Category: Governance

British Canoeing Competition Hardship Fund

British Canoeing has created a hardship grant for eligible English athletes who are having financial difficulties, or whose family circumstances mean they are at a disadvantage relative to their peers. The grant can be used towards athlete contributions to international competition, travel and accommodation for competition and entry and accreditation fees.

For full details on the grant and the full policy, visit the British Canoeing article here.

2023 UK Anti-Doping Prohibited List

Check the Prohibited List ? – Not knowing is not enough.

The 2023 Prohibited List is available to read now and comes into effect on 1 January. Read about the Prohibited List over on UK Anti-Doping‘s website below.

Talent Club Champion

If you would like more information about how your club can gain Champion Club Accreditation, British Canoeing is running a free “Introduction to Talent Champion Club” webinar on 24 November. To book a place, please click here.

For more details on what the Talent Champion role involves, club committee members can check out the Accreditation tab in the Club House or contact

ACM election results

Many thanks to all those who attended the online 2022 MRC ACM on 13 July 2022.  Apologies again for the problems with the initial Zoom link – these were beyond our control, but hopefully everyone managed to get there in the end.

The results of the elections were:

Chairman – Stan Missen (Bradford-on-Avon)

Committee – Scott Hynds (Elmbridge), having previously been co-opted onto the committee, along with Mick Nadal (Nottingham), Kat Wilson (Reading), David Sackman (Reading), Roland Lawler (Elmbridge), Bryn Price (Maidstone), and Siobhan Urquhart (Banbury), who were all re-elected.  All will serve a period of two years.  Details of the full committee can be found here.

The committee will be meeting on Sunday 11 September 2022 (before the start of the Pangbourne Hasler) with the annual all-day meeting on Saturday 19 November 2022 at Cropredy.  We will continue to consider the issues raised at the ACM and, if you have further comments to make on those, or anything else you would like the committee to discuss, please contact either the chair (Stan Missen), or the secretary (Siobhan Urquhart)

MRC ACM and Committee Nominations

The MRC 2022 ACM will be held online on Wednesday 13 July at 7.30pm.

A reminder that anyone wishing to stand for a place on the MRC must inform the Secretary (Acting) of their candidacy by 1st June 2022.  They must be a full member of British Canoeing and be proposed and seconded by two other full members.  This year, in addition to the annual election of Chair (currently Stan Missen) we have the following whose terms are up but can stand for re-election: Mick Nadal, David Sackman, Kat Wilson, Siobhan Urquhart and Bryn Price.  There is also a vacancy due to the sad death of James Smythe.

Standing as an elected member of the MRC is a great way to make a difference to our sport and be involved directly in how it is run. Committee members are expected to attend around four meetings per year, and to play an active role in the administration of the discipline in between meetings.

In addition to the annual election for the Chair, other duties currently covered by those named above include deputy chair, secretary to the committee, racing rules, secretary of the selection committee, international team logistics, national events and masters’ racing,

If you are interested in standing and becoming involved in the above, please feel free to contact the Secretary (Acting), Siobhan Urquhart, or the Secretary (Acting) by 1st June, again supported by signatures of two full members of British Canoeing.  Other items may be discussed at the meeting at the Chairman’s discretion.

Email addresses:
Stan Missen – Chair –
Siobhan Urquhart – Acting Secretary –

British Canoeing Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

Please find below British Canoeing’s Covid-19 vaccination policy, which is applicable to athletes on all teams and squads, volunteers and officials.

Race Etiquette

It has come to the notice of the MRC that there have been a small number of complaints regarding paddler behaviour during recent events, aimed towards other, slower crews taking part in the same event.  It should be borne in mind that everyone is racing in their respective class, and faster crews should respect slower crews who will also be competing in their own race.  Faster crews coming up behind another boat should try and indicate their presence and avoid conflicts with the crews they are catching and passing.  A friendly warning shout is acceptable, aggression is not.

Additionally, at a recent event the starter was sworn at for not starting the race early, when most but not all crews were lined up.  Such behaviour is totally unacceptable and could lead to disqualification from the event or a longer ban.

Please be courteous towards all other competitors and the marshals at events.

The Racing Levy

Every time you enter a Hasler or other big race, some of your entry fee pays for something called the “Racing Levy”  – but why do we have it, and what does it pay for?