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Thameside 1

Everything is looking good for Thameside 1, you can still enter. Buoyancy aids are strongly recommended for all and compulsory for juniors, as the river is quite high.

There are a few fallen trees, all passable. There are two close together just above the bridge at The Cunning Man pub which could be tricky. Below are pictures from this morning’s penultimate course inspection.

JDS Training Day at the Club, 21st January 2022

Saturday, in late January, the club played host to 60 junior paddlers taking part in a Junior Development Squad training day. These juniors came from over 12 clubs, 13 paddlers from Reading Canoe Club itself.

It was specifically a crew day, with two K4 sessions (getting 15 K4s together, from all over the country, was quite some task). The first session focused on skill development in same-ability crews; the second mixed up crews, both gender and ability, and practised wash-hanging skills.

It was terrific to have RCC’s 2019 Junior World Champion sprinter, Dan Atkins, there to give a talk about motivation.

A thoroughly enjoyable and productive day for juniors, tailored to have minimal impact on club activities. Big shout out to the club for supporting this event and allowing it to take place there.

K4s racing up river, with coaches alongside on bikes, mindful of pedestrians on the prom

Stafford & Stone slalom competition, January 2022

RCC slalom paddlers headed up to Stafford and Stone canoe club for the winter mini-series. Despite the chilly weather, Peter, Emily, George, Andy N and Craig all enjoyed an excellent competition.

A handicap system meant everyone was in with a chance of the overall win. With well over a hundred competitors on the day, George took top spot among the Reading paddlers coming in an impressive 15th overall. Well done to all. There’s a picture below of Emily twisting and turning. No capsizing here!

Litter pick, Sunday 7th Nov

Jan and Sue will be leading a river clean-up this Sunday, in Canadians. Please do come and lend a hand – Jan and Sue and the environment will appreciate your help, even just for an hour.

Meet at the club at 2pm.

This occurs the first Sunday of every month.

Nigel’s birthday surprise

The youthful Nigel, one of our longest-standing coaches, turned 60 last year, during the pandemic, so the party that had been carefully planned had to be rapidly shelved. However, it wasn’t forgotten and over just a year, plus two months, we sprung him a big surprise.

Nigel isn’t one for surprises, but he dealt with it well considering. At least it was better that the planned rescue session he thought he was running – a ruse to get him down to the club on a Saturday afternoon.

Erika, Brian and the troop of helpers had planned some crazy silly team games on the water – Death Match, Tug of War, canoe relay, race circuits, charioteers … they packed those games in, sank a few boats and laughed their way through. All rewarded with a slap-up barbecue and lots of birthday cakes.

Nigel was presented with the latest Garmin watch and heart rate monitor as a present from all at the club – he’d been eyeing it up for a while.

Happy Birthday Nigel. Sorry for the surprise, but we hope you enjoyed your party nonetheless!

We played some crazy, silly games on the water
We made a collection and bought Nigel a Garmin watch. Now he can see the numbers
There were many cakes, but this was the biggest!

August Children’s Festival Taster sessions

This was our third set of taster sessions we offered to children outside the club (including those for Emmer Green) – another full house, with at least 30 on the waiting list.

Blessed again with good weather, we had 90 happy children over three days trying out club marathon boats, as well as slalom. The nervous were reassured, while some seemed to revel in capsizing.

Many were very keen to sign up for courses or U10s early next year.

Our lead coaches and our main coaches were outstanding, with lots of great feedback:

‘Thank you for a brilliant day. Connor was a bit nervous but your staff, especially Emily, was very kind to him. He had a fab time’

Yes, Leo loved it, so just waiting for a space on a course.

“It was AWESOME!’. 

“He said Emily and Patrick and all your coaches were super, and loved the racing kayak with the steering. He had a thoroughly lovely time. Thank you so much.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the kayak session today. They haven’t stopped sharing their experience since.

A huge thank you to you & your amazing team!”

Teaching the new children what to do with their paddle