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

World Championships Blog

World Champs – Coaches Blog Friday.

The GB team assembled at the Classic race start to contemplate the team event race. To open the days proceedings, the Canadian Singles team of Hamilton/Hunt/Houston set off. With the 3 men very close on the individual race the experienced pair set to maximise the speed of slalom specialist Andrew Houston. Mr Hamilton led the charge setting the pace with a tight formation leading to a faster time than the previous day’s best.

The Ladies team of Brown/Campbell/Oxtoby rattled off the start in most credible performance coming in as 5th team.

Next off was Cresser/Miller/Anderson working hard in a highly competitive and close run field. The final placing of 6th was an excellent result from 15 teams.

Following the mornings racing was some well-earned rest and food before last chance practice on the stunning gorge sprint course, ahead of the Worlds Sprint on Saturday.

Evening was the classic medal ceremony and time to get rest ahead of the sprint event.

Saturday 4th – WWR Sprint Worlds

The speed specialists assembled in what promised to be a tantalising day of fast and furious racing, with 30 second gaps giving good spectator value for the assembled masses. The team converged at the classic start for a group warm up to the sprint course and then some last minute refinement of lines.

The day lived up to expectations with some great GB results for this largely young team.

The Men’s K1 hunted the 15 final qualification spots with Grant Anderson setting a highly competitive opening run. The boys narrowly missed the cut off.

Canadian singles continued to be solid performers with Andy Hamilton continuing his recent form to hold as top GB Sprinter. The ladies C1 race produced a nail biting performance by new athletes Rachel Houston missing the final by a single spot and narrow margins.

Ed and Jamie in the C2 thumped down the course in an impressive time for such a new pairing, and in Women’s C1 Rachel Houston also a novice racer having transitioned from slalom, proved that the new squad have massive potential with another class run missing the final qualification by so little and being the cut off……A wonderful first outing.

So that leaves the Ladies K1……… Great runs by Morna Campbell and Lydia Oxtoby secured the team event placings closely run by Louise Revell. However the blue ribbon went to Hannah who after the first run was needing another 2 seconds to be in the mix…..was this possible….well yes !!! The gas was upped for an electric performance posting the 2nd fastest time of the day in the ladies and into the final.

The Final Ladies K1

 

With the entire GB team assembled in support, the eyes of the team were firmly on Hannah Brown and a single run in the final. The race was held at 9pm in a flood lit gorge. With a medal a very real possibility the expectations were palpable….. Hannah’s run was near perfect off the start and explosive through the entire first half.

Towards the end of the final rapid a small mistake provided a costly correction, with Hannah crossing the line in first place with now the result determined by the final 5. The next 3 crossed the line all slower and with a guaranteed medal the eyes were on the screen for the final two with the margins into the 100s….. The next was quarter a second behind and now with one to go the clock froze for a moment as the team held their breath…… by 002 of a second Hannah was WORLD CHAMPION.  

 

Final Day…..Sprint Teams and Coaches Reflections.

 

The World Championships 2016 ended for Great Britain with the Sprint Team Race.

The C1s led the way in 7th Place and the Ladies followed with a 5th just missing the medals hunt. The Men pushed hard, also being pushed just out of contention.

In terms of team event reflections, the C1s have more progress to bridge the gap with the top performers. The threesome worked well as a team and were most competent on the water. With new blood in the discipline I look with interest to next year. The stand out performer was Andy Hamilton who really had a fantastic all round trip and looked as good as most top paddlers on the rough. Mr Houston so new to the discipline is one to watch so close so soon…..

The Ladies were a group so full of promise and delivered with both a World Champion and rise in standard over the past year moving into the mid pack.

Rachel Houston in ladies C1 in many ways was the find of the trip. Having made the transition only months ago from slalom her classic result was near to the brits C1 times and as a percentage better. An excellent achievement.

It was a shame to only sport the single C2 with one pulling out, however the new crew were impressive on the water.

Men’s K1 is now starting to see a progression in pushing the sprint finals and the top 10 positions. With Ricky and Phil young and a fast developing under 23 group I suspect we will see good things to come.

As a team we do need to continue to close the percentage gap and also need consideration to more team event practice.

To finish I would say the team as a collective were focused and very much a functioning unit, in the true team sense of the word. They behaved and performed to a level where their nation can be proud.

