Sunderland University Canoe Club
Greetings! I’m Ross, Canoe Club President for the coming year. In other words, I’m the lunatic who’s going to be legging it around the university (and the country) all year doing my best to make sure all our members are getting as wet and as drunk as they want, but most importantly that they’re HAVING A LAUGH doing it! Also, every now and again I’ll be planning canoey-type events with the rest of my fabulous exec committee, but not that often!
With a bit of luck, this year will be one of the most successful in the Club’s recent history and in order to achieve this goal, we’ve already planned a MAHOOSIVE range of events. These will be advertised by emailing our members and posters on our notice boards (in Uni Leisure Centre towards Weights Room and opposite club pigeon holes on the first floor of Wearmouth Hall).
Basically, if it’s possible in a canoe or kayak, we’re willing to give it a try. This varies from paddling in nice warm swimming pools, through throwing ourselves over great big waterfalls, to finding big snow-covered hills and ploughing down the side of them.
We like to see ourselves as pioneers, going where no university club has gone before (as well as going where HAS been gone before, but going there with a HELL OF A LOT MORE STYLE!).
We have a top class team of coaches and instructors who are fully qualified to provide all necessary training (and, more importantly, to administer first aid afterwards), so that all possible safety measures are in place.
Talking of qualifications, we offer the opportunity for our members to receive first class coaching and assessment in all areas of the sport, at all levels. This includes Open (or Canadian) Canoeing, as well as Kayaking, on a personal level or up to Coaching level. Then there’s also the opportunity to specialise in and perfect particular disciplines (Surf, Slalom, Polo etc.) on a personal skill level, in competition, as a coach or as a referee/official.
As a Club, we have quite a decent record in competitions, particularly in Polo and Slalom. Our Ladies won the British Universities Championship in 1999, but were unable to provide a team to defend their title in 2000. However, they did succeed in convincingly winning the North Western Novice League in the 99/00 season. Our mixed teams have had mixed success, again not represented at British Universities Championship, but coming third in both Northern Region Division 1 (A Team) and Division 2 (B Team). We also have Slalomists in National 2nd, 3rd and 4th Divisions, but irrespective of our performances, we are well-known around the country for our ability to ENJOY OURSELVES!
If competitions aren’t your thing, don’t panic – WE CATER FOR EVERYONE, including the ABSOLUTE BEGINNER. We’ve even had members in the past who’ve been terrified of water, but still HAD A WHALE OF A TIME!
With our 3 weekly pool sessions, we’ll develop general paddling skills and let you put them to the test with exercises and games. THEN WE’LL GO FOR A DRINK AND A LAUGH.
When you’re ready we’ll go and use your paddling skills on river trips, on our own or at larger scale nationally-organised events. THEN WE’LL GO FOR A DRINK AND A LAUGH.
Then once you’re top class, we’ll give you the chance to compete. THEN WE’LL GO FOR A DRINK AND A LAUGH.
Then when you get back from the 2004 Olympics, we’ll track you down to GO FOR A DRINK AND A LAUGH.
So whatever you want to achieve from joining the Canoe Club, we’ll give you all the help (and equipment) you need, have a giggle along the way and probably have quite a bit to drink (alcohol obviously not compulsory!) And without a doubt, we’ll do all of this IN STYLE!
If you want to suggest something for the Club, ask me any questions, get any information, or generally stalk me, and if you can’t find me around Sunderland or at the Pool, you can email me.