Category: Selection

Open for Consultation: Selection Policy 2024

The MRC Selection Policy has been published for consultation. You are invited to review the document and share your feedback. Consultation closes at 12:00 noon on the Friday 2nd February 2024.

All feedback should be shared directly to Nanette Kelly, Chair of the Selectors, via marathon.selectors@vol.britishcanoeing.org.uk.

MRC-Selection-Policy-2024-CONSULTATION-24.1.24.docx

World Championships & Para Demonstration 2023 Selection Announcement

Following the National Championships, the Selection Committee met to select the two teams for the Worlds. Thank you to Norwich Canoe Club for hosting a successful weekend of racing. See below for the full selection note and handicap data.

We would like to congratulate the athletes on their selections to their respective teams.

French Nationals Championships 2023 Selection Announcement

Following the Marathon National Championships in Norwich on the 22/23 July, the MRC Selection Committee has chosen a team to represent British Canoeing at the French National Championships.

Congratulations to all.

Last Chance for Availability Forms for World Championships & French Nationals 2023

The final assessments of 2023 will be held at the National Championships at Norwich Canoe Club on the 23/24th July (this weekend). This event forms one of the lead assessments for the World Championships and will serve as the only assessment for the French Nationals U16/U14 trip and the Para Demonstration Event at the World Championships.

To be considered for selection you must fill in the correct availability form for the team you are seeking selection for:

The deadline for submission of your availability forms is now 9am on Thursday 20th July (tomorrow). Once this time has passed, no more availability forms will be accepted.

A separate notice specifically for the Para team with more information can be found here. For the World and French Nationals, please take the time to familiarise yourselves with the Selection Policy found here.

If you have any questions about the availability forms or admin, please contact the Selection Committee Secretary, Kat Wilson. For questions relating to the selection process please contact the Chair of Selectors, Nanette North.

Para Worlds Demo Event, World Championships and French Nationals 2023 Selection Details

The final assessments of 2023 will be held at the National Championships at Norwich Canoe Club on the 23/24th July. This event forms one of the lead assessments for the World Championships and will serve as the only assessment for the French Nationals U16/U14 trip and the Para Demonstration Event at the World Championships.

Please find details of the National Championships here: https://nationals.norwichcanoeclub.co.uk/

Entries can be completed here: 2023 National Championships Entries

To be considered for selection you must fill in the correct availability form for the team you are seeking selection for:

The deadline for submission of your availability forms is midnight 18th July

More specifics on the Para selection can be found below. For the World and French Nationals, please take the time to familiarise yourselves with the Selection Policy found here.

If you have any questions about the availability forms or admin, please contact the Selection Committee Secretary Kat Wilson. For questions relating to the selection process, please contact the Chair of Selectors Nanette North.

Para Demonstration Event at the World Championships 2023

The Para Worlds Events:

The ICF have announced they will be holding a Paracanoe Demonstration event which is being held in conjunction with the World Marathon Championships in Denmark. 

The program has the following Mens and Women’s classes:

  • KL1 (6.8km)
  • KL2 (10.2km)
  • KL3 (10.2km)
  • VL1 (6.8km)
  • VL2 (10.2km)
  • VL3 (10.2km)
  • Open event  (10.2k) for all IPC defined impairment categories which are not included in the IPC approved impairment categories for Paracanoe. 

Competitors are required to use kayaks and Va’a boats which meet the ICF Paracanoe technical standards for all demonstration events, including the open event. Athlete Classification will be available at the event as required.

Selection Process:

The MRC has received funding from British Canoeing to allow us to send up to 3 athletes* to this event.

Selection details for the event are as follows:

  • Selection will take place at the National Marathon Championships on the 23rd July.
  • Entries can be complete here: 2023 National Championships Entries
  • Athletes are required to use kayaks and Va’a boats which meet ICF paracanoe technical standards in the selection event**.
  • Please enter the class you wish to be selected for. Starts may be combined as per the discretion of Norwich Canoe Club.
  • Selection will be made by benchmarking results across classes as per the World Championships selection process laid out in section 3.1 of the Selection Policy found here
  • Availability forms must be fully completed by midnight 18th July
  • The availability form can be found here: Para World Demonstration Event Availability Form

If you have any questions about the availability forms or admin, please contact the Selection Committee Secretary Kat Wilson. For questions relating to the selection process please contact the Chair of Selectors Nanette North.

* team size may change and will be dependent on funding available and logistical considerations including availability of accommodation.

** unless otherwise agreed in writing from the Chair of the Selection Committee.

Team Announcement for 2023 European Championships and Sanabria K4

The selection committee would like to again thank Elmbridge Canoe Club for hosting a very professional assessment weekend. Following the assessment weekend the Selection Committee met to complete the selections for the two events. Please view the linked documents below for the full selection note, assessment results and HC data.

Congratulations to the athletes on their selections to their respective teams.

As per the 2023 Selection Policy (published here), any requests to review the selections must be made in writing to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Nanette North, within 48 hours of the publication of this document, i.e. by 10pm on Saturday 17th June 2023.

Assessment Weekend Final Details

Please see below for the final details of this weekends assessment race. It is due to very hot over the weekend. If you are racing or spectating, please ensure you are well-hydrated and considering the weather.

If you are unable to attend to spectate, racing will be live streamed via our Facebook group. Updates of results will also be posted on our social media stories throughout the day.

Assessment is per selection policy as detailed on our International Selection page.

