Forth’s commodore changed this year for the first time in over 30 years.
The first Stephen Churcher Team Trophy was awarded at the Scottish Slalom Champs this weekend in memory of the FCC member. The first winners of the trophy were all former FCC members Bradley, Jonny and Cameron. The trophy is designed to represent the tips of three boats circulating around an upstream gate.
The money raised at Steve's funeral is planned to be used for a bench to be placed at Tully.
Our polo captain Poppy has been competing for GB this last week at the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in France. Competing in a ranking of 8 teams her paddlers came in an impressive fourth having lost a thrilling semi-final to Germany. Get full details on the ICF Page and watch them on the YouTube channel.
Forth paddlers, Lois and Sam both won Gold at the British Junior Slalom Championships held at Tees Barrage on Saturday 20th September. On very demanding white water with a tough course many younger paddlers were struggling but both Lois and Sam put in excellent runs to win their respective categories. Their results were:
Lois - K1 Women J12 (12 and under) - 1st - British Champion!
Sam - K1 Men J10 (10 and under) - 1st - British Champion!
More results have been sent in from the British sprint championships in Nottingham
- Lightning K4 500m GOLD win by Seb, Oliwier, Lois and Max
- Lightning K2 500m SILVER win by Lois and Max
- Lightning K1 500m GOLD win by Lois Leaver
- C1 U16 Girls 500m GOLD win by Fiona
- C1 U18 Boys 200m SILVER win by Oskar
Congratulations all Forth champions!
At the National Sprint Championships on 6/7 Sept FCC won a fantastic haul of medals.
The 4 Forth children paddling with the Scottish Development squad won the following:
Bill Clark from Inverclyde Camera Club was good enough to photo nearly every paddler at our Grandtully slalom last weekend. Check out the photos on FCC Grandtully Aug 2014, Inverclyde Camera Club photos album.
Ali and Ross crossing the finishing line.
3 members of Forth Canoe Club competed in the 2nd Garry Boater X last weekend. It was a fantastic event, well organised and laid out with a great program on some progressive water. The competition is not for the faint hearted. There are 4 rounds over the day. In each race 6 competitors start together, battling for posision as they make thier way down grade 3+ water. Forth Canoe Club came out of the Competition very well - with Willow taking First place and Matt coming 9th in the mens category, Rachel took 9th place in the Women's Category. Bring on Next Year!
Polo captain Poppy has been selected to represent the UK at the polo international in Belgium next week. Good luck Poppy!
Thanks to all from Forth CC who helped with the canal festival last weekend, we gave over 100 people taster sessions in canoes and showed off the variety of paddling we do in the club with C1 and K1 sprint, OC1, SUP and a gunwale bobbing battle on display.
FCC competed at the first slalom to be held at Pinkston (run by member Stuart Pitt).
- Ross P (J14) competed in Div 3 on both the Saturday and Sunday events doing the club proud, clearly enjoying the course. His best run probably being on the Saturday.
- Catie competed at Div 3 on the Sunday at her first competion outside of Alva. Adjusting to the moving water well came 4th in the K1W just 0.3s behind a 3rd place.
- Lois also competed on the Sunday coming in at an excellent 3rd place (also the fastest run of her class) in the Div 2 K1W.
Results on canoeslalom.co.uk
Forth Canoe Club's slalom squad took part in the Scottish Schools Championships on 7th June at Alva which was also a Division 3 and 4 slalom. There were excellent results for all the squad, many of whom were taking part in their first ever competitive event.
- Lois won both the J14 and J12 Scottish Schools Championships. This is a fantastic result for Lois winning her age group as well as the one above.
- Sam won the J10 Scottish Schools Championships as well as coming first overall in Division 3 Men, gaining promotion to Division 2. This makes Sam one of the youngest paddlers in the UK to compete at this level.
- Eleanor took second place overall in Division 4 Ladies gaining promotion to Division 3 at her first ever competitive event, a tremendous achievement.
- Michael was first J12 in Division 4, an excellent result in his first competitive event.
- Catie came fifth in Div 3 Ladies, a great showing for her first Div 3 event. She even had a shot at competing in C1, photo below.
- Congratulations also to Rory, Owen, Ross, Kirstie and Laura for their excellent results.
There were a number of very positive comments from other clubs and parents about the strong Forth representation looking great on the water in club colours.
