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

Bronze for Hannah Brown at Wildwater World Champs

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Hannah Brown has claimed the bronze medal for Great Britain at the ICF World Wildwater Championships in Pau, France. The two time and reigning World Champion from 2013 and 2016 was looking to make it a trio of titles after qualifying fifth fastest in the heats.

Hannah produced a storming run in a time of 52:37 seconds to take the lead with only four athletes remaining to paddle. But the French duo of Claire Bren and Manon Hostens, paddling in front of their home crowd, were to deny the Briton a third World title, with Hannah taking a fine bronze medal just 0.64 seconds off the winner.

It is the second World medal of the season for Hannah, after winning bronze with Angela Hannah in the K2 200m at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice last month. 

However there was to be no fairy tale return for Jonnie Schofield.  The double Olympic medallist in the K2 200m event, with Liam Heath, has made a return to wildwater racing this season. In the final of the men’s K1 Jonnie just missed on out on the lead by four hundredths of a second to be in the silver medal position. But with more athletes to paddle Jonnie eventually finished sixth place, with Anze Urankar of Slovenia taking the World title.

The third Briton to qualify for the finals of Wildwater World Championships was Rachel Houston in the women’s C1 event. Rachel, who has also competed in ICF Slalom World Cup series this season, and the Wildwater Under 23's in Murau, was the first athlete to paddle in the final, setting a competitive time of 1:01.34. As the final progressed the leader changed on several occasions with Claire Haab claiming the title for France. Rachel finished in an impressive sixth place, a fine achievement in her first senior Wildwater world final.

Full details from the Slalom and Wildwater World Championships can be found on the ICF website.

 

Trio in Wildwater World Championships Finals Today

Congratulations to Mallory Franklin iin the Slalom Finals yesterday collecting her first Senior World Championships GOLD medal after silver in 2013&14 – brilliant result

Wildwater trio Hannah Brown, Jonnie Schofield and Rachel Houston will all feature in their respective finals at the World Championships Today – with racing from 5pm until 8pm UK time. This should be on the BBC Red Button

The three athletes all qualified from their heats out in Pau, and will compete for World Championship titles today.

Two times World Champion Hannah Brown took a step closer to her third title after qualifying for the final in Heat 1 during the K1 women’s event. Hannah finished the heat in fifth place after posting a commanding time of 53.22. Fellow British athletes Lydia Oxtoby, Victoria Murray and Laura Milne all failed to make it to Saturday’s final after competing in both heats during the day.

https://twitter.com/Hannah_L_Brown/status/913373134039941120

Meanwhile in the K1 men’s category, Olympic silver medallist Jonnie Schofield also qualified for Saturday’s final on his return to wildwater racing. It took Jonnie till Heat 2 to qualify, but an emphatic time of 47.06 saw him ease through in third place. In the same event, Robert Jefferies, Mike Rees-Clark and Calum Gingell didn’t qualify through to the final.

https://twitter.com/Jonscho/status/913769874085773313

The third finalist of the day was Britain’s sole competitor in the C1 women - Rachel Houston. Despite failing to qualify through Heat 1, Rachel pulled out all the stops in Heat 2 and narrowly qualified for the final in fifth place at her very first international. This is a really fantastic performance building on Rachel’s experience at the Under 23’s at Murau, Austria in July.

The two athletes competing in the C1 men’s, Ryan Hunt and William Fotheringham, both missed out on a spot in the final. This year has been a big step-up from the Junior and Under 23’s in Austria which bodes well for the future.

