Emma Christie at Matlock - picture © Sarah Sandercock


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Calendar for 2021

Additions to the Calendar

Llandysul Paddlers will run a Division 2/3 race on 10/11 July, with a Div 4 on the lake.

Pinkston Panthers will run a Div 1 double on 28/29 August at Grandtully.

Pinkston Panthers will run a one-day Div 2 race at Pinkston on 7 August.

Frome CC will run a Div 3/4 double on 18/19 September.

Other Requested Changes

CR Cats would like to run a one-day Div 3 event at Pinkston on Saturday 4th September (respond by 25th June)

If any other club wants an alternative to be taken into consideration please contact .

Spectators at Slaloms

Due to the pandemic some competitions are collecting the names of non-racing attendees (parents, coaches etc). There will be a red bar at the top of the race entry page. If you are a non-competing attendee, please click on it.

Competitors do not need to register as spectators

If there is no red bar, the competition is not collecting spectator names.

You can cancel Spectator entries HERE>


Rebecca Ogilvie at Selection, HPP - picture © Kim Jones. More on Instagram @kim_jones_photography

Nikita Setchell at Selection, HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Sophie Ogilvie at Selection, HPP - picture © Kim Jones.
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Minutes of Committee Meetings

    15 Apr   23 Mar
9 Mar   9 Feb   7 Jan
28 Nov   ACM 28 Nov   29 Oct
23 Sep 19 Aug 29 Jul
3 Jun   1 Apr   1 Feb

No Demotions This Year

There will be no demotions at the end of the 2020/2021 ranking season.

Following due consideration, the slalom committee has made the decision that there will be no demotions at the end of this ranking season, in recognition of the disruption caused to the season through the coronavirus pandemic. The decision is being made at this point to encourage athletes only to attend races where it is safe and responsible for them to do so, rather than feeling under pressure to achieve ranking points.

We anticipate the 2022 season running as normal.

ICF Athletes Committee

Nominations are open for the ICF Athletes Committee. The committee consists of one male and one female from each of canoe sprint, canoe slalom and paracanoe, and two athletes from non-Olympic disciplines. For more information on the Committee visit the ICF Athlete Committee webpage.

To be a candidate for this election the athlete must have competed internationally and have participated in at least one world championship in an ICF Discipline within the last six years.

The ICF ask interested candidates to submit a CV and a one minute video (which will be posted online) by end July 2021. Voting will be carried out at this year’s ICF sprint, paracanoe and slalom world championships, while the non-Olympic positions will be an online vote September/November.

If you are interested please contact , British Canoeing Head of Events & International Affairs for more information.

Div 3 or 4? Go for Shepperton!

Following the recent good weather, the river level is now ideal to stage an extremely good Div 3/4 race over 2 days . We look forward to welcoming as many paddlers as possible entering to enjoy the event and forecast good weather on the weekend of 19th and 20th June.


England Slalom Talent Programme U23

Following the reallocation of U23 squad inclusion, here is the updated England Slalom Talent Programme squad list.

England Canoe Slalom Talent Programme Strategy>

Daniel Thompson
Talent Operations Coordinator

Lessons Learned from organising an event during Covid restrictions

U23 and Junior Selection – 22/23 May 2021

Dave Royle has written a "lessons learned" document which we think will be helpful to other organisers running events under pandemic conditions. The "lessons learned" notes have links to copies of the race Risk Assessment and the Briefing Notes sent to all participants before the race.


Junior and U23 Selection



Following the 2021 U23 & Junior Team Selection process held at Holme Pierrepont, subject to appeal the following athletes have achieved the required performance standards and are selected in accordance with the published policy: MORE>


Following the cancellation of the event at Fairnilee it is the intention to hold the event as part of the Persley Div 2/3/Open race, Aberdeen on the 24/25th July. Full details will be issued nearer the time including any requirements relating to the Covid restrictions applicable at the time. Hope to see many of you there.

BC/SCA/CW/CANI Memberships

Quite a lot of people have let their memberships lapse over the past year. Please renew before you apply for your bib - and if you already have your bib, please renew before you race!

International Panel

2021 Senior Selection

We plan to hold a single weekend event on 7/8 August 2021 at Lee Valley to select the senior team for the remaining place(s) at World Cups races 3 & 4 and the World Championships.

The outcome of the 2019 senior team spring selection series will determine the 2021 senior team 3rd boat and reserves until such time as a 2021 senior team selection process is completed. This will establish the team for the 2021 Senior Euros and World Cups 1 & 2, assuming they take place prior to the August selection races. MORE>

World Class Programme Qualification Policy>

2021 Junior, U23 & Senior Team Selection Policy>

Slalom School Programme

The England Canoe Slalom Talent Programme has announced its Slalom School Programme, see news item HERE. This is an inclusive training and development opportunity for athletes and club coaches based at moving and white water venues.

The programme aims to develop the technical skills, confidence and fundamental habits in paddlers to support their long term progression and enjoyment of the sport. For coaches, the programme aims to advance technical knowledge and coaching practices, and can count towards Continual Professional Development (CPD) points.

The eligibility criteria for the Slalom School programme along with an expression of interest sign up link can be found HERE.

Further information is available via the programme handbooks (Athlete and Parent HERE, Club Coach HERE) and the programme calendar HERE.

Racing in 2021

Div 1 and Prem races will restart only when the vast majority of paddlers are able to participate from across the UK - including all the home nations. There is no indication of when this may be possible but it will not be before 21 June. MORE>

Late Applications to run Events

There is a huge appetite from athletes and organisers to resume racing and a significant number of events have had to be cancelled between February and June. For the remainder of the 2020/21 racing season, rules regarding late applications to run races have been relaxed. Event organisers may submit late applications to run ranking races. MORE>

Ryan Westley training at Lee Valley - picture © Kim Jones. More on Instagram @kim_jones_photography


2022 Calendar

Applications to run competitions in 2022 should be in by 1st July for Prem and Div1, and by 1st September for Div 2, 3 and 4. The system is now open to applications for next year.

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.

Tokyo Olympics

The Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 2021.

Our selected athletes are:

Mallory Franklin: C1W
Kimberley Woods: K1W

Adam Burgess: C1M
Bradley Forbes-Cryans: K1M

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Last updated 17/06/2021