Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by British Canoeing

Wild Water Junior & U23 Championships comes to a close in Austria

The Wild Water Junior and U23 World Championships, which took place in Murau, Austria, ended last weekend, with the British team celebrating a fantastic week of competition.

MURAU Junior & U23 Worlds now Successfully Completed

Murau Wildwater Junior and U23 World Championships are now successfully completed. Team GB had a great time at an outstanding competition.

In the Sprint racing we had the exitement of racing through the centre of the picturesque Austrian town. It was a great finale with the Sprint individual events - Calum Gingell put in an extremely strong performance in the sprint finishing in 8th place overall - a massive improvement on his 15th place at the end of the heats the previous day. 

Calum's view ” This has been an absolutely fantastic experience. It’s been a good experience. It’s been an opportunity to practice the same river at different levels and has proved interesting during competition as well.”

 We had equally tight racing in the Ladies U23 C1, with Rachel Houston only just missing out on a Bronze medal. Rachel did really well, learning from the huge challenge the team had with water levels rising from 25 Cumecs to 145 Cumecs between the Friday and Monday with huge trees being washed down the course (dropping back to around 55-45 Cumecs durning the event as the river gradually returned to normal!)

Rachel said: “It has been a really good week. It’s been a great opportunity to come out and practice the water at so many varying levels. River reading skills were definitely tested in the classic. Enjoyed the fluctuating river levels – it’s like three rivers in one – a bargain. I now know the difference between crocodiles and trees."

We has some oh-so-close moments where a few hundredths of a second really mattered, reinforcing the competitiveness of the racing. In Canoe Singles U23 Ryan Hunt moved up the rankings in both Classic and Sprint. Will Fotheringham in C1 Juniors wasn't able to repeat his outstanding first run in the heats and so narrowly missed out on the finals. Both Jodie Ball and Lois Leaver also narrowly missed out on the finals by the narrowest of margins, and have learned so much from the event. 

Ryan said of the event: “ being out at the U23 worlds has given me a fantastic opportunity to paddle on some very big water and with C1 paddlers from other countries. The support from paddlers and coaches all over the world is superb and these competitions provide experience and opportunities that are difficult to rival. 

In the team events everyone delivered creditable performances - with lots of room for thought about how to improve for next year. All our Athletes did Team GB proud.

Phil Dean as Team Manager and Mags Dilai did a fantastic job managing the team. We also had a huge amount of parental and coaching support which made a huge difference.

Some views from the Parents, which we all I think share: “It has been a physical and emotional roller coaster as always but lots of determination and resilience from all. What a great team.” ;  “It has been fantastic to have new paddlers and parents involved. It has provided an excellent opportunity for paddlers on much higher water levels than usual, that we rarely get back home, and I’m really glad that paddlers have absolutely maximised the opportunity to practice in such conditions.” ; “unless it’s over the phone box at Aberfeldfy we can’t compete with these water levels at home"

Everyone has made new friends and new connections within the Wildwater Community and planning for next year has already started. 

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MURAU Junior & U23 Worlds now well underway

The ICF Junior and Under 23 World Championships are now well underway in the picturesque town of Murau in Austria. There are 250 athletes from 19 nations taking part and the competition is intense. Nature has presented it's own challenges  - the normally peaceful River Mur was transformed into a raging torrent in the run up to the competition - goung from around 30 Cumecs to a peak of around 150 Cumecs! It is worth having a look at the river gauges for the last three months to see how the river was transformed into a raging torrent overnight.  

Team GB coped admirably - and with river levels approaching normality has a great first day with some great individual performances. This shows the progress over the last few years across all disciplines with stand-out performances in Canoe and Kayak.

Today we have the morning practicing the sprint course through the town and this afternoon starting at 1pm CET we have the Team Race - we wish good luck and great racing to all our athletes.

For those wishing to get up-to-the-minute updates there is live streaming at http://www.murau2017.com/live 

There is more information on the ICF and Wildwater Racing Facebook Pages and Regional Kanu Sport Stiermark






Wild Water Team Selected for 2017 World Championships

Current World Champion Hannah Brown, and Olympic canoe sprint silver medallist Jonnie Schofield are amongst the GB team selected for the 2017 ICF Wild Water Canoeing World Championships.

Hannah and Jonnie will travel to Pau in September alongside a 13 athlete strong squad, all looking to claim the World Championship title.

A double World Champion in wild water racing, Hannah Brown will be hoping to defend her K1 title in Pau, after putting in a commanding performance to take the Welsh Open title in June.

Jonnie Schofield, who made a return to wild water racing at the Welsh Open, triumphed in the men’s K1 on the River Tryweryn.

There is a call up for Ryan Hunt, who stole the show in men’s C1 in Bala, whilst he will continue to pair up with Mike Rees-Clark in the men’s C2.

Rachel Houston will be leading the women's C1 line alone, and will combine with K1 reserve/forerunner Louise Revell to challenge for the women's C2.

Fresh from the announcement, current World Champion Hannah Brown said: “I'm really excited to be named as part of the squad for this year’s wild water World Championships. It's been such a tough year after dislocating my shoulder out in Pau at last year’s World Cup race, so it's pretty special to be selected to race back out there later this year.