Well done to all and many thanks to our paddlers' parents who supported the team over the course of the day.
Learn to play canoe polo with Jenny.
Saturday 14th 15:30-18:00 at the boathouse
Congratulations to club paddler David Florence who won gold in C1 in the slalom world cup in London last weekend.
Forth paddlers are double winners!
Poppy's Fun Club for 8 to 13 year olds will start next week on Wednesday 4 June. It will run 6 to 7pm for 4 weeks.
The idea is that people who want to take part on the summer schools can come down and try it out! (or those who have already been, just to have some fun).
Congratulations to Jan and Matt who passed their UKCC Level 2 coaching assessment last weekend. This qualifies them to coach unaided on flat water and is a very thorough qualification which requires a lot of training and experience to pass. Well done coaches.
After a nail biting final tournament Forth's first polo team came in second place in Division 2 with a clear lead over other teams and gaining enough points to be promoted to Division 1 next year. We also got confirmation that our second team will be promoted to Division 3. Congratulations polo players. All welcome at polo practice, Wednesdays at 19:30.
Non-paddlers welcome to try on these Thursday club nights. May be limited to 30 minute session. Bring full change of clothes, towel, suitable shoes.
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- 11th September
At the Paddle Expo Forth CC won two awards from the SCA. Robert B won Volunteer Coach of the Year for putting in a lot of hard working into developing Canadian Sprint in Scotland and running many sessions a week. Poppy C won Youth Coach of the year for running polo and slalom sessions as well as our summer courses. Congratulations both.
FCC’s first open boat only river trip was enjoyed by Barry, Tam, Kat, Mick and Ieuan on Sat 12th Oct. A great chance for Tam and Barry to get an introduction to moving water with a scenic paddle on the Tay from Kenmore down to Aberfeldy. Only one swim on the trip and beautiful bright sunshine and lovely autumn colours – hopefully many more trips to come.
In a nail biting finale Forth's Second polo team can from third place to win a selection of trophies at the Div 4 tournament. Promotion awaits for next season. Hopefully Forth's First team can do a similar achievement in the Div 2 competitions in May.
In a polo packed weekend we also had fun at Stirling University's P in the Loch competition, sadly not keeping hold of the winning shield from last year but enjoying some triumphant victories and noble defeats while we tried.
Thursday club nights are back, starting on April 3rd with an opening barbeque and boathouse sweep out. All canoeists are welcome on Thursday nights.
We are also hosting beginners 1 star and 2 star courses again, see the club nights page for details of how to book on.
We will be running open nights for non-paddlers to come and try on Thursdays too, dates announced soon.
Congratulations to the paddlers who completed their 4 Star White Water Leader Training. 4 Star Leader will qualify them to lead river trips once they have passed the assessment, good luck all!
Please send comments to Mick by the end of February.
Thanks to Poppy and Matt for organising a fun 80th anniversary ball! See you in 2034 for the 100th anniversary.
Tickets now on sale at £15 each for the winter ball. Saturday 15th February at the Boroughmuir Rugby Club in Meggetland from 7pm until Midnight.
Forth Canoe Club is 80 years old in 2014.
To celebrate this milestone as the oldest and best canoe club in the country there will be a winter ball on Saturday 15th February at the Boroughmuir Rugby Club in Meggetland. The Ball will be from 7pm until Midnight.
There will be a ceilidh, a light buffet will be provided, and Bourghmuir Rugby Club have a bar on-site as well.
Tickets cost £10, (£15 after the 1st February).
Forth has two teams in polo this season. The Forth's First team is playing in Div 2 and is off to a great start winning 3 out of 4 games on their first league date. Well done team!
We are still needing players to play in the Forth's Second team, it is in Div 4 so will be an easy environment for beginner players. Contact Poppy or Jonathan to join in.
Some of our coaches went to First Aid training this weekend to learn how to patch up broken people.
Forth CC had lots of fun at the Scottish Polo Champs this weekend. Despite a strong showing defeating all the teams we expected to we were nudged out of the semi finals on goal difference by our sister team The Nomads. Forth came in fifth - half way up the table of nine teams. Well done to Nomads who came fourth. Photos on Flickr or Facebook
Congratualtions to our Open Canadian contact Mick for gaining his 4 Star Leader award. A 4 Star Leader qualifies you to lead a group of paddlers in the given discipline, in this case Open Canadians on open water or a river.
