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.
England Slalom Committee Meeting
There will be a meeting of the England Slalom Committee in the tent at the SCA campsite immediately after prizegiving at the Grandtully Prem race on Sat 1st April.
This will be an open meeting so any English paddlers, their parents or coaches are welcome. We want to get views and input from anyone interested in slalom in England about what the committee could or should be doing to support and develop the sport.
English Coaching Manager
Location: National Water Sports
Centre, Holme Pierrepont,
British Canoeing is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and dynamic individual to join the Coaching and Qualifications department as the English Coaching Manager.
Llandysul Div 1
Great conditions at Llandysul this weekend. About four times as much water as I can remember - I'm usually there in the autumn, mind - transformed what can be a rather long slog into a lively, quite demanding course.
On Saturday the river came up a bit between practice and first runs, and the eddy at gate 17 shifted downstream, making the pull across to gate 18 a bit harder. It looked to me as if quite a few fast paddlers paddled the section as it had been for practice, took penalties by not adapting to the new conditions and left the door open for slower but more experienced people.
Racing at the Tully Prem?
The Adventure Show will be showing the Tully Prem on TV. If you're racing, give them some background on yourself for the commentary by filling in THIS FORM>
Have you got your bib? It is only two weeks to the race and not all paddlers who have entered have applied for bibs yet. And please make sure there is a enough postage on your application so we do not have to go to the post office and pay to get them!
Shepperton Div 1 – last of the Thames weirs
Although slalom at Shepperton is not everyone’s cup of tea, it does introduce a different challenge to your slalom skills, as well as plenty of strength and energy.
Firstly I can’t recall a more slickly run, and at the same time friendly, slalom, and the standard is set pretty high in our sport for that. The organiser even dealt with having the new weight limit on boats in a sympathetic way. This was the only downer on the weekend, I can’t see the Tour de France riders having to fix lead to their bikes. Not sure if all our boats are now unsinkable. Why do you never see a queue for buoyancy aid testing?
The courses were well thought out. You have no choice at weirs but to do a bit of “uphill” paddling in the eddies, but even this was made to be challenging and on the right side of the sluice. I did hear a few grumbles about the unpredictability of the water in parts, but this is not just Shepperton but a challenge that occurs in high volume white water, which we could all do with bit more of. Requires reading the water as you approach moves and the need for quick reactions adds to the challenge of carrying out your race plan.
In conclusion: Great racing, great organising and running (not forgetting the friendly man helping you park, and having decent filter coffee rather than instant), shame about the meddling from the ICF.
Fancy Coaching in Canada?
The Chilliwack Centre of Excellence Paddling Club is seeking a Canoe Slalom Coach and Instructor eager to discover the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia while making contributions to the sport in Canada.
England Slalom Programme Inclusion Criteria - Winter 2017-2018
Available via this link on the British Canoeing website under the Talent Slalom tab.
Organiser's Pack 2017
Have You Got Your Bib?
K1W Prem and Div 1: Sally will be at the Tully Prem and will bring bibs if you send her the paperwork before the races.
K1W Div 2 and 3: Tanya will be at the Matlock slalom if any div 2/3 K1 women want to apply and collect their bibs from her there.
K1M Prem: Tracy will take bibs to the first Prem race (Tully) but only if you send her the paperwork beforehand.
K1M Div 3: Karen will be at the Oughtibridge Div 3/4 and Tully Div 1, and on the SCA campsite until the Friday after the Div 1, and will bring bibs if you contact her beforehand.
Please apply properly. One Bib Officer writes: I am getting a lot of incomplete/inadequate applications this year. One this morning returned last years bib, a cheque and a scrap of paper with an SCA number on it. I only knew who it was by the bib number.
We have to have a completed form, with signature/s!
YOU WON'T GET YOUR BIB unless you send the bib officer ALL OF:
A completed Bib Application Form
Your BC, SCA, CW or CANI card or a photocopy
A bib voucher or £9 deposit
A large, strong SAE with at least £1.20 postage on it - and please use a C4 envelope.