 "It was great to be back racing confidently in Bala at the Welsh Open, it gives me a good platform to assess what I need to work on leading up to the Championships in September. I can't wait to go and race my heart out to try and retain my World Champion title.”

 The full squad competing in Pau:

 Men's K1

 Jon Schofield

 Calum Gingell

 Rob Jefferies

 Mike Rees-Clark

 Ladies K1

 Hannah Brown

 Victoria Murray

 Lydia Oxtoby

 Laura Milne

 Louise Revell (Reserve/Forerunner)

 Men's C1

 Ryan Hunt

 Andrew Houston

 William Fotheringham

 Ladies C1

 Rachel Houston

 Men's C2

 Mike Rees-Clark/Ryan Hunt

 Ladies C2

 Louise Revell/Rachel Houston





GB Senior World Championship Team 2017

Message from Head Coach - GB World Championship Team 2017

It is my absolute pleasure to announce the Great Britain Team for the 2017 World Sprint Championships in Pau this coming September.

With a current World Champion and also an Olympic Silver Medallist in the talent pool competition was high. Of note I would like to congratulate the three juniors who achieved senior selection showing the positive transition and rapid improvements, which has also been evident from the high competion now in the U23 class.

Can I thank all that helped with the organisation on the day, to make the event so professional.

 Mens K1
 Jonnie Schofield
Calum Gingell 
 Rob Jefferies
Mike Rees-Clark
Ladies K1
Hannah Brown
Victoria Murray
Lydia Oxtoby
Laura Milne
Louise Revell (Reserve/Forerunner)
Mens C1
Ryan Hunt
Andrew Houston
William Fotheringham
Ladies C1
Rachel Houston
Mens C2
Mike Rees-Clark/Ryan Hunt
Ladies C2
Louise Revell/Rachel Houston
Coaching Staff
Paul Anderson
Carl Foody
Neil Stamps

Discretionary Selection

Please note that Jiri Tykal has applied for discretionary selection.

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British Canoeing signs broadcast deal with Sky Sports

British Canoeing has announced the launch of Go Canoe! - a brand new series of eight programmes featuring canoeing that will be broadcast on Sky Sports throughout this summer. The programmes will focus on the British athletes as they compete in the International Canoe Federation Slalom and Sprint World Cup events. The series will also include tutorials - introducing the various disciplines within the sport, together with magazine features about clubs, trails, adventures and athletes. Go Canoe! is being produced by Hit the Roof, with magazine contributions produced by MediaPack.
David Joy, chief executive of British Canoeing said: “I am delighted that we have been able to work with Sky Sports to create this series of programmes. Go Canoe! will really showcase the excitement and breadth of Canoeing to a wide audience and is another step forward in the delivery of our new strategy Stronger Together.”
Hannah Brown, a two time World Champion in wild water racing, will feature in one of the episodes of Go Canoe! and is delighted that the sport will be aired on the Sky Sports channels. “It is fantastic news that canoeing, including my discipline of wild water racing, will receive some brilliant exposure on Sky Sports. It really shows that there is an interest and a demand for canoeing on a national scale. It has been great to be involved in the series and have the opportunity to showcase wild water racing to the wider public who may not have seen or heard much about the sport before. I can’t wait for people to see how exciting and diverse the sport is. Such coverage is vital to the sport and hopefully will encourage more people to give it a go.”
The first Go Canoe! show will be broadcast on Sky Sports on Monday 24th July. The full schedule is as follows:
  • Programme 1 - 24 July 2017 21:00
  • Programme 2 - 31 July 2017 22:30
  • Programme 3 - 7 August 2017 22:00
  • Programme 4 - 14 August 2017 22:00
  • Programme 5 - 21 August 2017 21:00
  • Programme 6 - 28 August 2017 21:00
  • Programme 7 - 04 September 2017 21:00
  • Programme 8 - 11 September 2017 21:00

Pau Worlds Official Bulletin

Please find the first event bulletin from the French Federation of Canoe/ Kayak for the World Championships in Pau this September

Dear sport friends, Please find enclosed the information bulletin. Feel free to contact me if you have any question. Thanks in advance, Kind regards, Service Evénements / Events Department
+33 1 45 11 08 66 / +33 6 64 02 95 25
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Bulletin PDF

Your opportunity to influence the membership review at the British Canoeing Summer Roadshow

Your opportunity to influence the membership review at the British Canoeing Summer Roadshow

British Canoeing is going on the road this summer to present an update on the recent membership review and to discuss the proposals around changes to the membership programme.

As part of the new four-year strategic plan for the sport Stronger Together attracting new members to British Canoeing and improving member engagement and satisfaction is one of our key ambitions.

British Canoeing has been working with the sports agency Two Circles to deliver the membership review and support the organisation’s ambition to grow membership from 33,000 to 75,000 by 2021.  The review also aims to improve membership satisfaction and retention levels.

Ahead of the Roadshow British Canoeing and Two Circles have provided headline information for members on the findings of the review, including:

  • Current membership demography - who is currently a member
  • Why do people have membership – including quotes from members
  • Feedback from research – membership survey and focus groups
  • Membership proposals - what would we like to do

The roadshow events will run through these areas in more detail and will provide an opportunity for members to ask questions about the proposals and provide feedback.

To view the membership review slides and sign up for one of the roadshow events please visit the British Canoeing website.


Robert Knott
Head of Marketing and Communications

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