Ryan Hunt and Mike Rees-Clark both competed in the C2 heats, but didn't make it to the final. Lots to build on and if you want to see a virtuoso racing C2 roll have a look here https://twitter.com/WildWaterBC/status/913487038623748101

More information on Wildwater Racing  for Fun https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/ the British Canoeing Twitter feed https://twitter.com/WildWaterBC and Live Streaming on the Slalom and Wildwater World Championships website https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-championships/pau-2017

There will be BBC Coverage today

14:00-16:30, Connected TV and online - live coverage for the Slalom Finals

17:30-20:00, BBC Red Button – replay for the Wildwater Finals

http://www.bbc.com/sport/canoeing/41366637

DAY 2 RESULTS SUMMARY

K1 Women Heats

Hannah Brown – Heats: 5th & qualifies for Final

Victoria Murray – Heats: 12th on 2nd run

Laura Milne – Heats: 19th on 2nd run

Lydia Oxtoby – Heats: 23rd on 2nd run

K1 Men Heats

Jonathan Schofield – Heats: 3rd on 2nd run and qualifies for Final

Robert Jefferies – Heats: 23rd on 2nd run

Mike Rees-Clark – Heats: 28th on 2nd run

Calum Gingell – Heats: 31st on 2nd run

C1 Women Heats

Rachel Houston – Heats: 5th on 2nd run and qualifies for Final

C1 Men Heats

Ryan Hunt – Heats: 11th on 2nd run

William Fotheringham – Heats: 14th on 2nd run

C2 Men Heats

Ryan Hunt & Mike Rees-Clark - Heats : 14th on 2nd run

 

Wildwater Worlds Pau Team Blog 2

17th September continued:

The team were joined by Jonnie Schofield after a relaxing week in Sweden.

Jonnie has made a welcome return to wildwater racing after a few years taking the flatwater 200m K2 by storm. He is now back to his roots in a wildwater racing boat, looking as if he never too a sabbatical.

18th September: Saw the safe arrival of Calum Gingell, Victoria Murray and Wills Fotheringham. They were treated to a sunny evening walk of the course. Plus the team’s first off roading in the land rover. First practice session on the course tomorrow.

 19th September: A good evening’s training, not too many teams here yet, so everyone managed to get a decent number of runs in. Slightly different level than when team was here a couple of weeks ago, so lots of practice needed which went well. A good level of video analysis now going on! Same format tomorrow. Rob arriving in the afternoon then picnic and flapjack at the course followed by evening training. Finally, off to Toulouse to pick Neil Stamps up from the late-night flight.

20th September: Victoria Murray had her first practice run – with Saltire. Wills got his first taste of the course. Ryan got a lot of runs in. Calum hit the course hard. Hannah practiced hard. Jonny got the last runs in as light was fading.

21st September: Great to have Rob Jefferies, Neil Stamps and Carl Foody arrive.

Victoria back on the water, along with Rob and the others. Calum pushed hard in the first slots of the evening. Jonnie was sharpening up his lines. Ryan got in runs as light was fading. Hannah Brown kicking waves.

22nd September: Good training session, lots more teams arriving. Czechs and Italians are here in force. The rest of the GB team arrived and switched to the team accommodation in our mini bus. Slalom and WW committees met with the FFCK president – great having both committees together.

23rd September: Julie Lewis arrived and was quickly press ganged in to helping.  Practice runs made by all. The ICF watched The Grand Tour putting an Aston Martin through its paces just at the entrance to the race course. Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in a Jaguar XKSS and Aston Martin on the Pau GT circuit. Spectacular opening ceremony in the evening after several more training runs by all.  

24th September: Team leaders meeting done. The Slalom and Wildwater Canoeing Sprint Championships are well and truly underway.

25th September: Athletes working hard on time trials to determine team places. Mike Rees-Clark and Ryan Hunt looking strong in the C2. Official WWR duties about to take over. Teams announced in morning meeting: MK1 Jonnie Schofield, Mike Rees-Clark, Rob Jefferies. WK1 Hannah Brown, Lydia Oxtoby and Victoria Murray.

26th September: Let the racing begin…

Team Event Commenced… In glorious sunshine the World Championships opened with the team events. Slalom opened the day and set a hard act to follow with fantastic results for Team GB, gaining a silver in the C1 Men’s team and a gold in the C1 Women’s team. Congratulations to the two teams, a truly amazing start.

At lunch time, the WWR team events started. GB had teams in the Women’s K1 and Men’s K1 events. The Women’s team: Hannah Brown, Lydia Oxtoby, Victoria Murray, gave it their very best and finished 5th.

