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Liam Going for Gold
1 August 2021

Dear WKC 

This Thursday (early morning), Wey member Liam Heath competes to retain his Olympic title and cement his place in history as the most successful canoe sprint athlete of all time. Learn more about his journey from Wey beginner through to Olympic champ.

Thank you to all the contributors to this week's newsletter.  Race reports from Southampton, Gloucester and Royal demonstrate the huge variety of opportunities available to our members to challenge themselves over different courses and events.  

All contributions are appreciated and help us share news about the great place that Wey is with our members, help us build partnerships, attract new members, volunteers and coaches. Keep your photos and stories coming to comms@weykayak.co.uk.

Don't forget to:
  • Set your alarm to cheer on Liam Heath this Wednesday night/Thursday morning
  • Sign on to TeamApp, for all the latest news, events and races.
  • Look out for the extra Tuesday junior beginner and improvers sessions
  • Sign up to join #TeamWey and support the club's bid to retain its inter-club sprint title, the MacGregor Paddle at the September National Sprint Regatta in Nottingham.
Enjoy the water!

In this edition...

 


Liam Going for Gold in Tokyo
#TeamWey success at Southampton
Gloucester Short Courses Assessment Report
Royal Sprints Race Report
Junior Beginner extra sessions
Holly Mobbs voted onto the MRC
#TeamWey for Macgregor Paddle
Members Talk: Nutrition in Kayaking
Save the Date: Pennywort Action Day
Events: Rounders in the Park 
What's on

Liam Going for Gold in Tokyo

 

 

I hope you can all put the alarm on for 0100, this Thursday (5 August)  if you have not stayed up, to see our man Liam in the semi final of the k1 200m in Toyko. This will be one step away from the final at 0335 when Liam will be defending the Olympic title he won in Rio in 2016.

 

Many of you will know that Liam started his kayaking journey, at the age of 10, with a summer course here at Wey.  Mick and Malcolm gave him his initial training and he soon showed great promise and progressed in the junior ranks.  Liam formed strong friendships with other juniors at the club and formed crew boats that were always very competitive.

University called and Liam took some time away from paddling before returning to active duty when he came back to Guildford.  It was not long before he was knocking on the door of the GB team as the 200 metres became a stronger event.

With the support of the club around him and guidance from Paul Dimmock, Liam tried out a k2 with Jonnie Schofield who was a GB white water paddler. Jon was extremly good over shorter distances.  A k2 was formed with Jonnie while Ed McKeever held the k1 spot at the 2012 London Olympics.  Ed won the gold in k1 and Liam and Jonnie, the bronze in the k2, beaten by the Russians who we have not seen since! Then it was Rio in 2016 with Liam taking gold in k1 and silver with Jonnie in the k2.  Wey members had a great day in the hall that day virtually joining Liam in both of his finals.


I hope as many of you as possible will be able to watch events unfold on Thursday and will be shouting for Liam as he tries to bring the gold home again. We all wish him the very best in his latest Olympic campaign.

Jim Rossiter

#TeamWey success at Southampton


Despite an apocalyptic weather forecast, a good number of Wey's up-and-coming juniors headed down to the South Coast to test themselves out on some different water in the Southampton marathon. As it turned out, the weather stayed fair and the water relatively calm, with the biggest worry being forgotten sunblock! With a strengthening wind, conditions were still challenging, which made Wey's clutch of podium finishes and divisional promotions all the more impressive. 

Kicking off proceedings, Ed Saunders, just back from a spot of self-isolation, put in a strong paddle to finish 2nd in Division 7. His brother Danny, went one better, winning Division 8,  ensuring a happy family car ride back up the A3. Kiera Comfort, in her first K1 race in a couple of years, powered to a comfortable 2nd place in the same race, with Andre Peers completing a club clean sweep in 3rd in his first marathon.  supportive words from Wey paddlers helped propel Graham Cowper across the finishing line.

The afternoon races continued in a similar vein. Division 6 saw Ben Flint and Lucas Clifford finishing strongly for 3rd and 4th place respectively. Really impressive stuff from the two boys who only secured promotion to the 8-mile division a couple of weeks ago at the Reading Nationals. Felix Shetty placed a very creditable 8th in a strong Division 5 field. Patrick Allan was less fortunate in Division 4 - comfortably in the lead group, when they misread the course and turned early, earning a disqualification. Not to worry - there will be other races! 

In the K2s, Owen Attwood and Jocelyn Allan formed a formidable partnership in the Mini K2 race, taking what will be their first win of many. Calum and Steve proved that they've still got it with a solid 2nd place in the Div 5 race.  


Thanks to Southampton Canoe Club for a very well-run race with excellent muffins as competitors' food - Wey race organisers take note!

Steve Smith & Graham Cowper

Gloucester Short Course Assessment & World Marathon Selection



Last Sunday the MRC held a Short Course assessment race to help determine selections for the Marathon World Championships and The Junior Development Trip to the French Nationals at Gloucester Canoe Club.  

