Dave Royle training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones. More on Instagram @kim_jones_photography


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Ranking Season Suspended

Following careful consideration of the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 racing season, the Slalom Committee has made the decision that no further ranking races will be held in 2020.


About Bibs...

Paddlers will (with the exception of the handful who were promoted) have the same bibs for 2021 as for 2020. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR BIB THIS YEAR - there is no point, since you would just get the same bib back again next year. We will need a "bib application" next year, which can probably be done on line.

British Canoeing has suspended all events up to 31st July (that is, sprint, marathon etc as well as slalom). MORE>

Ranking Season Suspended

Following careful consideration of the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 racing season, the Slalom Committee has made the decision that no further ranking races will be held in 2020.

We hope that many organisers will run local events when that becomes possible. In the meantime I have deleted the calendar from this page. If you plan to have a race please email  and I will promote the event here.

Olivia Alderson training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Laura Pottinger - Slalom Inspires - picture © Kim Jones.
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David Florence at Lee Valley - picture © Peter Milsom www.petermilsomphotography.co.uk

Kate Lyndon - Slalom Inspires - picture © Kim Jones.
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Megan Hamer-Evans at Lee Valley - picture © Kim Jones.
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Nikita Setchell at Lee Valley - picture © Kim Jones.
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Peter Linksted at Lee Valley - picture © Peter Milsom www.petermilsomphotography.co.uk

Slalom Posters

We are happy to publish a miniature on this page, linked to your bigger poster. The miniature will be small. Keep pictures and text big and bold!



BOA and BC Confirm Olympic Selections

The Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 next year.

The British Olympic Association and British Canoeing have confirmed that the five canoeing athletes already nominated for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will remain as selected to represent Team GB at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games in July - August 2021.

The selected athletes are:

Liam Heath: Sprint Menís K1 200m
Mallory Franklin: Slalom Womenís C1
Kimberley Woods: Slalom Womenís K1
Adam Burgess: Slalom - Menís C1
Bradley Forbes-Cryans: Slalom - Menís K1

C1 Development

Have a look at Dan Goddard's C1 Canoe Slalom Technique Website>

Get Reinstated or Ranked

Used to paddle slalom? Reckon you could still kick .....? Why not get reinstated and race again? Or you'd like to have a shot at another class, or you're just a good paddler who's never got into slalom? Here's a form to make applying for reinstatement/ranking easy.

Minutes of Committee Meetings

3 Jun   1 Apr   1 Feb
1 Dec   ACM 30 Nov   3 Nov
4 Aug   18 May   30 Mar
    2 Feb    

Ali Setchell

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Alison Setchell passed away peacefully on Friday 26 June with Martyn and Nikita by her side.

Anyone who has been connected with Canoe Slalom will have known Alison for her involvement in our sport for over 40 years. Whether on the bank as a Qualified ICF Official or Section Judge, working behind the scenes with the England Slalom Committee, or arranging training at Lee Valley, she dedicated so much of her time to the sport she loved. She also continued to compete and enjoyed paddling rough water in the company of other veterans at Division 1 events. Alison was also devoted to her family, Martyn and Nikita, and they always did everything together. She will be missed very much by the National and International community, her friends and, of course her family.

Alison's Funeral will be held at Wilford Hill Crematorium on Wed 15th July at 1pm. Whilst the number permitted to attend in person is extremely limited, all are welcome to join with Martyn and Nikita on the live stream to celebrate Alison's life. A link to the live stream will be added here when available.

Matlock Slalom Course Returns

After months without a slalom course Matlock is back up and running as a slalom venue. MORE>

ICF "hopeful events can be held in 2020"

The International Canoe Federation remains hopeful there will be international canoe slalom, canoe sprint, paracanoe and wildwater events before the end of this year, following the latest ICF board meeting.

Organisers of canoe slalom world cups in Tacen, Slovenia, and Pau, France are continuing preparations for their events, scheduled for October and November.

The ICF and organisers are working on detailed operational plans with Covid 19 measures to enable athletes, coaches and staff to feel safe during the competitions. The board agreed it was important to do whatever it could to return to competition, but the health and safety of athletes and officials remains the number one priority.

Next yearís U23 and junior canoe slalom world championships in New Zealand has been cancelled. The ICF has also postponed its 2020 congress, which was scheduled for Manila in the Philippines in December. The ICF board voted to hold the next congress in March or April 2021.

Calendar Applications for 2021 - Revised Dates

Online Calendar Applications for 2021 are now live at

The deadlines for applications are:

Premier & Division 1 events by 1st May 1st July 2020

All other events by 1st July 1st September 2020

Return to Paddling

Paddling is allowed in England as long as government guidelines around social distancing are followed.


 Different rules apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland:



Zach Pearson training at HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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British Canoeing Online Coaching Community of Practice

The British Canoeing coaching department will be running a weekly online coaching community of practice videos which you can sign up to and watch, a full news article can be found through clicking on the link HERE>

Join British Canoeing for the first of a weekly conversation connecting coaches from across the British Canoeing paddlesports community on Thursday 9th April, between 2 and 3pm.

Each week we will choose a coaching topic and discuss the implications and applications in various coaching contexts, sharing our experiences and learning. This week Craig Morris (Podium Technical Coach - Canoe Slalom) will be joined by Matt Lawrence (Technical Coach - Paracanoe), Luke Smyth (Southern Regional Pathway Coach - Canoe Slalom) and Imogen Collins (England National Talent Squad Coach - Canoe Sprint) to discuss how they are managing to 'Coach through COVID'.

This meeting will be held online via Google hangouts, so you will need to be able to access this mechanism. If you would like to join the conversation please email for a meeting invite. Places will be restricted by technology.

If you are unable to join us at the time, the conversations will be recorded and available as a download from the British Canoeing Awarding Body digital library, allowing you to catch up when it suits.

Daniel Thompson
Talent Operations Coordinator

Sport England Announce £195 Million Package to Help Sport

Sport England have announced a £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through Coronavirus. MORE>


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Last updated 05/07/2020