Rio Starter Event

The club held a British Canoeing Rio Starter event on 03 September.

Paddlers did a short timed sprint from Bridge 1 back to the club. After a rest they completed a timed run on our mini slalom. The times of each part were added to come up with the results. The slalom boat proved a hit. Two SUP’s did the slalom course!

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Malawi Trust

Mercia Canoe Club helped Cardinal Wiseman School raise funds with students completing a sponsored paddle for the Malawi Trust:

http://www.cardinalwiseman.coventry.sch.uk/malawi-trust

The group set off from the Club and made their way out to the Navigation Bridge before hot chocolate and the use of the MacDonalds facilities at Gallagher Retail Park over the road. This also coincided with closure of the footpath for further works. The bank support had to be directed across the City to meet us at the coiled snake pocket park off Harnall Lane. It was a good paddle for all as most had little previous paddling experience.

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Canal Clear up

Club members took part in an April canal clear up. Working from the Basin up to Bridge 3 we collected 25 bags of rubbish, one TV and a road barrier from the canal and the banks. We then continued up to Swan Lane Wharf and met the Canal Society who had been working south from Hawkesbury. A skip was stored there to pick up the rubbish. Well done a good team effort. Yet again it was incredibly windy and paddlers struggled in to the headwind on the way back.

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Warwick Sprints

Warwick Sprint race was a great day’s paddling. One of our young paddlers got to meet some of the GB Team, including Lani Belcher. Robin her dad, ran Mercia Canoe Club in the early 80’s! There was also a chance to steer a Rocket K4 with a World Championship paddler at the back and even do a bit of racing themselves.

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