Please send it to the right person. The Bib Officers are listed on the Bib Application Form. Make sure there's enough postage on your application. If you use a small envelope and have to fold the return envelope several times it will be too thick for an ordinary letter (over 5mm). If you send a bubble or padded envelope for your bib it WILL be too thick. If it is, put a "large letter" stamp on it! If the Bib Officer has to pay a Post Office surcharge you won't get your bib until you pay the money back.
The bib officers will do their best to fold your bib within the "large letter" rules, but give them a chance!
Do put on at least £1.20 in postage.
Don't use a padded envelope. The extra thickness will make the envelope too thick for even the "large letter" rate.
Don't use anything smaller than C4 (the size that takes an A4 page unfolded). The extra fold in the bib will make the envelope too thick for the "large letter" rate.
Don't use one of those super-size envelopes. They are too big for a "large letter".
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Register for GB Selection
All paddlers, Senior, U23 and Junior must register by 4th April.
The registration form is at www.simplyslalom.co.uk. Log in with username simplyslalom and password Lee17Valley. Contact if you have any problem.
Entering On-line at www.canoeslalomentries.co.uk
The following races are now open for on-line entry:
1/2 Apr Tully Prem / Pan Celtic, 1/2 Apr Symonds Yat Div 2/3, 15 Apr LVWWC GB Selection, 22/23 Apr Washburn Div 2, 22/23 Apr Llandysul Div 2/3/4, 6/7 May Pinkston Div 1, 13/14 May HPP Paul McConkey Prem/1, 3/4 Jun Chapel Falls Div 1, 17/18 Jun Shepperton 3/4, 17/18 Jun Llandysul Div 2/3/4, 8/9 Jul Howsham Weir Div 2/3/4, 5/6 Aug Llandysul Div 2/3/4, 19/20 Aug Tully Div 2, 26/27 Aug Tully Div 1, 2/3 Sep HPP Prem and Div 1, 16/17 Sep LVWWC British Open & Prem, 30 Sep/1 Oct Graveyard Prem, 7/8 Oct Llandysul Div 1, Pan Celtic, Vet and Junior Champs, 21/22 Oct Shepperton Div 2/3, 28/29 Oct HPP Div 1/2
• Transaction fees are 2.2% of the entry fees + 45p per transaction.
• You can put multiple entries in your basket before paying if you are entering a C1 and K1, say, at the same competition. Please put both entries into your basket before paying as this will save you 45p.
• You must be a ranked paddler to enter online. If you do not know your bib number, just start typing your name in the drop down select box. You will not be able to submit an online entry if you do not currently have a 2017 bib number, so for reinstatement you need to get requests for re-ranking and bib applications in promptly, and those promoted mid-season will need to apply promptly for their new bibs or enter by post.
• Immediately after successful entry of your card details, your entry will be added to the list on the competition home page. Later, when payment is taken a few weeks before the competition, you will receive an emailed receipt.
• Paddle-ups can add their entry to the waiting list. You will receive an email requesting online payment if a place becomes available.
• You can also enter as an official online. Paddlers who have entered as officials or on the waiting list can remove their own entry – reselect your class and bib and click the button.
If you have any feedback/questions on the online process then feel free to post on the chatter boards or email .
England Talent Programme – Slalom Squads Winter 2016
GB Selection for 2017
The following additional athletes have qualified to compete at the 2017 U23 and Senior team selection series:
Minutes of Committee Meetings
A Change in the Rules
You get a 50 if you pass through a gate in the wrong direction. But from the start of the 2017 season it is not a penalty if there is a momentary movement in the wrong direction - a wash back, a bounce off a rock or the wind moving the gate back and forward - provided that you are going in the right direction at the start and finish of negotiation.
Know the Rules
A guide to the rules in practice for paddlers and judges.
England Pan Celtic Team
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.
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