Another year, and another Wychavon Kayak and Canoe Club (WKCC) Winter Social – but this year with the added attraction of an ergo challenge. As part of my fundraising for a Girlguiding International trip, I had been kindly lent a kayak ergo, which provided a lot of extra fun and competitiveness to our usual social.

Along with 11 other girls and leaders from across the county, I will be paddling approximately 80km of the Vltava River in the Czech Republic this July. It is Girlguiding UK’s first trip of this style, where we will carry all our equipment, clothing and food in Canadian canoes and camp on route. We will be paddling with up to 30 Czech Sea Scouts and as well as the canoeing, we will also be visiting churches and tourist attractions along the river.

The night’s fundraising started off slow with many members apprehensive for setting a bench mark, but soon young and old were fighting it out for the top spots in the 3 categories. Although it was challenging, it was also a great opportunity for some coaching in sprint kayaking with many of the onlookers shouting encouragement and offering ways of improving techniques. Despite a few technical issues, the event ran smoothly with all levels of paddlers (and non-paddlers) trying the ergo. Overall, it was a great event, as everyone got involved with some having 2 or 3 goes each, in the hope of reaching the top of the leader board.IMG_0009 IMG_0023

Congratulations go to Matt Mandrell, Emma Johnstone and Oli Moore who paddled the greatest distance in 45 seconds in each of their categories.

I would like to thank Ben Seal and the BCU for lending me the ergo for this fantastic event.

Emma W