Ryan Mallon training at Tully - picture © Gillian Denvir


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Update from the Slalom Committee

We know that people are keen to return to some kind of normality.

We had hoped that by now we would be having meaningful conversations about the resumption of some form of racing. However, the reality is that at present there is currently no possibility of running a slalom in Scotland or Wales, under the government guidance; and in England it would be difficult to run a slalom in a Covid-secure environment. As such we cannot currently see how we can organise or encourage the organisation of a competition.

We will continue to monitor the position and will report again when the guidance changes or by the end of August, whichever is earlier. In the interim, if you do have plans to organise an event, we strongly advise you to get in touch with Peter Curry or Dave Spencer who can provide further guidance.

Stay safe

Slalom Committee, 2 August 2020

2020 Oscars

Given the significant impact that COVID-19 has had on racing in 2020, this year's Oscars has been cancelled. All being well, we hope to be able to hold the Oscars at the end of 2021 instead.

Deborah Catty
Secretary, Slalom Committee

Racing Season to Extend Over Two Years

After further thought, the committee has decided to have a combined 2020/2021 racing season. No further ranking races will be held in 2020, but this will allow paddlers to carry over points earned in the early part of this year and we expect a full programme of races in 2021. MORE>

About Bibs...

Paddlers will (with the exception of the handful who were promoted) have the same bibs for 2021 as for 2020. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR BIB THIS YEAR - there is no point, since you would just get the same bib back again next year. We will need a "bib application" next year, which can probably be done on line.

British Canoeing has suspended all events up to 31st July (that is, sprint, marathon etc as well as slalom). MORE>

Reilly Vernon training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Scott Ritchie training at Pinkston - picture © Gillian Denvir

Sam Moss training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Dave Royle training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Olivia Alderson training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Laura Pottinger - Slalom Inspires - picture © Kim Jones.
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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!



Tokyo Olympics

The Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 2021.

The athletes selected so far are:

Liam Heath: Sprint Men’s K1 200m
Mallory Franklin: Slalom Women’s C1
Kimberley Woods: Slalom Women’s K1
Adam Burgess: Slalom - Men’s C1
Bradley Forbes-Cryans: Slalom - Men’s K1

C1 Development

Have a look at Dan Goddard's C1 Canoe Slalom Technique Website>

Get Reinstated or Ranked

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

3 Jun   1 Apr   1 Feb
1 Dec   ACM 30 Nov   3 Nov
4 Aug   18 May   30 Mar
    2 Feb    

International Panel – Covid-19 Update – 30th July 2020

Ever since the escalation of Covid-19 in March which resulted in the ongoing restrictions and cancellation of all domestic and International races to date, the International Panel (IP) has been working hard to provide clarity for athletes in an ever evolving landscape.

On 2nd July British Canoeing announced that due to the ongoing health concerns, uncertainty if competitions will take place and no domestic competition yet scheduled for a selection process, no representative teams will be selected for the 2020 International season. MORE>

2020 Junior, U23 and Senior Selection Policies>

World Class Programme Qualification Policy>

Boat Found

I've found a kayak in the bush on the Winfield pool at HPP. It looks like it's not been used in some time with a good amount of moss and leaves inside it. I have had no joy posting on facebook to find its owner. If it's yours, contact . There is a laminated card inside the boat with some personal paddling aims/reminders on it to help identify the owner.

Anton Lippek

Technical Coach Wanted for S&S

Stafford & Stone CC is seeking to appoint a Technical Coach to facilitate development of a partnership with British Canoeing as a Talent Club Partner. MORE>

Matlock Slalom Course Returns

After months without a slalom course Matlock is back up and running as a slalom venue. MORE>

Back Editions


Free to a good home! Following a recent clear out, I’m looking to pass on a couple of collections of magazines to a good home.


1. More or less a complete set of “Canoe Focus” magazines from Summer 1983 to Spring 2015. Will contain reports & photo’s of all the major slalom events over that period.

2. A collection of the monthly “Canoeist” magazines, most of them in annual binders. There are a few from the 1980’s and I think a full set from August 1991 to March 2002. Canoeist was a general canoeing magazine but again it will include reports and some photo’s of the major slalom events as well as some lower division ones.

All available for free but you’ll have to arrange collection from Halesowen.
Andy Koszary
07523 068453

ICF "hopeful events can be held in 2020"

The International Canoe Federation remains hopeful there will be international canoe slalom, canoe sprint, paracanoe and wildwater events before the end of this year, following the latest ICF board meeting.

Organisers of canoe slalom world cups in Tacen, Slovenia, and Pau, France are continuing preparations for their events, scheduled for October and November.

The ICF and organisers are working on detailed operational plans with Covid 19 measures to enable athletes, coaches and staff to feel safe during the competitions. The board agreed it was important to do whatever it could to return to competition, but the health and safety of athletes and officials remains the number one priority.

Next year’s U23 and junior canoe slalom world championships in New Zealand has been cancelled. The ICF has also postponed its 2020 congress, which was scheduled for Manila in the Philippines in December. The ICF board voted to hold the next congress in March or April 2021.

Calendar Applications for 2021 - Revised Dates

Online Calendar Applications for 2021 are now live at

The deadlines for applications are:

Premier & Division 1 events by 1st May 1st July 2020

All other events by 1st July 1st September 2020

Covid Safety Guidelines for Paddling



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Last updated 04/08/2020