Our friendly canoe club has introduced hundreds of people of all ages to paddling, inspiring them to enjoy the great outdoors. Many have then gone on to make it a lifetime activity. Setting up this new riverside base is essential for us to be able to continue.
We are being evicted from the site from which we have operated for the last 25+ years and as a result there is a very real danger that the club will be unable to function and cease to exist.
We have been working flat out to obtain a new site and have just received planning permission for a modest facility near Abingdon Lock. This is, however, still going to cost something in the region of £40,000, money we do not have at present. We are able to part fund from money we have saved over the years but are nowhere near the total cost,
In order to part fund this we have applied to The Aviva Community Fund. In order to stand a chance of receiving some funding we have to obtain votes from the general public for our project.
This process involves going onto the following site and registering. Once the voting process opens (from this Friday 21st October until 18th November you have 10 votes which we hope you will give all to our project.
In order to stand a chance of receiving the funding we so desperately need, we would probably have to have 500 + people each registering their 10 votes for us. This is quite a challenge, so all involved are spreading the word amongst friends, community groups and anyone who believes in what we are doing ,and is willing to register and vote as well as spreading the message amongst their contacts. If , in addition, you feel able to pass this on to any others you feel would be willing to vote that would be fantastic.
After an excellent Awards Evening at the Club the night before, members kicked off their party shoes and took part in a mix-and-match 10k (mostly) K2 fun race. After the all rain, even the sun came out. Well done all RCC members – it’s been a great year of achievement and results.
We are delighted that two members of Reading Canoe Club, Kat Wilson (Senior Women) and Fred Kemp (U16 boys), have been selected for the GB Marathon Training squad. This is based on their performance through the year in marathon and assessment races around the UK and abroad.
2nd October saw RCC’s 2nd K4 Race Day of 2016 take place – one of the most enjoyable events of the year. As has become tradition, it was a beautiful blue-sky day, minimal wind, and with 28 crews entered from 8 clubs, we were set for an exciting morning of racing.
Reading was proud to put out 9 mixed crews across the four starts (A/B, C1, C2 and D/hody), only beaten by a very enthusiastic Wey, who managed 10. Top wins were achieved by RCC with 2nd in the C1 race, 2nd and 3rd in C2, 2nd in the B race, and a tremendous 1st and 3rd from our hody paddlers. Well done all. It was a really fun day.
Fred Kemp, Junior at Reading Canoe Club, was this September part of the 20-strong GB U18 squad competing at Olympic Hopes international regatta in Szeged, Hungary. He raced in K1 200m, K1 500m and the K4 200m, getting into the semi-final in all of them.
GB coach Imogen Collins, also a paddler at RCC, was also out there with the team as part of the coaching squad.
From the race organiser: ” It is with regret that I have to inform you that WDCC has taken the decision to cancel their Hasler event on the 16th Oct 2016.
I apologise for the somewhat short notice, but unfortunately it was unavoidable. The club will look to run the event next year. “
Pangbourne heralds the start of the new hasler season and it was held in perfect conditions – bathed in sunshine and minimal wind. Reading put out an impressive team of 34 paddlers and were delighted to come away with the highest Club points. Well done Reading and all those who took part!
There were some impressive podium finishes too:
3rd Div 3 K2 Kat & Nigel
3rd Div 4 K2 Duncan & Peter
1st and 2nd Div 7 K2 Thomas & Joe, Erika & Michelle