FCC made the cover of the Evening News today thanks to C1 sprint paddler Fiona. Read the article to find out how she's been inspired to become the first women C1 champion in the country.
Forth lifted the first prize trophy at the comically named P in the Loch tournament at Stirling University. Well done to all the team. Our sister team Nomads came in a close second.
Forth came away from the British sprint regatta with a clutch of medals.
- Ieuan won 5 U14 gold (K1 100 & 500m, K2 100m & K4 1000m & 500m) and 1 silver
- Ben won 2 U14 Silver (K4 1000m & 500m) and 2 Bronze (K2 1000m & 500m)
- Elliot won 2 U14 Silver (K4 1000m & 500m)
- Rachel won 2 U14 bronze (K2 500m & 1000m)
- Oscar won 1 U18 bronze (C1 500m)
Check out the provisional results.
Forth Canoe Club paddler David Florence has won a second silver medal at the Olympics. Congratulations to David!
Join In Local Sport visits the inspiring Forth Canoe Club in Edinburgh, run by Commodore Kelso Riddell and an army of volunteers. The club has produced Olympic Silver Medallist David Florence, who will be competing in the C1 and C2 events from 29 July 2012.
Scotland has won the Scottish leg of the Pan Celtic cup, a British Isles international competition. Each of the four countries enters a team for the event. The Scottish team included Bradley and Steve from Forth CC.
Kristina's slides from the 2011 AGM give a quick review of the year in sprint.
At the Scottish Champs we had 6 gold medals, 7 silver and 8 bronze.
At the British Champs one of our top athlete Oliver won 3 gold, 1 silver and great rankings in 2 other categories. While Ieuan and Rachel did great in the lightnings and miniK2. Best of all we won the miniK4 category.
A productive work day on the new boathouse corridor ended with a painted version of the club burgee.
Forth Canoe Club 2012 membership is now due, if you want to continue to paddle with Forth you will need to renew, we don't want to lose you!
You can renew by going to the membership page and
logging in and filling in the form.
Unfortunately the web server cannot currently send out email so for
new accounts, password reset and subscription confirmation, please
email the website editor and ask.
The membership costs are the same for 2012 as last year.
This year, we are required by the Scottish Canoe Association to
collect some additional data. This is your date of birth (even for
over 18s), gender, confirmation you accept the FCC Child Protection
Policy and whether you agree to receiving communications from the SCA.
You can also print out a form from the website or pick one up from the
boathouse and send me the money, cheques to 'Forth Canoe Club'.
Any key holders not renewing their key will need to return it.
Any questions please ask Jonathan.
We had a good showing at the Tay Descent (and Paddle 2011 exhibition) with our racers and tourers successfully completing the marathon trip. We might not have won any of the medals but we did put in the best performance of any club at the ceilidh.
Our annual marathon ran well in its new location. Marcus oversaw the running of the event starting at Meggetland with circuits to the lifting bridge and back to the aqueduct.
The short race was won by our own Ollie C. In the long Poppy was the first woman competitor. In the lightnings Rachel took second place and was first woman. Richard won the under 10s with Iain getting a bronze medal and Douglas and Henning not far behind.
We're looking to start up some slalom training. All welcome, junior focused but adults welcome too. 18:00 at the boathouse on Tuesdays.
Forth CC is organising the Edinburgh Marathon, a canoe race on the canal for all paddlers. This event replaces the Ratho East Marathon. There are a range of distances to suit all abilities and ages.
Register now by sending your entry to Marcus.
Helpers needed on the day as marshals, contact Marcus.
This will be our 3rd year at the Edinburgh Canal Festival - come and join
in a wonderful community event! There'll be lots of fun things going on!
It's also a great opportunity to promote the club and canoeing.
Come along and help for part or all of the day. If you can help out,
please get in touch with: Annemarie, Jonathan, Ben, Robert
11.00am: wee boats flotilla leaves Harrison Park - all welcome to join in
Forth had a strong showing at the Scottish Schools slalom in Alva. Lois won the Div 4 women and got promoted to Div 3. Bradley won the J16 in the men's K1 while Michael and Jonny were not far behind. Bradley also came in second partnered with and Jonny in the C2. Helen came second in the J16 women. Sam and Emily alas missed out on prizes but will be training hard to win them next year.
