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WKCC 2017 Review

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.

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Spey Autumn 2017 Review

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An inspiring account of how we help others

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

New Members Club Kit Demo

Demo kit afternoon is still happening tomorrow afternoon  Saturday 7th January 2017 at Pershore Riverside Centre, so hoping to see as many new joiners as can make it.

If you are coming down then please ensure you bring warm clothes – base layers and thermals, tops, bottoms and socks (if you have them) as well as dry clothing for after, if needed (let’s hope not!)

Equally, if you’re a more experienced paddler/club member who may have someone trying your kit, and we manage to get out and paddle as a group then please make sure you bring some additional clothes you can paddle in (we’ll have open boats remember – so walking trousers and a down jacket would work).

See you at 2pm 👍

Llangollen 2016

After a great week in Scotland we followed this up with another great week in Llangollen kindly arranged by Claire.
At the time water was hard to find but we made the most of it.
Mel took a group to Llyn  Tegid on Saturday and I took a group on the Dee from Glyndyfrdwyr down through to below Town Falls.
On Sunday we had a combined group on the Dee from Horseshoe to below Town Falls.

Mel took plenty of photos which are in the Gallery or can be viewed below.

Llangollen 2016 - Day1 - Llyn Tegid

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Llangollen 2016 - Day2 - Dee

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Llangollen 2016 - Sue T

Notice of WKCC AGM

WKCC AGM – Tuesday 18th October 2016
Pershore Riverside Centre, 8PM

Agenda to follow shortly.

Formal part:
Reports of the year.
Appointment of new officers.

Social part:
Club practices.
WKCC competition (details to follow).

Your support is required please. This is your club so can as many of you as possible please come to ensure you get the most out of it.

Thanks.

 

 

Have a go at Slalom.

A great chance to have a try of Slalom. The club has been to these before and have had a great day out.
Coaching and practice on Saturday and an optional first try competition on the Sunday. Details below.

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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 League Table 2015-2016

Here is a full league table of people who contriuted to the WKCC Winter Challenge mileage total.
It highlights who are the fair weather paddlers and who has a lot of time on their hands! Cow

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Winter Challenge National Results

Look what we achieved this winter.

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