Jane Gibson training at Tully - picture © Gillian Denvir


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Lee Valley Slalom Training Access

With LVWWC reopening to the public, please see below for the current state of play regarding access to the course.

Currently the British Canoeing UK Programme sessions are operating under the DCMS guidance for elite sport return to training which can be found here. WCP athletes are undertaking significant extra measures on a daily basis to have access to the training environment. The guidance also states that access can only be for WCP athletes or athletes on an elite pathway. Until this guidance changes it will not be possible for other athletes to access UK programme sessions.

We recognise that this means there are significantly reduced slalom training options for those looking to compete at 2021 Selection. As the venue is open to the public the avenues for access currently are through public sessions, exclusive bookings or local club sessions. Please make contact as per the usual process for these.

Covid-19 measures are changing on a daily basis and British Canoeing are working with our partners to identify solutions to wider access to water at Lee Valley. Work is also currently being undertaken to facilitate regular training options at Lee Valley to allow paddlers to prepare for selection in 2021. As and when there is more information and government guidance permits we will make a further statement.

If you would like to discuss access options to LVWWC for slalom training or have ideas about creating a sustainable way for slalom training to operate at Lee Valley then please email .

Ciaran Lee Edwards
Podium Potential Coordinator

ICF announces exciting series of webinars

The International Canoe Federation will host a series of free online webinars showcasing the latest developments in coaching and athlete preparation.

Each ICF Performance Education webinar will be hosted by a world-leading expert in their field, and will include topics looking at how to manage an athlete from their first stroke through to the elite level, energy expenditure and fatigue, and high altitude training. MORE>

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

Luc Royle training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Macy Kang training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Alasdair McMullen training at Tully
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Louise Fernie training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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William Meyer training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Ryan Mallon training at Tully - picture © Gillian Denvir

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.

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

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    

Robert Fernie training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones. More on Instagram @kim_jones_photography

Racing Season to Extend Over Two Years

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>

Training at Tully

Please use this timetable to help you plan your training at Grandtully. This isn't intended to set limits, rather to help you plan training to make it easier to maintain physical distancing whilst training and also maximise the quality of training. Whilst people are travelling less internationally or Nationally, we anticipate that Grandtully will be quite busy at the weekends.

Jon Schofield

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>

Matlock Slalom Course Returns

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

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 14/09/2020