Organisers won't accept your entry, or give it any priority, until they get your card and your cheque. DON'T email them "to book a place", you are wasting their time and your own.

Kimberley Woods at Lee Valley - picture © Malcolm Cook



Pictures from HPP by Eleri Tunstall: SATURDAY>  SUNDAY>

Email your best slalom action photos to .


9 - 10 Sep Cardington Interclubs      16 Sep British Open Qualification
10 Sep Hatfield Div 4/O     Shepperton Div 3/4
        Marple Div 3/4
      17 Sep British Open Finals
        Lee Valley Legacy Div 2
        Shepperton Div 3/4
        Marple Div 3/4

All 2017 Results>

Cody Brown at HPP - picture © Malcolm Heaven. MORE>

Boats Stolen from Sharks

We have had two slalom boats stolen, details are on THIS LINK>

If you see these boats or know anything about where they might be, please contact us as soon as possible. They are used regularly for our youngsters and this is a massive loss to the Club.

07951 770241

Vacancies at Canoe Wales

National Performance Manager

Canoe Wales is seeking an experienced manager to provide inspirational leadership to the Canoe Wales performance programme for Slalom, Sprint and Paracanoe.

National Performance Coach (Canoe Slalom)

We are also currently seeking a National Performance Coach to provide elite level coaching and training support for our National slalom programme athletes.



A big thank you to everyone at Interclubs for your generosity this weekend. We raised a massive £500 for Darren Cresser! Thank you! See you all next year!



Coping with Numbers in Div 1

Quite a few Div 1 races have been oversubscribed. It's debateable how big a problem this is: not that many "waiting list" applicants haven't got a race. But help me with ideas about managing it.

We could:

1 Get Div 1 numbers down. How?

Demote more:

Demote from below a higher cut-off line? You have to go very high to make much difference and the demotees would take up lots of the next year's promotion places.

Redefine “short season” to promoted after 31st July? This would make a big difference, because as things are we can't demote weak paddlers who got early promotion, even though they've had most of the season to scrape up points.

Slow down promotions from Div 2

Higher points targets

Fewer Div 2 races (because Div 2s have an awful lot of points-getting opportunities)

Promote more to Prem. Controversial, and reasonable lower promotion targets would only move a small number.

2 Have more Div 1 races (but then paddlers will just go to more races and fill them up anyway)

3 Increase capacity at races

The only way I can see to do this is to abolish practice.


Championship Format in Prem

This year there has been much discussion about the Championship race format that was agreed at the ACM last year (top x from first run to final, top y from second run to final, remaining results based on second run only or first run if only first run completed).

At the Bala Prem races 30 Sep / 1 Oct we plan to trial two other race formats:

On Saturday - top 7 from first run to final, top 3 from second run to final, remaining results based on best of both runs.

On Sunday – top 10 from first run to final, remaining results based on best of both runs.

Following the Bala race a poll will be opened where paddlers can answer some questions and select their preferred race format with the results shared at the ACM in November.

Please contact me if you have any questions ().

Mark Abbott

Simplifying Vets

At the moment, Vets is startlingly complicated. How about simplifying things like this:

All Vets are in one division

Registered Vets can enter a competition at any level (at their discretion!)

Points are calculated by comparison with K1M.

If it has to be more complicated than that, there must be reasons. But the people who should decide are the Vets themselves. Chip in on THIS THREAD>

Llandysul Division 1, Pan Celtic, British Junior & Vet Champs 7/8 October

This race is fast approaching and looking very full. We have tried to fit in as many people as possible but due to October daylight hours we can't fit everyone in, sorry. If you are unable to race, please email as soon as possible and we can free up your slot.

If you have any perpetual trophies for the British Junior or Vet Champs Please bring them to Llandysul or pass them to Gareth Bryant at Interclubs or the British Open.


Tees Barrage Prem/1 14/15 Oct

Saturday's Prem race is full - any further entries will be added to a waiting list and contacted if there are any withdrawals. There are a few places still available for the Div 1 race at the moment. If you are not able to race either day please get in touch as early as possible and release your place for someone else.

Tees Barrage Safety Forms

Important: Before getting on the water, ALL paddlers must have completed the centre's Medical Consent and Risk Declaration Form AND must sign in at the centre each day that they are paddling.

You only have to complete the form once, so if you have paddled at Tees Barrage previously they should have your details – but please contact the centre to confirm this if you are not sure (Tel: 01642 678000).

If this is your first time at Tees Barrage you must:

1. Download and complete the centre’s Medical Consent and Risk Declaration Forms.

2. Return these to TBIWWC before the event. The address is on the bottom of the forms. Mark the envelope Tees Barrage Slalom Safety Forms.

This must be done before you get on the water at the event. The start list will be cross checked with the centre’s record of paddlers and anyone not completing the required information risks disqualification!