The men’s team consisting of Jonnie Schofield, Robert Jefferies and Mike Rees-Clark put in a credible performance, finishing 7th.

The individual heats commence on 27th September.

Wildwater Worlds Pau Team Blog

17th September: A lie-in to allow recovery time followed by more coffee and awesome porrridge + (Banana/ Peanut Butter & Yoghurt) - a great start to the day. Boat preparation followed with Jonnie Schofield arriving by train from Biarritz just in time for Lunch. An afternoon of video analysis and general catching - up.

Calum Gingell, Victoria Murray and Wills Fotheringham are arriving tomorrow - Biarritz to Pau by SNCF - a great service right next to the race course. Flat water training session Tomorrow and the first day's race training on Tuesday  - with Neil Stamps arriving on Tuesday evening. Carl Foody a casualty of Ryan Air's sudden rush of conscience - 50 flights cancelled so their people can take holidays.... Carl is now arriving on Thursday 

 

16th September: An early start from Ashford with Ryan Hunt and Hannah Brown heading to the P&O Ferries to Calais and the long caffeine, flapjack and pasta - fuelled drive straight round Paris, down to Bordeaux and then to Pau - back to the accomodation the team were using a couple of weeks ago for race training. arrived just before 11 pm - unloaded the Landrover and done. Great facilities - lots of space for trailers and covered space for boat repairs.

 

15th September: So after long months of training the first of our paddlers are now on their way to Pau for the world championships.
It was an early start as Peter picked up Ryan Hunt and the trailer at 5am prior to meeting Hannah Brown at hpp at 6.30am for yet another early morning training session.

Followed by a day of reloading the Land Rover to get everything in and strapping numerous boats on, the three left Nottingham at 4pm for the long drive to Pau.

Big thanks to Peter for offering to take an early group out and to Ryan and Hannah who have spent most of the week at Hpp sorting out food, boats and kit between training sessions. The logistics of paddlers, boats and kit going out from different places at different times is not easy.

Next stop Folkestone prior to meeting up with Jonny Schofield in Pau at the weekend.

Latest Pau Bulletin on https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/ Wildwater Racing for Fun more info on the official website https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-championships/pau-2017

ACM Notice 2017

GB WILDWATER CANOEING ANNUAL CONSULTATIVE MEETING

28th October 2017, approx18:00 Chainbridge Hotel, Llangollen (straight after National Prize Giving).

 AGENDA

1)       Welcome

2)       Attendees, apologies, club representation: Please confirm club attendance & register an interest in WWR to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before the meeting.

3)       Approval of Minutes from 26th November 2016 ACM & matters arising

4)       Chairman’s Report

6)       Secretary’s Report

7)       Treasurer’s Report

8)       Senior & Junior Team Managers Report

9)       National Coach’s Report

9)       Motions: Items or motions to be submitted by 28th September 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10)     Election of Officers

11)     AOB

Officers:

For re-election 2017

Chairman:  Candidate: Peter Schofield, proposed by Julie Lewis, seconded by Grant Anderson.

Treasurer: Candidate: Simon Wright, proposed by Jamie Christie, seconded by Julie Lewis

The following are due for re-election 2018: 

Performance Director: Jamie Christie.  

Hon. Secretary: Julie Lewis

Executive & Regional Representatives:

Scottish Canoe Association Representative: Fraser Gormal

Canoe Wales Representative: James Wingfield.

British Canoeing - Russ Smith. 

Team Manager – Paul Anderson.

English Regional Representatives:

-        North and West –  Mary Jean Smith 

-        South – Carl Foody

Midlands – Grant Anderson

Other Non-Committee Roles:

Head Coach – Paul Anderson

International Event Support – Nigel Stevenson

Welfare/Equalities - Hannah Brown

Safety – Nominee needed

Web – Neil Stamps

Mini Bus – Julie Lewis/Jamie Christie

Calendar – Julie Lewis

Rankings – Lee Gingell

Marketing, PR & Sponsorship –Robyn Webb

Each British Canoeing-affiliated club which has registered an interest in Wild Water Racing with the Secretary to the Wild Water Racing Committee shall have one vote at the Annual Consultative Committee. Evidence of British Canoeing membership must be produced.

