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Bumper crop of GB selection
15 August 2021

Dear WKC

We have finally seen some sunshine this week, which has seen some lovely paddling conditions over the past couple of days. It has been great to see so many of you enjoying the water and also back in the clubhouse on Saturday mornings. 

We have not had too much activity in terms of racing at the club the past week but it has nice to receive the final confirmation for international selections for some of our junior and U23 paddlers as well as a chance for us all to socialise more as a club. On Thursday evening, club night will be restarting after over a year and a half off. Details of what it involves are below and it would be great some of our new members staying and having some food. 

All contributions to the newsletter 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

Other news:
- Sign on to Teamapp, for all the latest news, events and races
- Last call for Macgregor Sprint Regatta entries
- Early notice of river closures coming up

Enjoy the water!!

In this edition...


Bumper crop of Selections!
Club night is back!
Final call! September Macgregor Entries
River Closure - Early Notice!
Members Talk - Nutrition in Kayaking
Junior Beginner & Improvers Extra Summer Sessions
What’s on?

 Bumper crop of GB selections  

We are very proud of all our paddlers who have recently achieved GB selection in a variety of different disciplines. U16 paddler Arthur M has been selected to join the British Marathon Development Team to compete at the French National Championships in September. Arthur will be racing up into the U18 category as well as joining forces with another U16 paddler he has never paddled with to compete in the U18 K2. 

On top of that, Greta R and Nerys H have been training hard for their international debut at the Olympic Hopes Regatta at the same time. They will be competing a variety of different crew boats, K1’s and distances in the Czech Republic. In addition Greta R has been selected to race in Romania, as part of Junior Ladies k2 crew at the World Marathon Championships the end of September.

Due to covid travel restrictions Honor L has not be able to take up her place at the The Olympic Hopes Regatta, but will be taking to the water at the World Sprint Championships in Portugal at the beginning of September as part of the Junior Ladies K4 500m crew. She has been training hard since selections earlier in the summer. 

Finally, we wish Chris C lots of luck as he heads over the Ocean Racing European Championships later this week to compete in the U23 mens singles after coming second in the Surfski selection event. We also wish Roy F luck competing in the masters races.   

We hope there will be live streaming available of many of the events, a link to which we will share on TeamApp closer to the time so you can cheer them on from a distance.

Club Night is Back!!

We are pleased to announce, after a 18 month Covid induced hiatus, the return of Thursday Club Night this week (19th August).  After Thursday evening training, join your fellow club members for a social catch up whilst enjoying a great value, home cooked 2 course meal. 

2 course meal (meat fee option available) £3.50
Bar open for drinks (soft and alcoholic)
Dinner served from 7:30pm (ish)
Payment by cash, contactless and chip & pin


Kitchen Volunteers Sign Up

Club night, or Saturday bacon butties would not be possible without our amazing volunteers.  It is a great way to contribute back to the club, whilst getting to know more members (in a dry and warm setting!)  If anyone (paddler or parent) would be willing to help in the club kitchens on either a Saturday morning 11am -1pm or Thursday evening please sign up on the sheets in the kitchen.   Or to find out more about what is required, pop us an email at or speak with Holly M or Lois L.


Last chance!
Join the MacGregor Paddle Team

Entries will be going in around Friday so please speak to your group lead or get your entries to Pete Gorman at as soon as possible so we can have the best chance of winning back the MacGregor title for the second year in a row.

If you are struggling with sorting accommodation or transporting boats, speak to your group lead who will happily help or pass you onto someone who can!


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

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

River Closure - Early Notice!

As we move into winter, the National Trust and GBC will be using the quieter season to complete some work on the river and bridges. We have already had notice of the following closures for you to take note of:

- Monday 20th to Friday 24th September between Millmead Lock and Dapdune Wharf (town section)
- Monday 25th to Friday 29th October between Millmead Lock and Dapdune Wharf (town section) 

What's On....

As always lots going in and around the club

w/b Monday 16th August
9:00 - 16:00 Summer Paddlesport Camps - restricted access to changing rooms for limited periods 
Wednesday 18th - Sunday 21st August
Ocean racing European Championships
Thursday 19th August
9:30 Club Night Returns
Sunday 22nd August
Richmond Hasler, Richmond (all Div 9-1, K1 and K2, U12 and U14) - talk to your group leader or Paul Dimmock our marathon team leader, club entries close 15th August, individual entries 18th August
Thursday 26th August
19:45 Guest speaker Tim Lodge: Nutrition in Kayaking (zoom link on TeamApp Events)
3rd-4th September
National Sprint Regatta, Nottingham - MaGgregor Paddle Inter-Club Competition (deadline for registration Sunday 15th August - talk to your Group Lead or Pete Gorman
12th September
Pangbourne Hasler, Pangbourne (Southern Region)
25th September
Floating Pennywort Action Day - taking the fight to the river!


Richmond Hasler, Richmond

22nd August
Geoff Sanders Trophy (U12 - U14)
Marathon Div 9-1; k1 and k2
Club entries to Paul Dimmock  by c.o.p Sunday 15th August, individual entries open till Wednesday 18th 



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