To make life easier for everyone (you, us and the centre) please complete your paperwork in advance of the weekend and sign in when you arrive each day.

Brecon Div 3/4 4/5 November Cancelled

The planned Div 3/4 race in Brecon on 4-5 November has been cancelled due to a lack of personnel to organise it. Many apologies for any inconvenience.

Steve Rayner

World Cups

 15-18 Jun World Cup 1 - Prague
  K1M - K1W - C1M - C1W - C2
22-25 Jun World Cup 2 - Augsburg
  K1M - K1W - C1M - C1W - C2
29 Jun-2 Jul World Cup 3 - Markkleeberg
  K1M - K1W - C1M - C1W - C2
21 Aug-3 Sep World Cup 4 - Ivrea
  K1M - K1W - C1M - C1W - C2
7 - 10 Sep World Cup 5 - Seu d'Urgell
  K1M - K1W - C1M - C1W - C2

Inclusion in British Canoeing's England Talent Programme

Any new athlete wishing to be considered for inclusion onto the England Talent Programme will need to register their interest by completing THIS FORM> no later than 12:00 noon on Friday 22nd Sept 2017.

Full detail is contained within the England Programme Inclusion document which can be found via THIS LINK>

Darren Cresser

On Saturday 15th July, Darren was involved in an extremely serious accident. He came off his bike resulting in life changing injuries.

Darren was airlifted to Leeds general infirmary in a critical condition, with multiple serious injuries. Surgery was unsuccessful: Darren’s spinal cord had severed and he will be paralysed from the waist down. He also suffered two collapsed lungs, a broken neck, fractured skull, fractures to his face, broken jaw, shattered right shoulder blade, broken right collarbone and major nerve damage to his right arm.

Darren and Emma will need to make extensive and expensive changes to their home, to make it suitable for Darren’s return. This is where you can help. Fundraising will now begin with the help of you all, but feel free to contribute to Darrens fund at any point.


When it is a 50

Some part of the boat must be in the gate when the paddler's head passes through. If not:

Gate Penalty Reason
2 50 no boat

But the paddler can return, make a second attempt and clear the 50 provided that the original attempt was in the right direction and they have not touched or negotiated a following gate. If there was a touch on the "no boat" passage, the 2-second penalty remains.

By the way: this one can be really hard to spot.

A guide for paddlers and judges>

Photo stolen from the judging guide produced by Canoe Slalom New Zealand

British Canoeing - Canoe Slalom

International Panel Statement – 8th June 2017: 2018 Selection Series Information

The International Panel has been considering the options for 2018 selection across Junior, U23 and Senior Teams and this statement confirms the 2018 selection venues.


Slalom Posters

We are happy to publish a miniature on this page, linked to your bigger poster. The miniature will be small. Keep pictures and text big and bold!


Entering On-line at

The following races are open for on-line entry:

30 Sep/1 Oct Graveyard Prem, 7/8 Oct Llandysul Div 1, Pan Celtic, Vet and Junior Champs, 14/15 Oct Symonds Yat Div 2/3, 21/22 Oct Shepperton Div 2/3, 28/29 Oct HPP Div 1/2

Did You Know? You can see all your online entries by logging in to and clicking “My Entries” in the menu bar (top right).

Draft Calendar for 2018

Here, for information, is the (far from complete) draft calendar for 2018>

Jim Croft

Jim has been taken into hospital with heart trouble and breathing problems, and asks me to let people know that for the time being he can't help with anything. If it's a promotion certificate you're looking for please visit - only out-of-date certificates ask you to contact Jim, anyway.

Senior, U23 & Junior Team 2017

2017 Great Britain Senior, U23 and Junior Teams

England Slalom Programme Inclusion Criteria - Winter 2017-2018

Available via this link on the British Canoeing website under the Talent Slalom tab.

What to do if you get promoted

When you start racing in your new division, points will not be credited to you until you apply for a bib.

Send to the Bib Officer for your new division:

Your old bib (you are swapping your old bib for your new one. You don't need to send a cheque or a bib voucher)

A note requesting promotion. List your qualifying points and where you got them

A large, strong SAE with at least £1.22 postage on it - please use a C4 envelope.

A copy of the bib application form, filled in

And PLEASE make sure you put enough postage on!

You will only get your promotion certificate after you apply for your bib, so don't wait for it!


Get Reinstated

Used to paddle slalom? Reckon you could still kick .....? Why not get reinstated and race again? Or you'd like to have a shot at another class, or you're just a good paddler who's never got into slalom, here's a form to make applying for reinstatement/ranking easy.

Minutes of Committee Meetings

2017   2016
30 Jul
20 May
17 Mar
22 Jan
     27 Nov
ACM 26 Nov
29 Oct
9 Jul


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Last updated 21/09/2017