It’s been another great year for WKCC culminating in us winning British Canoeing West Midlands Regional Club of the Year 2017.
The year started well with our usual post Christmas winter social in January closely followed by our traditional South Wales or South West England winter paddling weekend.
In the spring we had a Menai Straights weekend up in North Wales which we had an enjoyable time but the weather let us down and paddling conditions were not ideal.
Spring and summer gave us many enjoyable club nights out on the river at Pershore and other places in the area. We ran courses and come and try it taster sessions in kayak, canoe and SUP.
We continued to develop our coaching and leadership pool with more people completing UKCC L1 and a good size group completing their UKCC L2 training. We had one more comfortably pass their 4* WW Kayak leader who is now moving onto 5*.
We had many members pass various 3* awards and complete both 1 day and 2 day first aid courses.
October was our busiest month. It started with one of our traditional Llangollen weekends which always gets in some enjoyable white water and touring paddles and socialising.
Mid October some of us did a west coast Scotland open canoe wild camping trip on the Spey from Aviemore to Spey Bay.
At the end of October we had another east coast white water kayak trip based around Roy Bridge paddling some of the classic rivers in the region.
Members did paddle trip exchanges with other clubs and took part in many regional and symposium events.
Some members went off to do Alps paddles, canoe wild camping on Scottish lochs and even trips to Nepal.
As usual we kept up our support to protect the environments we paddle with litter pick trips which included recovery of multiple shopping trolleys and an oven.
So a big thank you goes out to all the coaches, assessors, away break organisers, committee and volunteers for all their time and effort during 2017.
Lets keep it going.