A big thank you to the coaches, drivers and helpers who both assisted me in this event and the 2 years leading to this.

Paul Anderson – Head Coach GB WWR

ICF Board Nominations

Notice from British Canoeing:

"We are looking for any volunteers to be nominated by the WWR committee for British Canoeing representation on the ICF WWR Committee and as International Technical Officials (ITO - including Judges and Referees) . We’re also looking for any event’s organisers want to propose an ICF event  be nominated.

Please contact the Chairman or Hon Secretary if you would like to be considered and would like more details."

Timescales are:

 

Nominations for      British Canoeing Dates   ICF/ECA Deadline Dates
 ICF Committee Nominations     1st August 2016  24th August 2016 
 ECA Technical Delegate Nominations  1st December 2016  1st/15th January 2017 TBC
 ICF ITO nominations   1st December 2016   1st January 2017
ECA ITO Nominations  - All Disciplines 1st December 2016  1st/15th January 2017 TBC
2018 ICF Level 3 Events   1st February 2017 1st March 2017                              

                       

                                                  

Hannah Brown - Double Sprint World Champion

hannah podiumHannah Brown pulled out a great performance at the World Wildwater Racing Championships in Banja Luka, Bosnia to take the world sprint title. In a closely fought sequence of races Hannah topped the results for the last of the qualifying heats and went on to take the title by only 2 hundredths of a second in the spectcular floodlit finals.

This is the second individual title for Hannah, having taken the title previously on the Soca river, Slovenia in 2013. Her result topped a great championships for Great Britain, with strong performances from Nicky Cresser in the classic race taking 11th and encouraging strength and depth returning across all the classes.hannah paddling

World Championships Coaches Blog Thursday

Thursday – World Championships Classic Race

The day that 2 years’ hard work came together in a single point in time. A quiet expectation with the odd burst of “Cresser” comedy filled house, as the logistics plan kicked into life with a series of class shuttles and support movements.

The battle rhythm to ensue was C1 Men, K1 Ladies, K1 Men, C1 Ladies, C2 Men. The Masters Athletes  led the charge ahead of the main races to follow.

The C1s led the British battle charge with Ryan Hunt coming in at 19th, very closely followed by Andy Hamilton and Andy Houston, making for a good team event to come.

In the ladies K1 Hannah Brown smashed back onto the scene with a 12th place in 16.57. Lydia Oxtoby put in a good performance coming 18th, followed 2 seconds behind by junior Morna Campbell.

The Mens K1 provided Nicky Cresser with a superb 11th placing in 13.57, which is not bad for a guy that broke his arm in December (roller skating !!!).

Ladies C1 was an all Scottish affair with Morna Campbell doing the double, and new girl Rachel Houston. Rachel put in a highly impressive time of 17.20 coming in 11th which as a percentage behind the winner was a fantastic result and seemingly putting some pressure on her brother……….

Ed McDermid and Jamie Christie closed the day for the Brits with 16.00 and 14th place, which with Ed the new front man at only 17 and still a junior is a wonderful foundation.

A team meal followed, with thought ahead to the following day and the Classic Team Event.

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Coaches Blog – GB Team World Championships (Tuesday)

The Great Britain Team safety converged on the city of Banja Luka and claimed the cozy accommodation as their own.

With sunshine, warm weather and steady water levels the team set about learning the lines through the tricky boil laden gorge section. A number of hard sessions over the weekend into Monday have now led to an easier day (Tuesday) with boat control pending and accreditation.

Night time training this evening under spot lights will allow the athletes to acclimatise for the evening sprint racing this Saturday.

The team are in excellent spirits and have gelled well, with entertainment being supplied in heaps by Masters Cresser and McDiarmed.

Coaches Blog -World Championships – Tuesday

This morning was a planned rest session giving our athlete’s much needed recovery time from the volume of the previous day’s efforts. There was however boat control to navigate, with the Brits managing to be first in the que and through with no issues.

It was then back for a period of rest and Paul trying the hair salon as the Guinea pig before others dare to venture……..

The river in its nature has been very kind to the boats with minimal need to spend time making repairs. The river Verbas is a wonderful course of clear water and wave chains. The main event is in a gorge section of the river giving good bouncy water and some challenging boils making it difficult to achieve the ‘perfect run’.

