for the aforementioned events where athletes from the worlds team do not - 
  • elect to take places
  • do not meet the criteria (U23) 
  • or more places exist (world cup)

Coaching Team 2017

  • Head Coach –  Paul Anderson
  • Performance Director – Jamie Christie
  • National Coach – Nicky Cresser
  • National Coach – Grant Anderson
  • Senior Team Manager  – Paul Anderson
  • Junior Team Manager – Nicky Cresser
  • Regional Coach - Russ Smith
  • Regional Coach – Nigel Stevenson
  • Regional Coach – Ross Pearton
  • Regional Coach - Mackon Khela
  • Regional Coach – Carl Foody
  • Regional Coach – Fraser Gormal
  • Regional Coach – Cynthia Berry
  • Regional Coach – Neal Underwood
  • Regional Coach – Kevin Barrowbank 
Membership to the British Squad will reflect the performance standards as set. The basic ethos of membership is to develop those athletes who are committed to British Team Selection in the next 2 years or those who have been identified as having that potential. 
Squad Membership is defined as: 2016 British Team athletes, or invite by agreement of head coach/coaching team, but will be aimed at encouraging maximum participation. 
Attendance at squad training (see below for dates) is not mandatory but athletes are encouraged and attendance  will be a factor considered by the coaching team in selection recommendations. The nominated events will have members of the national coaching team to  lead and direct. 
Competency levels for GB selection will for the 2017 season be assessed at the respective selection events only for the senior world championships, and at selection events plus the Grandtully training camp in February for the other events. Carl Foody will undertake the role as core assessor with  the Head Coach as the designated “Controller” and co-assessor. Competence will thus be a part of selection, however the assessor may take into account recent (past 12 months) knowledge. 

Training Events

  • Coach Supported Event – Tour of the North November 2016 (PA/NC/CF/FG) 
  • SCA Xmas Squad Training – W/C 12th December (SCA Event but open invite) 
  • Nottingham – 14th – 15th January 2017 (GA/JC) 
  • Grandtully WWR & Squad Training – 15th- 19th February 2017 (NC/PA/CF/FG) 
Pau Training Camp - 8,9,10 March 2017. This camp will be self funded and self-organised regarding logistics. Application to attend will be made through the Head Coach. This event is designed to support athletes that can meet the HIGH competence rating at selection and are seeking World Championship Selection.

SCA Training Camp

SCA Training Camp WWR - Grandtully 12th-17th December 2016.

There will be coach supported training event, for WWR athletes the week commencing 12th December 2016 until Saturday 17th December.

National Coaches Paul Anderson & Carol Foody will be on site to organise and support athletes who aspire to GB team representation in the following season or next 3 years.

Paddlers should be self sufficient and capable of canoeing in WWR craft on grade 3/4 water. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult as coaches will not be present on the water at all times.

The week will focus on technical movinng water elements, and core training/preparation. There will be a fee of £10 per athlete.

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Latest British Canoeing Event Safety Management Advice

Best practice guidance is now available to coaches on the British Canoeing Website and through the Documents 'British Canoeing Terms of Reference' and British Canoeing Safety Guidelines for Paddlers, Clubs and Volunteers, with insurance issues also covered through the British Canoeing Insurance Micro Site.

 -        Matters specifically referenced within the British Canoeing Safety Guidelines for Paddlers, Clubs and Volunteers document include;

-        A guide to risk assessment                                                                              

-        A guide to risk management and risk assessment in Paddlesport                  

-        Guidance notes on generic and site/activity specific risk assessment            

-        Paddlesport Operational Considerations                                                        

-        Dynamic Risk Assessment in Paddlesport: The safe Person Concept          

-        Notifying incidents and accidents                                                                    


ACM Reminder

A quick reminder: The ACM is on 26th November 2016, approx17:00 (straight after the race on the Tyne Venue: Hexham canoe hut at the side of the green Hexham -