It was party time … 84 members, family and friends congregated at Reading Canoe Club on the evening of 17th November. Dancing shoes on, glitter scattered liberally and we were ready to party. Most of all, we were all keen to know who had won what!
Greeted with a glass of Prosecco, guests had time to mingle, before settling down to hear a very polished, relaxed and entertaining presentation from Immi and Kat. Nigel gave his round up of time trial – records broken, miles paddled, and this year’s king and queen of tarts (the ones with the most K2 partners through the season). He then presented us with his amazing ergo session statistics, before naming this year’s ergo dragons (those who paddled the most strokes on ergo machines). Miriam, on a 3-minute time limit, gave a quick round up of PIGs (paddler improver group), naming Lisa her top ‘PIG’.
Club colours were awarded to 10 members this year:
Trophies were given to:
Paddler of the Year – Bethan Davies
Sprint Paddler of the Year – Dan Atkins
Ashes Trophy (for greatest contribution) – Amber Owen
K2 of the Year – Dan Atkins and Fred Kemp
Veteran of the Year – Jan Raciborski
Swimmer of the Year – Fran Boonham
Most Improved Paddler – Matt Clarke
Most Improved Junior Paddler – Finlay Topham
Junior Paddler of the Year – Sam Betts and Toby Betts
Slalom Paddler of the Year – Emily Neville and Natalie Neville
Cruse Cup for most hasler points scored – Evan Shephard
It was an entertaining, very enjoyable and lively 90 minutes, after which the kitchen leapt into action and provided a tasty dinner of chicken and chorizo with salad, followed by an array of stupendous puddings. Our members are so good at rustling up a totally irresistible selection.
Tables and chairs cleared, there was just time to finish the evening with a bit of boogie special, mostly, but not exclusively, from the junior contingent.
A great evening of celebration and lots of fun was had by all … just as it should be!
Sunday was another great day at RCC. We had just over 40 paddlers attending the second of our series of 4 winter training days. The 40 juniors were spread across six clubs coming from a variety of directions – Nottingham, Banbury, Devizes, Southampton and Falcon were all in attendance, as well as paddlers from our own club.
We had 3 groups out on the water for the first session, all doing a variety of different sessions. The younger ones were off doing 1km, while the older and faster juniors were speeding off up and down the river. These groups were led by Jim New, Imogen Collins, Brian Greenham, Trevor Hunter (DEV), Ian Thackray (DEV) and Graham Warland (BAN).
The second session consisted of 100m relay running, on the opposite of the river to the club.
Just after lunch we had a talk led by BC coach and RCC Head Coach Imogen Collins, talking about how to train smart and get the best out of your training.
After that we split off into 5 teams and completed three 500m relay races and one 5K relay race. In this session we had a couple of swims from various over zealous paddlers!
All in all another great day at the club helping a variety of paddlers learn from different coaches and one another.
The date for the 3rd in the series of training days will be 16th December, where we look forward to seeing more young and enthusiastic juniors take to the water.
Our brilliant coach, ‘Brian the Legend’, competed at the World Masters Championships this August. He entered the Masters 65-69 years and, with a start line of 23 competitors from 16 countries, won it. That adds yet another title to his huge haul. Many congratulations, Brian, you truly are a legend.
The Olympic Hopes 2018 regatta took place 14th-16th September in Poznan, Poland. Competition was tougher than ever, with 716 paddlers from 36 countries. Eastern Europe and Germany once again dominated the event. Qualifying from semi-finals to finals was a feat in itself, with only the top two going through in most semis.
The GB squad, comprising 29 athletes, included two of Reading’s top Junior paddlers – Daniel Atkins and Freddie Kemp. They performed particularly well in their K2 200m, in a hugely tough field, coming 8th in the final. The crowning glory was taking Bronze in their K4 500m race, with Andras Keresztuzi (EAL) and Philip Miles (RLS).