Rob Holdway,Isaac Wright and Oliver Carney at Interclubs - picture © Darren Ship


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All races up to 31st May cancelled

British Canoeing has suspended all events as a result of Coronavirus. MORE>

British Canoeing recommends that all paddlesport should cease

In the light of advice from the Environment Agency and the Canals and Rivers Trust, British Canoeing strongly recommends that all paddlesport activity should immediately cease on rivers, waterways and coastal areas until further notice.


Olympics Postponed to 2021

The IOC and Japanese organisers announced on Monday 30th that the Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 next year, while the Paralympics will be held between August 24 and September 5.

BOA and BC Confirm Olympic Selections

The British Olympic Association and British Canoeing have confirmed that the five canoeing athletes already nominated for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will remain as selected to represent Team GB at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games in July - August 2021.

Liam Heath MBE will compete at his third Olympic Games having won sprint bronze in the K2 200m alongside Jon Schofield in London and silver in Rio before being crowned Olympic Champion in the K1 200m four years ago. The four canoe slalom athletes selected - Mallory Franklin, Kimberley Woods, Adam Burgess, and Bradley Forbes-Cryans, will all make their Olympic debuts in Japan.

The announcement follows the unprecedented decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by 12 months, which required British Canoeing to consider and confirm with the BOA that they wished the five nominations to remain unchanged.

The maximum number of team places have been secured in slalom. Canoe sprint athletes have further opportunities to qualify additional Olympic quota places in 2021. Details of the qualification events are still to be confirmed by the International Canoe Federation.

The selected athletes are:

Liam Heath MBE : Canoe Sprint - Menís Kayak Single (K1) 200m

Mallory Franklin: Canoe Slalom - Womenís Canoe Single (C1)

Kimberley Woods: Canoe Slalom - Womenís Kayak Single (K1)

Adam Burgess: Canoe Slalom - Menís Canoe Single (C1)

Bradley Forbes-Cryans: Canoe Slalom - Menís Kayak Single (K1)

Kimberley Woods in her new boat - picture © Kim Jones

Edward McDonald at HPP
Picture © Malcolm Cook

Jim Wallis at the British Open
Picture © Malcolm Cook

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!



2020 Bib Applications

If you send your bib application in anything larger than a C5 envelope, or if it is a small envelope and the stuff inside makes it over 5mm thick, put a large letter stamp on it.

For the stamped addressed envelope you send for your bib:

Do put on at least £1.32 in postage.

Don't use a padded envelope. The extra thickness will make the envelope too thick for the "large letter" rate.

Don't use anything smaller than C4 (about 32cm x 22.5cm, the size that takes an A4 page unfolded). The extra fold we'll have to put in the bib will make the envelope too thick for the "large letter" rate.

Don't use one of those huge envelopes. They are too big for a "large letter".


C1 Development

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

England Slalom Team 2020

This team has been selected to represent England in Canoe Slalom in the 2020 Pan Celtic Cup Events.

Veterans Points

Following discussion and consultation towards the end of 2019, the Slalom Committee propose to trial a revised Veterans points system through the 2020 slalom season.

At each Veterans ranking competition two results tables will be created, using the existing points system and the trial points system. The Veterans rankings will show points gained under each system. MORE>

Minutes of Committee Meetings

1 Feb        
1 Dec   ACM 30 Nov   3 Nov
4 Aug   18 May   30 Mar
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British Canoeing Online Coaching Community of Practice

The British Canoeing coaching department will be running a weekly online coaching community of practice videos which you can sign up to and watch, a full news article can be found through clicking on the link HERE>

Join British Canoeing for the first of a weekly conversation connecting coaches from across the British Canoeing paddlesports community on Thursday 9th April, between 2 and 3pm.

Each week we will choose a coaching topic and discuss the implications and applications in various coaching contexts, sharing our experiences and learning. This week Craig Morris (Podium Technical Coach - Canoe Slalom) will be joined by Matt Lawrence (Technical Coach - Paracanoe), Luke Smyth (Southern Regional Pathway Coach - Canoe Slalom) and Imogen Collins (England National Talent Squad Coach - Canoe Sprint) to discuss how they are managing to 'Coach through COVID'.

This meeting will be held online via Google hangouts, so you will need to be able to access this mechanism. If you would like to join the conversation please email for a meeting invite. Places will be restricted by technology.

If you are unable to join us at the time, the conversations will be recorded and available as a download from the British Canoeing Awarding Body digital library, allowing you to catch up when it suits.

Daniel Thompson
Talent Operations Coordinator

Hannah Owen at Lee Valley - picture © Peter Milsom

Sport England Announce £195 Million Package to Help Sport

Sport England have announced a £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through Coronavirus:

A new £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is open now for local club and community organisations to bid for grants between £300 and £10,000.

A new £5 million fund for existing Sport England partners facing specific and immediate financial difficulty.

£55 million to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and then, when it is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment.

A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England, and whose current funding agreements with Sport England run out in March 2021.


The Community Emergency Fund is likely to be of most interest to clubs, so please take a look at the details, eligibility criteria and application process HERE>. The fund is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as those targeted at small businesses. Please consider the funding support that the government has available before you apply to the Community Emergency Fund.

Sport England have just a launched a new Club Matters Coronavirus Page and will update this over the next few days. It provides guidance, toolkits and case studies for you and your clubs.

Calendar Applications for 2021

Online Calendar Applications for 2021 are now live at

The deadlines for applications are:

Premier & Division 1 events by 1st May 2020

All other events by 1st July 2020

2020 Organisers' Pack Available Now

The 2020 Organisers' Pack is available via THIS LINK>

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.


The British Olympic Association has nominated the following athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games:

K1M: Bradley Forbes-Cryans

K1W: Kimberley Woods

C1W: Mallory Franklin

C1M: Adam Burgess


2020 Junior, U23 and Senior Selection Policies>

World Class Programme Qualification Policy>

International Panel Statement: Covid-19. 25th March 2020

As an International Panel we wanted to write concerning the recent decision to cancel upcoming selection races for the 2020 International season. MORE>

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Last updated 09/04/2020