The action was fast and furious as athletes sprinted 500m from the start to a turn, raced back 600m to another turn before portaging after a further 100m and repeating 2 1/2 times before finishing after 3.5 km of full on action.  Each Athlete took part in a heat followed about 90 mins later by a final A or B. The athletes appeared to enjoy the format and certainly it was never dull for the spectators.

       The three Wey paddlers entered all gave superb performances. Dan Price was 3rd in the A final and Arthur Morley was 1st in the B final in the very competitive junior boys' race.   

Greta Roeser was 4th in the A final of mixed junior and senior ladies final and first junior girl, and  following a strong performance at the National Marathon Championships at Reading has been selected for the Junior Woman K2 race at the World Championships in Romania in October.  She will be racing with Klara Jepson of Fox KC.  Greta, still only 15 is following in the footsteps of many junior ladies at Wey who have raced for their country.

Congratulations all!

Paul Thompson, Duncan Roeser, Paul Dimmock

Royal Sprints




There were only 3 from Wey, Lucas Clifford, Ben Flint and Patrick Allen. It was a great low key event with some solid racing. Lucas won silver in his age group for 500m time trial. In the k4 the boys turned round the wrong island so added quite a bit of distance but still managed to just pull back to the front by the finish. Lesson learned to listen properly at the briefing!



Alex Clifford

Holly Mobbs elected to the Marathon Race Committee



Following its most recent ACM, we are proud to announce that Wey member Holly Mobbs has been voted to join the Marathon Racing Committee (MRC).  The MRC exists to encourage club, regional, national and international marathon canoeing events and Holly's involvement demonstrates Wey commitment and influence to kayaking beyond our club.

Join the MacGregor Paddle Team


Wey Kayak Club are the current holders of The MacGregor Paddle identifying us as the top sprint racing club in the country, and it would be great if we could win it again this year at the 4th-5th September Regatta at Nottingham.



We score points for each competitor we enter, and then our best 9 K1 results, 6 best K2s and 3 best K4 results. We also score point for C1, and C2.

This is a great club event - traditionally we have been the loudest and most visible club, and long may that continue,

If you have not raced at Nottingham before you will need be to registered and this must be completed before Sunday 15th August and then entries need to be in by Friday 20th August.  Please talk to your coaches or Pete Gorman (Sprint Team Lead) to express an interest or ask any questions. 

Happy racing! 

Pete Gorman

Junior Beginner & Improvers
Extra Summer Sessions 


Tuesdays 4pm - 5.30pm

 

 
Open to all junior beginners and improvers including paddlers from Mick's Saturday morning groups, Richard’s Saturday afternoon groups and the Sunday beginner group are welcome to attend. The sessions aim to be fun while helping to improve your paddling skills. They will run until the end of August, there is no need to register.

Update: Over 17 juniors joined last week's session and so we are always looking for extra PPA or coaches, get in contact with Amanda if you can help out.



Kaye Smith and Amanda Childerstone
 

Members Talk

Nutrition in Kayaking

Guest Speaker Tim Lodge

 
New Date: Thursday 26 Aug 19:30

Aimed at Juniors and U23 but open to all members of the club would are interested in learning more about nutrition

Zoom link invite in TeamApp Events



Club Time Trials
Every Monday evening 6pm


 Monday night is club time trial and race night. Come and test yourself out over 500m, 1k or 2k and see how far you can climb up the club leaderboards. 6pm on the water, absolutely everybody is welcome: young and used-to-be-young, from internationals to beginners.

Results and PB can be found on the members area of the website and on TeamApp (documents section)

Family Rounders in the Park

Stoke Park, Saturday 7th August 2021 at 1pm

 


Bring a rug, chairs and picnic
Meet opposite the Spectrum, look out for the Wey flag.

Click here to the let us know you can make it!

What's On....


We hope that all restrictions will be lifted from the club and country very soon, but in the meantime there is still plenty going on in and around the club.

w/b Monday 2nd August
9:00 - 16:00 Summer Paddlesport Camps - restricted access to changing rooms for limited periods 
Tuesday 3rd August
16:00 - 17:30 Extra Junior Beginners and Improvers Session 
Thursday 26th August (rescheduled date)
19:45 Guest speaker Tim Lodge: Nutrition in Kayaking (zoom link on TeamApp Events)
2nd - 7th August
Canoe Sprints 2020 Olympic Games
5th August (1am)
Liam Heath Olympic Games, Tokyo
Saturday 7th August
13:00 - 15:00 Family Rounders in the Park, Stoke Park 
Sunday 15th August
U13, Rocket K4 Day, Nottingham - talk to your group leader about possible crews or sign up as an individual
Tonbridge Hasler, Tonbridge (all Div 9-1, K1 and K2)
3rd-4th September
National Sprint Regatta, Nottingham - Macgregor Paddle Inter-Club Competition (deadline for registration Sunday 15th August - talk to your Group Lead or Pete Gorman
25th September
Floating Pennywort Action Day - taking the fight to the river!
 

U13 Rocket K4 Day, Nottingham

Sunday, 15th August



 

Tonbridge Hasler, Tonbridge
15th August
Div 9-1; k1 and k2
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National Inter-Club Macgregor Paddle Challenge

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