News from Wey Kayak Club

 

Record numbers at Boxing Day paddle

Wey Kayak had a record number of paddlers out on the river this Boxing Day, with a very impressive 74 hardy souls braving the winter weather in a variety of boats and a variety of hats! The faster paddlers completed the full 10k run up to St Catherine’s Lock and back, while others were more sensible and turned back towards the bar long before then! One or two even made a last ditch attempt to claim the club’s annual Fish Award by going for a pre-lunch swim. Yes, we’re looking at you Nick Carvell and Kaye Smith!

Take a look at our video of Wey Kayak paddlers doing their bit to keep the river clear of rubbish. We removed over 40 bags of rubbish of all kinds, as well as three bikes, a traffic cone, a shopping trolley  and an unopened four-pack of beer!

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River Clean Up

Take a look at our video of Wey Kayak paddlers doing their bit to keep the river clear of rubbish. We removed over 40 bags of rubbish of all kinds, as well as three bikes, a traffic cone, a shopping trolley  and an unopened four-pack of beer!

 

 

Club recognised at Sport Guildford Awards

Wey Kayak Club has won Club of the  Year at the 2017 Sport Guildford Awards. Also recognised on a very successful evening for Wey were Liam Heath and Anne Dickens. Liam won Sports Personality of the Year for the second year in a row, having had a glittering year, adding World and European titles to his Olympic gold and MBE. Anne picked up the Disability Sports Awards to go with her MBE, awarded following the her gold medal at the Paralympics. 09/11/2017

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Tour d’Arun

On New Year’s Eve, the club made an expedition to the River Arun in Sussex to try out some different water. Ably marshaled by Pete Gorman, a mixed group of junior, senior and veteran paddlers headed out from the Black Rabbit pub near Arundel and went swiftly with the tide to Littlehampton, 15km downstream. Despite fighting a strong headwind, driving rain, and various boat issues, everyone made good time down the river to the waiting support crew and a very welcome cup of tea in the cafe. A good day was had by all, even if the most commonly heard comment was “why on earth don’t we do these things in the summer?!”

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Tim Lodge Elected as Chair of ICF Athlete Committee

Congratulations to club member Tim Lodge has been elected as Chair of the new International Canoe Federation Athlete Committee. With Tim’s extensive knowledge of all things canoeing and boundless enthusiasm, he’s sure to make a huge success of his new role! 09/11/2017

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Allan Burton

It is with great sadness that we heard that Allan Burton had passed away on Sunday morning following a long and brave battle against illness.  Allan was a main stay in our coaching team at Wey for 20 years, having been a member for 30 years.  He will be remembered for his dedicated commitment to his various groups of paddlers.  He also played a major part in providing and repairing Club boats, so his groups could race competitively.

 

A real Club man who will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.  He would have been delighted that the Club were awarded the 2017 Sport Guildford ‘Club of the Year’ award only last week.

 

Allan’s family have kindly requested that donations can be made to the club in memory of him. If you would like to so do, then please either send a cheque made out to Wey Kayak Club, for the attention of the Treasurer, Wey Kayak Club, Guildford Waterside Centre, Riverside, Guildford GU1 1LW, OR make a bank transfer to the following account: Sort Code 40-36-16, Account Number 71526448.

All donations will be used to allow young paddlers who might otherwise be unable to so do, to attend training camps, races, purchase specialist kit and so on – at the discretion of the club coaches. Allan spent much of his time over the last few years coaching young paddlers and we are sure that he would be delighted to see your donations being put to this use.

06/11/2017

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