At 8pm the team assembled at the classic start to warm up down to the sprint course for the designated evening session under flood lights. All team members performed in this session with some really outstanding performances.

Tomorrow has planned another phase of the pre-race taper with the last chance for athletes to make some last minute adjustments, along with the Masters Athletes who are first off in the following days events.

Wednesday – World Champs Coach Blog

The final day of taper before the start of the event giving the team the chance to prepare for what lay ahead. A few took the opportunity for some final line refinement, with the bulk opting to take the full rest option.

The evening was the Opening Ceremony with the team dressed to impress in the new design GB attire. To the amazement of all not only did it start on time, the ceremony was concluded in 20 minutes. The team was joined after by ICF President Albert Woods passing some words of encouragement and congratulations for selections.

A final ice-cream and a prompt bed time finalised the day.

Manor Farm Race Report 8th May

MAD DOGS AND CANOEISTS GO OUT IN THE MIDDAY SUN!!!

Manor Farm Wild Water sprint canoe race was held on the certainly the hottest day of 2016 so far.

Timeless Summer Day

Through the lovely woods of Manor Farm (home of the War Time Farm seen on TV), to the River Hamble upstream of the M27 Motorway Bridge, by courtesy of the Manor Farm Park Managers, a gruelling 8 to 11 minute sprint was raced twice by paddlers aged from 13 to 77.  The main obstacles were the pleasure boaters, fun paddlers, shallows covered by the spring tide and the crabbing lines off the jetty. The race seemed to be appreciated by the large group of onlookers probably thinking why on earth are they expending so much effort on such a hot day!!!

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

The Hamble Sea scouts yet again showed their mettle by paddling to the start from their base, over 1.5 miles downstream, with a practice rescue on route, the hapless scout who fell in shall remain nameless, "don't panic Mr Wilkins!!!"  They then entertained the rest of the paddlers and the non-paying public with rolling, swimming and generally having a good time whilst those with less energy sat back in the faint hope they would tire themselves out for the race to give us a fighting chance!!!  After the race they paddled back off into the distance hopefully to be seen again some time.

Just Messing About in the river!!!

Paddy Wilkins from the Hamble Sea Scouts at the start.

In the Wild Water class Dr Selwyn Richards yet again beat off his rival Richard Davis, with Selwyn's son 15 year old Tom coming in a creditable third. The Hamble Sea Scouts made a clean sweep of the Open class with 17 year old Conor Buckman taking the honours, Special mention should go to Hamble Sea Scout Michael Preston who despite being quite new to the formula one racing K1 he was paddling put in two times within a second of each other.

Michael Preston

Prize Giving

Susan Templeton the organiser said "I was so impressed yet again everyone rallied round to make the race a success by helping with timings, getting paddlers in and out of the water and encouraging each other.  All ages respectful and supportive of each other."

Everyone said they had, had a great time on a lovely day.

There are a number of WWR and open races as part of a series taking place in the South with the next one the Hamble River Raid http://www.hambleriverraid.com/  (including a ranking WWR race) on 21 May 2016, see http://www.wildwater.org.uk . For details of visiting the lovely Manor Farm and Wartime Farm as seen on TV go to http://www3.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm

Susan Templeton

8 May 2016

New British Canoeing Event Safety Website

Message from John Hatton, Development Network Support Manager: The web page has now gone live on the British canoeing web site, the link is attached below as a resource for members and event organisers. 

The page is intended to provide practical information and resources to clubs and event organisers as well as setting out the Event Safety Management system. It is a designed to cover all events whether recreational or competitive run by any organisation affiliated to or part of British Canoeing. 

 https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/guidance-resources/event-safety-management/ 

 Safety, as we all know, is a dynamic issue and subject to review and improvement. As such suggestions and contributions on improving the site and resources for event organisers are welcome.

 Thanks, John

 

 

John Hatton
Development Network Support Manager

Mobile: 07891 051270.
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GB WWR Team selected 2016

It is my pleasure to announce the GB Wildwater Racing team for 2016.

