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 the British Canoe Union, and managed through GB Canoeing.

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  • Please note full details of the assessment guidance. However, for clarity please note the following shown in section 5.


    Once assessed, the performance and risk grading will be valid for the events in the current international season only. The assessment controller may ask for re-assessment of an athlete at any time to take account of new information or change in performance level of the athlete.

    An athlete/coach may also ask for re-assessment if they feel they have new evidence they would like to be considered.

  • The wwr executive is looking for people to sit on the selection committee to select the GBR teams for the coming international season. It will involve attending a single evening meeting in the week commencing Sun 26 Apr, probably the Tuesday or Wednesday. The venue will be decided when the committee is finalized to minimise travel distances for people but will almost certainly be somewhere in the midlands area. We are looking for 5 people; the only pre requisite is that you do not have any vested interest such as being a coach, parent, partner, etc. of any of the paddlers seeking selection.

    Ideally the make-up of the committee will include a mix of experience/interest in Canadian, ladies, and men’s kayak.

    The committee’s job is to implement the published selection policy not to make policy so anyone who has a desire to see a free and fair selection process is encouraged to apply.

    The selection documents can be found on the wwr website on the ‘Downloads|GB team’ and ‘GB Team’ pages.

    If you would like to be on the committee or would like to recommend someone (with their permission) please contact Julie Lewis on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • To be eligible for selection you must be assessed as per the WWR Assessment and Selection Policy.  Once you have registered for selection the Assessment Co-ordinator Lynn Anderson will contact you when she has a list of events and other occasions when assessors can carry out assessment or will liase with assessors to provide appropriate opportunities.
    If you have registered and do not get information soon please contact Lynn ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) including your name, e-mail, boat class, contact telephone number and events you wish to be considered for.

  • Barrow race 4 results are now on the facebook page

  • New doping regulations have been released and can be found on the GB Canoeing Website. All athletes that have registered for GB Selection need to be aware of the rules and procedures. 

    There are modifications to the penalties for deliberate doping, and also there is less tolerance of careless behaviours. Please make sure you are aware of the procedures and the current banned substance list. 

  • The registration for selection is now open. Your registration for selection will automatically enter you into the selection race as well (this has not always been the case inprevious years). You will need to be logged into the website to be able to fill out the form.

    As you can amend or even cancel your registration at any time, there really is no excuse for not registering early so you don't forget! All registrations must be in before 1st April 2015. If you wish to enter more than one class you can use the "Add Guest" button to create another registration form.

    Any problems with registration need to be communicated to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  prior to registration close, and we will try to rectify any issues.

  • The results from the January Harefield race have been published. Good to see Dee Paterson back in action, and on good form too.



  • An updated organisers guide has been added to the website which contains some helpful resources and examples to get new organisers started, and as a helpful checkllist for experienced race organisers.

Season planning

Posted in Coaches Blog

Hi Race Team members

As the end of the competition season has arrived it is time to review our personal achievements over the past 12 months.

Did we set goals – did we reach or surpass them? List your achievements over the past year in paddlesport and other areas of your life. Identify where you have succeeded and where you have failed – do you know why things have not always gone as planed

Remember it's good to fail!! It shows you are pushing at the limits of your current abilities.

Remember the Olympic ice skater who fell on her backside 10,000 times before gaining the gold medal.

Managing Race Day

Posted in Coaches Blog

Well, we have done as much as we can do now, race day is almost upon us. We have prepared well, been consistent in our training and we have put the skills work in on the whitewater. We now just need to make sure we give ourselves the best opportunity to put a great race performance. As Claudine Le Roux says, "Success is choice not chance" - a great performance is a result of dedication and planning. So lets make sure we plan the critical last bit right up and through our race.

So on that theme I wanted to draw attention to the planning process for race day, and just highlight how much actually goes on - and really how we do not have a great deal of time. By planning well we can keep our inner chimp happy (the one which wants to be irrational and can affect our performances). Robbie Anderson indicated to the squad at a recent traning weekend, your chimp likes structure - not having a race day plan is like poking it with a stick! 

Grow Our Sport

Grow Our Sport is here to enhance and improve the promotion of exciting  WWR events directly to as many people as possible

Raising awareness and participation in a great paddling discipline!

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Everyone is most welcome!!

Mentor Scheme

Have you an interest in helping a young athlete reach their full potential ?

...With just a couple of hours a week to offer...you could be part of the next big success story!

The Young Paddler Mentoring Scheme aims to assist and grow the sport from the ground up. For more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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