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Calendar for 2021

All ranking races before 17th May have been cancelled. Prem and Div 1 races will not start until 21st June at the earliest.

If your event isn't here it's because some clubs still have not submitted the details. Get in touch with Dee!


David Bain training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Gracie Gormal - Slalom Inspires - picture © Kim Jones.
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Gabi Ridge training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Jake Cochrane training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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C1 Development

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

Minutes of Committee Meetings

9 Mar   9 Feb   7 Jan
28 Nov   ACM 28 Nov   29 Oct
23 Sep 19 Aug 29 Jul
3 Jun   1 Apr   1 Feb

Racing in 2021 – Position at 9th March 2021

At the slalom committee meeting on 9 March, and in line with the respective governments’ plans for coming out of lockdown, the committee has made the decision that no ranking races will take place before 17th May.

Junior and Under 23 Selection are still planned for Holme Pierrepont on 22nd and 23rd May but Div 1 and Prem races will restart only when the vast majority of paddlers are able to participate from across the UK - including all the home nations. There is no indication of when this may be possible but it will not be before 21 June. MORE>

Late Applications to run Events

There is a huge appetite from athletes and organisers to resume racing and a significant number of events have had to be cancelled between February and June. For the remainder of the 2020/21 racing season, rules regarding late applications to run races have been relaxed. Event organisers may submit late applications to run ranking races. MORE>

2022 Calendar

Applications to run competitions in 2022 should be in by 1st July for Prem and Div1, and by 1st September for Div 2, 3 and 4. The system is now open to applications for next year.

England Slalom Talent Programme U23 Qualification Criteria

The England Slalom Talent Programme have published their U23 Qualification Criteria. Links are found below and can be found on the sidebar of the England Slalom Talent Programme home page.

The U23 Qualification Criteria can be found HERE>.

Support from the England Talent Programme for U23 athletes will come from a broadening of provision from the England National Talent Squad (ENTS). This document sets out the criteria to qualify specifically as an U23 athlete from 1st June until 1st November. Up to 8 U23 athletes from Olympic Classes will be selected with capacity for up to 4 athletes in Lee Valley (LV) and up to 4 athletes in Holme Pierrepont (HPP).

Any U23 athletes (regardless of whether they are currently supported by the England Talent Programme) wishing to be considered for qualification should complete the online programme expression of interest form found HERE by 17th May.

All athletes will be assessed against the qualification criteria detailed in this document. They will be informed of their programme status by 28th May 2021 via email. A full squad list will then be published on the Slalom Talent and Canoe Slalom UK websites.

Daniel Thompson
Talent Operations Coordinator

Coaching at Cardiff

Seren Dŵr slalom club, based at CIWW, Cardiff are looking for a reliable paid bank- and boat-based coach to run training for 2 hours on club nights and occasional weekend days. Club nights are likely to be Tuesdays or Thursdays or both, and will probably start in mid-May.

You don't have to have slalom coaching qualifications, although ideally you would have. We're looking for someone fairly local with competition experience at Div 1 or Prem and experience coaching slalom, and we may be able to help you get qualified as a coach.

Coaching would be on flat water and on 6 or 10 cumec releases on the course, and groups are likely to be under 18s possibly mixed with adults with experience ranging from beginner through to Div 2. Typically paddlers progress to Welsh squads after this. Safety is run from the bank on the moving water but occasionally boat rescues are needed!

£30 for weekly 2 hour sessions and £60 for weekend day sessions. Please contact for more info about the club or to apply preferably before 23rd April 2021.

International Panel

2021 Senior Selection

We plan to hold a single weekend event on 7/8 August 2021 at Lee Valley to select the senior team for the remaining place(s) at World Cups races 3 & 4 and the World Championships.

We confirm that the outcome of the 2019 senior team spring selection series will determine the 2021 senior team 3rd boat and reserves until such time as a 2021 senior team selection process is completed. This will establish the team for the 2021 Senior Euros and World Cups 1 & 2, assuming they take place prior to the August selection races. MORE>

2020 Junior, U23 and Senior Selection Policies>

World Class Programme Qualification Policy>

England Canoe Slalom Talent Programme Strategy Launched

The England Canoe Slalom Talent Programme has released its strategy for 2021-25, which outlines the direction and focus of intent for the next four years. A link to the full document can be found here with the new programme and its provision commencing in May 2021 with further details to follow.

Daniel Thompson
Talent Operations Coordinator

Tel: 0115 9822094 EXT 5

Canoe Freestyle World Championships Postponed to 2022

British Canoeing and the ICF Board have postponed the 2021 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships, which was to take place at Holme Pierrepont in July due to concerns about the welfare of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators, and likely international travel restrictions.

ICF launches #Paddle100 campaign

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has launched #Paddle100 – a global campaign to inspire recreational paddlers to stay active and plan for their next adventure.

#Paddle100 will see canoeists, kayakers and stand up paddlers share their favourite paddle spots at home and abroad and will culminate in a list of the 100 greatest places to paddle, as judged by the world's greatest paddlers. MORE>

2023 Slalom World Champs, London 2023

As part of the Stakeholder Board for the 2023 Slalom World Championships, British Canoeing would like to appoint, as an athlete representative, either a current international or a recently retired international slalom athlete. MORE>

Digging into History

Peter Keane has published results going back into the dim and distant at

If you have any of the results that are missing, please let know.

Selection Policy for 2021

2021 Selection – COVID-19 Update

This statement follows the publication of the 2021 selection policies in mid-December 2020 and aims to provide an update whilst recognising a very uncertain landscape for the next few months. The panel wish to acknowledge the ongoing challenges to the whole community not only to training but the health, financial and emotional challenges that the covid-19 pandemic continues to inflict.
As we approach one year since covid-19 became a reality in the UK... MORE>

2021 Junior, U23 & Senior Team Selection Policy>

International Panel Statement>

Paddlers need to register for selection HERE>

Lee Valley Public Slalom Training Access

LVWWC and British Canoeing are excited to announce a collaboration to create opportunities to paddle public slalom sessions at Lee Valley. Please follow THIS LINK for more information and ways to book.

Podium Potential Coordinator

Covid Safety Guidelines for Paddling



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.

Tokyo Olympics

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

Our selected athletes are:

Mallory Franklin: Women’s C1
Kimberley Woods: Women’s K1
Adam Burgess: Men’s C1
Bradley Forbes-Cryans: Men’s K1

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Last updated 14/04/2021