Forth Canoe Club came third overall in the Scottish Polo League's Division 3 events, which concluded on May 23rd. The team were very pleased since we only began playing at the end of 2010.
Level 2 (or UKCC Level 1 plus requirements) coach wanted for the after school activity in Edinburgh at Forth Canoe Club, working from 4-6pm with children aged 9-12, 6-7 groups per week. Payment £10 per hour. For more details contact Colin Smail 07798872120 colinsmaill(at)aol.com
The Scottish Champs slalom at Grandtully is the focus of this week's BBC Adventure Show available for viewing until next Sunday. It features Forth paddlers Bradley, David F and Stuart with comments from coach David D. Stuart Pitt also updates us on SCA plans for an artificial slalom course in Leith.
Earlier this week we took delivery of a new set of helmets and bhoyancy aids for the polo team who will be competing on Sunday in the league. We also received a boat salvaged by George Spittal which is currently being repaired ready for use by the polo team, many thanks to George.
In other equipment news Kristina has a new canoeing ergometer at the Boroughmuir gym for her training. We also bought a Pyranha Fusion kayak for use at pool sessions over the winter and on the canal in warmer months.
The Tay Descent had over 400 paddlers racing and touring from Dunkeld to Perth. Forth CC had a good showing with paddlers in every category. Congratulations to Olly C who won the short course race, and well done to Jack and Poppy who came not far behind. Annemarie won the medium touring and the Leaver/Berry family won the short course touring.
Forth Canoe Club has entered into div. 3 which has three tournaments happening over the next couple of months: 28th Nov, 9th Jan and 20th Feb. If you want to take part, let me know by the end of the week
(26th September); there's 10 spaces and we need at least 5 people for a team, so you don't need to be able to make all the tournament dates. Also-there will be a couple of practice sessions before each tournament, so you don't need to have played before either. The cost for this will be £5 per tournament.
Theresa Meacham theresa.meacham @ ed.ac.uk
Our annual Div 1/2 slalom has been successfully completed for another year. Many thanks to David Dickson for running the event.
We had a strong showing of paddlers with Stuart taking the prize for the C2s and Sam taking the J18 prize in the Div 2 K1 Men. Michael, Poppy and Helen all continue to climb the ranks of Div 1.
We ran a café serving out over 200 burgers and 400 rashers of bacon for the hungry competitors.
Forth CC paddler Jonny D has become the youngest paddler in Division 1 slalom, promoted last weekend at Fairnilee.
Bradley won the C1 competition as well as the Officials in his K1 and is expected to make top 20 rankings in Premier Division this year.
So far this year Michael, Poppy, Helen and Jonny have all gained promotion to Division 1 and meet the criteria for selection to the national squad.
FCC to recruit a Level 2 coach. 4-6pm to work with 9-12 year olds.
£10/hour, 6-7groups per week. Contact Jonathan Riddell 07941938912 or Kristina 07946975462.
Last month several Forth paddlers went to the slalom at Fairnilee. Jonny got 3 or 4 trophies: British U12, 3rd place in Div2, and 'The Trophy for Most improved' Helen came 2nd in Div 2. Bradley was 3rd in the Junior Championships. Michael 1st in Div2 and promoted. And Davie Dickson himself won the Vets championships!
Minutes are up for the February committee meeting.
Boathouse keys won't be changed for 2010 but renewal or return is required for all key holders.
Club boat hire can be payed in advance for a whole year instead of the usual £2 a time charge. £60 for anyone competing for Forth, £120 for non-competitors. Pay the treasurer.
Everyone is reminded to sign the diary when accessing the boathouse.
At the May committee meeting we decided to restructure club nights. Starting in June we will hold sessions for beginner and inexperienced juniors and seniors in 4 week blocks. Pre-booking is required. See club nights page for information. The last "open" club night will be May 20th.
Forth's first polo team in many a year were invited to play as a last minute substitution in the Scottish division. In our first ever game we beat our adversaries from Strathclyde. Teams from Aberdeen and Lochwinnoch proved more fierce competition. Thanks to Theresa for her organising enthusiasm.