 Any person representing an Affiliated Club or casting its vote, must be a Full member of British Canoeing. Similarly, no Affiliated Club can be represented or cast a vote, unless it has paid all money due to British Canoeing.

 

Win a race boat

Olivia Churchill has generously donated her ex-race boat to be awarded as a prize at the Dee race weekend.

It's a class 8 Clipper, white deck with kevlar carbon hull in good condition with all fittings (including airbags and deck cover). 

The boat will be awarded to the best team result. This is an opportunity to get a great boat for your club to help up and coming paddlers. As a world junior champion in classic team herself, it seemed a fitting way to decide who should recieve the boat.

There is plenty of time to hone your team eventing skills before the race weekend, so heres looking forward to some close racing. Make sure you have some space to take it home!

The team race will use the following format:

  1. Any three boats can enter, mixed gender and classes are allowed (including open boats, creek boats etc).
  2. Team course is bottom of Serpents Tail to top of town falls (short course)
  3. Handicaps will be based upon the slowest boat's time in team from the individual races.
  4. Handicap is based upon race time from Serpents tail start to the finish. For full course racers a split will be taken to give this time.
  5. All team members must have competed in the individual race to be considered for the grand prize.

 

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. 

For more details please see:

http://www.murau2017.com/startlist-results

http://www.timing-mojstrana.com/wp-content/uploads/Results-sprint-team1.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/

 

 

 

 

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

World Cup Team Bulletin 2

Well done to all our Team GB athletes - some great performances with Nicky Cresser 7th overall in the Classic and three Sprint finalists. We wish them well as they prepare in Augsburg for next weekend's racing 

Thirteen athletes came to Muotathal in the Swiss Alps for the first race of the World Cup series at the course which will hold the World Championships next year.

Saturday saw the classic race on a roughly twelve minute long continuous section of whitewater through the alpine town of Muotathal, the course finishing with a tough rapid which would be the place for Sundays sprint races.

Nicky Cresser put is an excellent performance in a strong field usually only seen at World Championships to finish 7th, the best result in the K1M classic for a long time.
Laura Milne also put in an excellent debut performance as a current junior team member finishing 19th competing against senior athletes.

Sunday was the Sprint race just down the most technical and biggest white water at the end of the classic course with a section taking around one minute to complete. With rain from three in the morning the river changed dramatically overnight rising to a level where the race was almost cancelled. 
This posed a challenge for all the competitors who had no chance to practice on the river at this level.

After 1st Runs Nicky Cresser was in 6th narrowly missing a direct route to the final. Many British paddlers improved on their second runs and a very impressive three made the final, unfortunately Nicky could not reproduce his first run and missed out. The finalists were; Mike Rees-Clark in K1, Ryan Hunt in C1, and Rachel Houston in C1.

The high-pressure situation of the final showed and nobody managed to improve on the runs which got them into the finals. 
Ryan finished 11th, Mike finished 15th, and Rachel unfortunately was unable to complete the course.

Training begins Tuesday in Augsburg, Germany, where the team will look to build on their results.

ICF World Cups Switzerland formal blog

Wednesday and Thursday, Day 4&5 - many thanks to Robyn Webb

The river is now very busy with all the competing nations athletes wanting to nail that perfect run ready for the race. Some great runs for our athletes, you can't see much of the classic course, but the sprint course makes for great spectating.

Each day has consisted of splitting into two groups, either doing full runs of the course or concentrating on the sprint section. They are all racking up the number of runs and it's great to see confidence increase, with some strong runs by Rachel and Mags. Although the course is starting to take its toll on the boats and some TLC is required. But working as a team they've helped each other to repair and patch up where required.

The team are looking great as a whole on the water and are now looking at preparing themselves ready for the race days (refuel, rest, analysis of footage).

Team pic, please find here. (You may need to sign up to our Facebook page)Never thought a group of people would be so afraid of a picture considering the water they paddle. But nevertheless we managed to wrangle them up and make them half presentable. Good job they take great pictures in the water