Here is a copy of the regional report that Emma produced for the Regional Development Team AGM.
2015 Marathon Racing Report.
The 2015 Season has again seen a high number of paddlers attending regional competitions as last year with a new high of 119 paddlers attending the Exeter Hasler Race earlier in the season. Links between schools and clubs are finally beginning to improve with pupils attending local events as opposed to just the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race once a year. This is something we intend to build on in the coming year as we further develop these links.
The year started with volunteers from Exeter, Fowey and Bradford on Avon organising the South West Marathon training day back in January, the event was a huge success with clubs and schools from across the region getting together for a day of coaching sessions and group training.
DW and the Watersides again saw over 100 paddlers entering from schools and clubs across the region with Dan Palmer and Connor Peters (Foy) taking 1st place in the Junior Doubles race for the second year in a row. Other notable results: Michael Purchas and Nigel Unwin (BOA) winning the century trophy, Exeter taking 3rd place in the team competition, Tom Dudding and Nicolas Timpson (Bristol uni) taking the university cup, Devizes taking 2nd Place in the \junior team, and 1st place in the junior ladies team competitions.
Regional Races were held at Fowey, Exeter, Totnes, Calstock, Truro, Wadebridge and Bradford on Avon organised by volunteers from Fowey, Exeter, Truro and Bradford on Avon canoe clubs. Congratulations must go to Truro Canoe club who have won the South West Series this year; this has been achieved through dedication to improve without a clubhouse and by the coaches having to transport the boats to training sessions. The following clubs have from results this season qualified for next week’s Inter Club Hasler final in Oxford: Truro, Fowey, Exeter, Tamar, Bradford on Avon and Bristol (next season the south west region will have 5 qualifying spots).
After last year’s rule changes brought on by requests by ourselves to the MRC to allow ‘recognised surf skis’ to participate in races within our region we are pleased to report that we now have several skis entering most of our regional competitions with marathon paddlers also making up half the entries in surf ski races- this benefits both sports.
On a National Level there have been a number of junior selections from our clubs this year, in March Harriet Quigley (Boa) and Matthew Collinge (Foy) were both part of a development trip to the Gent Marathon. Additionally this month will see Harriet Quigley (Boa) and Bronte Holden (Foy) as part of an U16 team heading to the French Nationals at the end of the month.
On a negative note requests for assistance from the British Canoeing from racing clubs for coaches, training and the organisation of events continue to be ignored, with comments about how far the south west is from Nottingham often being given as an excuse. The links between the regional academies, performance department and clubs are not improving with many clubs unsure as to how to get their paddlers selected for regional or national groups, this has been discussed in a recent survey that the sprint and marathon committees in conjunction with clubs has recently conducted and delivered to British canoeing therefore I am not going to discuss the issues here but for those with an interest in this they can be found: http://canoeracing.org.uk/marathon/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Survey-feedback-report.pdf
Positively after about 5 years of requesting it the Marathon Coaching Module will take place in Exeter on Sunday 18th October – finally proof that if enough clubs continuously ask for something British canoeing can only tell us there isn’t demand for so long!
The 2016 Season starts on Sunday 27th September with the first ever Gloucester Hasler Race – please see attached for the details. The season will then continue with the Fowey Hasler on 25th October, we then take a break for the winter months with the winter series taking place at various clubs across the region – for details on this please see foweyrivercanoeclub.co.uk.