Edinburgh paddler Neil Baxter has taken BBC Scotland presenters Fred MacAulay and Dougie Vipond along the complete length of the Caledonian Canal for Sports Relief. Up a Long Creek will be broadcast on Wednesday 17th March 2010 at 21:00, BBC One Scotland. See the Up a Long Creek programme page for pre-trip interviews.
Kristina is getting an order together for clothing in club colours with our crest. Let her know what you want to order Kristina.Medovcikova(at)canoescotland.com
All the designs are based on blue colour and yellow signs - on the front the club logo and on the back a yellow cross with Forth CC above it
Forth had success at last weekends whitewater races on the Tay. Jonathan won the MK1 Division B gaining promotion to Division A while Cynthia retained her title as Scottish Womans Champion.
In the spring, the SCA is hosting a series of BCU discipline-specific modules for both Slalom and Sprint. These full-day modules are designed to provide coaches with the additional knowledge to deliver coaching in the disciplines and will be delivered at a subsidised rate to candidates thanks to Sportscotland funding.
The Slalom workshops will take place on 13th February (Inverness) and 14th February (Stirling Uni), with the Sprint modules taking place the following month on 13th March (Aberdeen Boat Club and 14th March (Low Port Centre, Linlithgow).
Our sprint paddlers had a successful 2009 guided by our coach Kristina. At the Scottish champs we had 15 paddlers and took 7 gold, 11 silver and 8 bronze medals. We had three paddlers at the British champs and came in 6th in K2 500m, 5th in K4 500m and 5th again in the K4 1000m.
Fitness sessions are ongoing over the winter, contact Kristina if you are interested. Lightning sessions will start again in the Spring.
It might be 10 degrees below zero but that doesn't mean the paddling has to stop.
Forth has had another successful year in slalom competition. Jonny was 3rd in the under 12 british champions at Fairnilee and has been promoted to division 2, the youngest paddler in the division. Michael won the J16 Scottish champs at Grandtully. Poppy won the division 3 women's event down in Manchester.Bradley was British under 14 champion at Fairnilee and Scottish under 16 champion. Helen won division 4 earlier in the year and then won the division 3 at Alva.
Much loved plastic slalom boat the Fox was lost on the river Ericht some weeks ago following a capsise north of Blairgowrie. It disappeared without trace until kind fisherman Moray picked it up last week 10 miles downstream and full of mud in the River Isla. Many thanks to Moray for taking it home and contacting us.
Ben, Jonathan and Teresa went for a canoe down the water of Leith including the weirs which attracted a large audience of passers by.
Sprint coach Kristina will be running winter fitness sessions from 26 October 2009 to mid March 2010. Come along to keep yourself in shape over the cold months.
Tuesdays - Meggetland RC - weights and general fitness sessions, 6-7pm £2/session
Thursdays - Sciennes PS - swimming sessions, 6-7pm - £2/session
E-mail Kristina.Medovcikova(AT)canoescotland.com for details.
Forth made its first showing at the Wet West Paddle Fest when Jonathan and Felix took to the River Garry and River Morriston along with some 200 other canoeists. The Garry provided plenty of surfing practice while the Morriston was a roller coaster ride. The event provided many chances for both paddlers to practice their rolling skills. See the photo album for the action.
Forth Canoe Club ran our annual Division 1 & 2 slalom at Grandtully at the end of August. We were kept busy with a large number of entries. Competitors from Forth put in an impressive performance with Bradley getting 2nd place Div 1 K1 on Sunday and promoted to Premier Division, making him the youngest padder in Premier. Michael came in 4th place Div 2 K1 and was awarded 1st J18 on Saturday.
Forth Canoe Club
Minutes of Committee Meeting Tuesday 25th August 2009, 7.30pm – 10pm
FCC made a big contribution to this year's Edinburgh Canal Festival which was a great success, despite the weather! Narrow boats plied up and down the canal all day, with passengers of all ages waving to passing craft and people on the towpath. We started off the day by joining the 'wee boats voyage', paddling from Harrison Park down to Lochrin Basin, together with hand-built craft (Canadian canoes, a currach and a coracle) made by community projects in the city.
Forth's boathouse became a stage on the Edinburgh Rat Race this weekend. The Rat Race is a two hour race around the city including various challenges along the way. We introduced over 300 people to canoe polo, many of whom had never been in a boat before.
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August
Come and join in the biggest annual event on the FCC calendar!