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.

Latest News

  • Following our recent request for nominees and volunteers for three roles, Competency Assessors, Competency Assessor Co-ordinator and Selection Committee the exec would provisionally like to announce the following people


    Paul Anderson, can assess all classes

    Nicky Cresser, can assess all classes except Senior MK1 as he is intending to compete in the MK1 class

    Jamie Christie, can assess all classes except Senior Mk1 and C2 as he is intending to compete in these classes

    Grant Anderson, can assess all classes except Senior MK1 as he is intending to compete in the MK1 class

    We are also hoping Neil Stamps will be an assessor this year for all classes.

    Co-ordinator role

    Lynn Anderson

    Prior to the exec giving full ratification of these positions the exec would like to allow the oppotunity for any objections or concerns to be raised. These should be submitted to Julie Lewis as soon as possible.

    We are still working on the selection committee roles and updates will be published as soon as we have details.

    Many Thanks

    Jamie Christie

  • Training camp Grandtully Sunday 14th to Wednesday 17th December.
    A group of paddlers are training at Grandtully on the aforementioned dates. The days will consist of Canadian and kayak wild water skills work led by national canoe coach Paul Anderson.
    Anyone wishing to join is more than welcome with coaching and video analysis open to all. Paddlers should be capable of training on grade 3 water.
    Those interested should contact Paul at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • This video has been put together by Amelia Combes of the Sharks. It's a great overview of our sport.


  • GB2014weekendGrant Anderson is running an open invitation training weekend at Nottingham. This is an excellent opportunity for experienced paddlers to refine their skills and for those new to the sport to get a head start from knowledgeable coaches and team paddlers alike. Click poster on right for details.

  • WWR DEE at Llangollen 2014 GB WWR Classic & Team Race

    British Canoeing Wild Water Racing (WWR) National Series Classic race and Welsh Championships, will take place on the River Dee in Llangollen, Denbighshire on Saturday 6th December 2014. There will also be a regional classic race and a team race. A number of groups will be training and practicing over the weekend catering from all levels from development through to elite. There will be a shuttle service available on both days for anyone needing it.

    The Prize Giving will be in the Chain Bridge Hotel at 1800 where the Llangollen Cup will be awarded by the Mayor, Bob Lube. This will be followed by an informal social dinner – all welcome.

    Based on demand we will also look at running a second regional race on the Sunday.

    Entry Fees £15.00 adults £7.50 juniors. £2.50 late entry fee. Dinner £12.50 per head.

    Entries in advance to:

  • In order to ensure that selection is as open and transparent as the WWR Executive can make it, volunteers or nominees (with the nominees permission) meeting the basic criteria required for the following roles are requested to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Honorary WWR Secretary) by 5th December. Please give key details which MUST include:

    • Full contact details:
    • Area of the Country that the person can cover for the role (where applicable)
    • Brief details of how they meet the criteria for the role
    • A paragraph of why they wish to do the role and what they would bring to role

    Applications are especially welcomed from women to try to balance roles in a more equal opportunities way.

    Role 1: Competency Assessors (Potentially 4-6 depending on Country wide coverage


  • The 2015 GB selection policy has been published. This policy should be read in conjuction with the athlete assessment guide and the event specific assessments for performance and safety. The Junior and U23 assessments can be found in the Junior Team area and the senior Worlds, Europeans and World cups can be found in the Senior Team area.

    All the best to every athlete considering putting themselves forward for selection. 

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! 

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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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