Elmbridge K1/C1 MRC Assessment race – 10/5/23

1st Briefing at 10:00am

Start order:

  • 10:30am – 12 miles for Senior & U23 Women K1 and Senior Men C1 (depending on entry numbers) – 6 laps, 4 portages 
  • 10:32am – 8.5 miles for Junior Girls K1, Junior Boys C1 and Senior Women C1 (depending on entry numbers) – 4 laps, 2 portages

2nd Briefing at 2:50pm

Start order:

  • 03:20pm – 16 miles for Senior & U23 Men K1 – 8 laps, 6 portages
  • 03:22pm – 12 miles for Junior Boys K1 – 6 laps, 4 portages

Start at the white house (an upstream start so this might change if conditions are unfair), paddle upstream around the back of the little island to a 3 buoyed turn, turn anti clockwise and continue downstream via the main channel of the little island (club side), head past the portage outside the club (DO NOT PORTAGE ON THIS LAP), continue down the cut to the 2nd turn just below Desborough Island, and turn anti-clockwise upstream around the back of Desborough Island.

Repeat as appropriate to your race.

The portage is outside the club, using the floating landing stage, up the tow path and back in on the 2nd landing stage. There is a gap between the floating landing stage and the edge, paddlers need to be aware!

On the last lap, you turn in the same place as normal (3 buoy turn), but you finish at the bridge below the club some 300m+ from the top turn. 

YOU DO NOT PORTAGE ON THE LAST LAP

Elmbridge K2/C2 MRC Assessment race – 11/5/23

1st Briefing at 10:30am

Start order:

  • 11:00am – 12 miles for Senior & U23 Women K2 and Senior Men C2 (depending on entry numbers) – 5 laps, 4 portages
  • 11:02am – 8.5 miles for Junior Girls K2, Junior Men C2 & Senior Women C2 (depending on entry numbers) – 3 laps, 2 portages

2nd Briefing at 1:15pm

Start order:

  • 01:45pm – 16 miles for Senior & U23 Men K2 – 7 laps, 6 portages
  • 01:47pm – 12 miles for Junior Boys K2 – 5 laps, 4 portages

Start at Elmbridge canoe club and continue downstream via the main channel of the big island, continue down the cut to the bottom turn at Walton bridge (staying outside the separation buoy), and turn anti-clockwise upstream and head up the cut on the right hand side, turn around the little island anti clockwise to the first portage.

Repeat as appropriate to your race.

The portage is outside the club, using the floating landing stage, up the tow path and back in on the 2nd landing stage. There is a gap between the floating landing stage and the edge, paddlers need to be aware!

On the last lap, you turn in the same place as normal, but you finish at the bridge below the club some 300m+ from the top turn. 

YOU DO NOT PORTAGE ON THE LAST LAP

New Athlete Representative required for selection committee – Urgent!

The MRC Selection Committee are seeking a volunteer to join as Athlete Representative. 

The athlete representative will be invited to all selection meetings, and will be able to contribute to the discussion, but is not a voting member of the selection committee.

Requirements of the athlete representative:

  • Act as an independent member of the committee (not MRC, a current athlete seeking selection or club coach).
  • They should bring with them experience of being an international athlete (where possible).
  • Know and understand the selection policy.
  • Question and challenge the process during the meetings to ensure selections are made in line with the policy

The next meeting of the selection committee will be in the days following the assessment weekend 10th/11th June, and the new athlete representative should be available to join this meeting. 

For more information and to register interest please contact Tom Sharpe by Sunday 4th June.

K1/C1 & K2/C2 Assessment Weekend June 10/11th

This assessment weekend will have a singles long course race on the Saturday and doubles long course race on the Sunday. The assessment will be used for the following:

  • Lead assessment for the European Championships
  • The K2 assessment will be used with the Short Course Nationals as joint lead assessment for the Sanabria K4 (date now updated in the selection policy here).
  • Continuous assessment for the World Championships (although is not the lead assessment for selection to this international)

To be considered for selection for the below internationals, you must complete the availability forms by Midnight on Wednesday 7th June

The assessment weekend was due to take place in the Thames Valley. Unfortunately, this has not been possible due an extremely high number of regattas and fates taking place over the same weekend on this stretch of the Thames. Elmbridge have kindly offered to host again. We would like to thank them. It not only keeps the event close to the original area announced but it also an excellent venue for the assessment weekend. We would like to recognise that the K2 race clashes with Royal’s Hasler, which is unfortunate as it is in the same region. We hope that this change in location does not impact their event.

Due to a local raft race, the busy time of year on the Thames, and to reduce interclass wash hanging, the starts will be split across the day into two starts. The Saturday will see a large gap between starts to avoid the local fete raft race. The Sunday starts will be run back to back. We appreciate the timetable may not be ideal for some, however Elmbridge have taken a lot of time to consider the best way to execute a professional and fair assessment event which is reflected in the schedule they have produced. They will shortly publish the race pack and open entries to the event. When open, entries can be found on the entry site: K1/C1 Entries, K2/C2 Entries.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the Selection Policy: 2023 Selection Policy. If you have any further questions regarding the Selection Process, please contact the Chair of the Selectors, Nanette North on: marathon.selectors@vol.britishcanoeing.org.uk

Updated Team Announcement for 2023 World Cup and German Nationals

The Marathon Selection Committee wanted to provide an update on the team attending the 2023 World Cup and German Nationals. Congratulations to the athletes on their selections to their respective teams.