Senior World Championships

  • MC1 Ryan Hunt, Andrew Hamilton, Andy Houston
  • LC1 Morna Campbell, Rachel Houston
  • MK1 Nicky Cresser, Grant Anderson, Phil Dean, Ricky Millar.
  • WK1 Hannah Brown, Louise Revell, Lydia Oxtoby, Morna Campbell
  • MC2 Jamie Christie/Eddie McDiarmiad, Andy Houston/Mike Brown 

Senior World Cups

  • MC1 Ryan Hunt, Andy Houston
  • LC1 Morna Campbell, Rachel Houston
  • MK1 Nicky Cresser, Phil Dean, Ricky Millar, Rob Jefferies, Jiri Tykal, Sandy Fothringham
  • LK1 Hannah Brown, Louise Revell, Lydia Oxtoby, Morna Campbell, Rachel Houston, Lorna Mine
  • MC2 Ryan Hunt/William Fotheringham

U23 Pre- World Championships

  • MC1 Ryan Hunt, Michael Houston
  • LC1 Rachel Houston
  • MK1 Ricky Millar, Rob Jefferies, Sandy Fotheringham, Mike Rees-Clarke
  • LK1 Louise Revell, Rachel Houston, Rachel Slade 

Junior European Championships

  • LC1 Morna Campbell
  • MC1 Will Fotheringham, Raoul Chappell
  • MC2 Jack Perchard/ Aaron Kirk
  • LK1 Morna Campbell, Jodie Ball, Lucy Brown, Laura Milne
  • MK1 Callum Gingell, Connor Turner, Freddie Brown, Ed McDiarmiad

The teams posted will contest 4 major competition sets this summer including the World Championships and Junior Europeans.

The athletes are a blend of experience and new raw talent which makes for some exciting prospects.

Details of the individual tours will be provided shortly when athletes have confirmed places and responded to the initial information requests.

The coaching support for the teams is as follows -

World Championships

  • Paul Anderson
  • Ross Pearton
  • Carl Foody 
  • Fraser Gormal

World Cup

  • Ross Pearton 

Juniors 

  • Nicky Cresser 
  • Sandra Hyslop 

The national coaches will support athletes in preparation with advice and help by arrangement.

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the national coaching team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul 

Woodmill Race Report 9th April

WOODMILL ON THE RIVER ITCHEN WILD WATER RACE

9 APRIL 2016

The race was based at Woodmill Activity Centre by kind permission of Neil Adcock the Operations Manager. A number of the paddlers that had never been to the centre before variously said “It is like H.G. Wells lost world but with canoes and other exciting kit rather than dinosaurs!” whilst others compared it to “A mini paradise”. It was great to see so many activities, e.g. kayaking and canoeing on the lake, river sluice pool and River Itchen and on the grounds, climbing, jenga but with crates and a person trying to stay on top (with a harness on) wild life talks etc., going on for people of all ages and abilities alongside the WWR race and everyone having fun.

The Wild Water race started from just above Mansbridge

 

Chris Blacker C1WWR

and raced down to Woodmill Bridge on the River Itchen and provided a good spectacle for the many members of the public walking along the path alongside the River.

 

Ready to Go Again Wavehoppers

The race was held over two runs of 0.5miles. Hamble Sea Scout leader John Dyke gasped after he finished his second run “It is a long way to sprint!”

 

Paddling Hard K1

20 paddlers with an age range of 9 to 77 raced, a tribute to the sport where all ages can participate. Dr Selwyn Richards took the Men’s WWR class, with Richard Davis aged 77, 14 seconds behind in second place; Susan Templeton taking the honours in the Ladies WWR class

 

Dr Selwyn Richards WWR

In the Open class raced by K1’s (with rudders to steer) Richard Johns won the Men’s and daughter Poppy aged 11 the Ladies. Hamble Sea Scouts raced in force and produced some good results in both classes.

 

Proud Young Winners

There are a number of WWR and open races as part of a series taking place in the South with the next one being at Manor Farm Country park on 8 May 2016, followed by a WWR race run with the Winchester ranking Division 4 slalom on 15 May 2016 and then the Hamble River Raid http://www.hambleriverraid.com/ (including a ranking WWR race) on 21 May 2016, see http://www.wildwater.org.uk for details. For K1 racing see www.southamptoncc.co.uk/ based from Woodmill Activity Centre http://www.woodmill.co.uk/

By Susan Templeton 12 April 2016