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Joining WKCC has been one of the best things I have ever done, however getting to that point was not easy for me. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I find it incredibly hard to meet new people and join in with these people if I don’t know them. I first started by going along to a couple of the sessions on a Thursday night at the pool. I came along with Clive, who is an existing member and someone I already knew which made it a bit easier. The first time I just came in and watched to see how the sessions work and who was going to be there. After watching this I decided that actually this is something I would like to join in with. However, when it came to actually joining in with the session the next week, I completely panicked and my anxiety got the better of me. It even resulted in me running away from the pool. After trying and having the same outcome the next week, I thought that was it and I would never be able to do something I enjoy because I was ready to admit my anxiety had won.
This was when my mum who had come along as well started talking to Sue, who is also an existing member of the club. She told my mum about how she was running some sessions on a Monday night for a smaller group and wondered if I was interested in going. It took a lot for me to get myself in but when I did I was pleasantly surprised as to how nice everyone was and how helpful they were. I was given some great coaching from Jonah and all round really enjoyed it. I did a few more of these sessions and some river sessions and eventually after being kindly invited along by Sue attended a session out on the river with the main club. And this turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done, meeting new people who were very kind and helpful to me and it was a session I thoroughly enjoyed. I have never looked back since then, I am glad I have managed to kick my anxiety and join something I really enjoy doing. I have made some great friends at WKCC and to anyone who feels in a similar position to how I felt, I would recommend you just do it, it took me a while but I am so happy I did. And no matter what has happened during the rest of the week, I always look forward to a Thursday evening and doing stuff with the club. 

Owen

WKCC Introduction Course

Latest introduction to Paddle Sport course is coming up. The course covers the basics skills of canoeing, kayaking and SUP along with safety training and some exploring of the Avon around Pershore.

This course is aimed at families and seniors with some paddling experience who would like to take their paddling further. Content will be based loosely around the two star syllabus. Alex has some great Junior sessions at PRSC so we are not specifically covering this here. Cost of the course is a full Club membership to encourage participants to paddle with the club over the Summer. If current Club member wish to sign up that’s absolutely fine.
Dates are …
Tuesday 10 May, 17 May, 24 May and 07 June.  All sessions are at PRSC from 19:00 hrs to 20:30 hrs.
Please let me know if you would like to join the course or help with the coaching.
Adam Hall
Paddle Sport Development
Wychavon Kayak & Canoe Club

Winter Challenge Final Results

So the results are in: 1,868 Total Miles (up from 1,500 last year); 31 unique locations with 3 or more paddlers (up from 27 past year); 58 paddlers participated. Graham Thomas wins for the Senior Men (140); Rita O’Reilly wins for the Senior Ladies (194) and Emma Witherford for the Juniors (52) closely followed by Jonah Morgan (33) and Max Nutbeem (33). We’ve done really well this year. I will submit to British Canoeing later this week, so let’s see how we compare.

Winter Social

Winter Social – Not long to go (23rd January) 

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Xmas Message from the Chair

Hi all WKCC members (and friends)

It’s been a fabulous year at WKCC, with the highlight being the opening of the new extension to the Riverside Centre. 

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AGM – Chair’s Report

WKCC has had a fabulous year – read more about what we have achieved in the past 12 months below:

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WKCC Litter Pick Report

Wychavon Kayak and Canoe Club operate on a beautiful part of the River Avon in Worcestershire.  The river at Pershore gets a lot of River traffic and the banks are used heavily by walkers and fishermen.  So litter can detract from its beauty.

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WKKC Response to the Welsh Government Consultation Document

Improving Opportunities to Access the Outdoors for Responsible Recreation

As in Clive’s Facebook post – this is an important Consultation see Welsh Gov

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BCU/BC West Midlands Courses

Here are the courses that the West Midlands region are organising, they are subsidised.Regional coaching courses autumn_winter 2015 Version 1

Pershore RiverSide Festival 18th July 2015

Pershore RiverSide Festival 18th July 2015.
On a warm sunny Saturday morning we all met at the Centre.
We set up our area near to the river for Pershore’s first river festival getting the canoes out onto the river ,kayaks out and blowing up the 8 SUP’s.One of which was a 10 man board .The first half an hour of the morning was very slow then it just went mad! We just didn’t stop kitting people up who wanted to have a go at canoeing ,kayaking and sup from 10.30 until 16.00 .
At the start of the day, Ethan and I started on the ergo ,but by dinner we had to stop this and help with cover on the water as it was a very busy day. It was a challenge at time coping with the volume of interest verses the coaches available. All had a great time and it really helped raise the profile of the club and water sporting activities in general.
I would like to thank everyone who helped on the day which consisted of Dave and Jan on the BBQ (excellent burgers!) ,Liz ,Ellie and Rita taking the bookings and kitting people out. Fitz and my dad ( Ed) and Matt getting people on or off the water . On the water as cover and coaches were Adam ,Graham ,Mel ,Emma ,Jenny ,Ethan myself (Oliver) ,Paul (f ) and Sue.
At the end off the day we had time to play on the sup boards ourselves which was fun. A great fun action packed time was had by all.
written by: Oliver Moore.