Junior Kayak School & River Trips Sept 2014

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 Adult Kayak School & River Trips Sept 2014

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General News

Sluice Works Update

Canoe Sprint All Ireland Championships Start Lists
Canoe Sprint All Ireland Championship start lists can be found here.

Congratulations to Robert Hendrick and his Silver medal
A massive congratulations to Robert Hendrick for winning Silver while representing Ireland at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. 
His hard earned silver medal was won while racing in the C1 Obstacle Slalom men category. Canoeing Ireland couldn't be prouder of this well deserved, hard won achievement.

Salmon Leap Canoe Club Ranking Race

Salmon Leap Canoe Club

Ranking Race

Sunday August 31st

Location: Lough Rinn, Mohill, Co. Leitrim    

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Coach Wanted by Salmon Leap Canoe Club

Salmon Leap Canoe Club are currently looking for a Part Time Racing / Development Coach to work with our Level B & C Juniors. This position will be assigned on a contract basis, hours are flexible. Level 2 Coach cert or equivalent required. Apply to the Chairperson, SLCC, Barnhall, Celbridge Road, Leixlip, Co. Kildare or email  salmonleapracing@gmail.com

Nice article from Nanjing

Robert Kendrick (left), with coach Eoin Rheinisch

NANJING, Aug 24 – Canoeist Robert HENDRICK was not about to let a little separation anxiety intrude on his Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games dream.

When the 16-year-old Irishman awoke on his first morning in Nanjing after a 14-hour flight from Dublin he realised it was the first time he had been apart from his identical twin Noel for longer than a day.

“Noel competes in K1 [single kayak] and we double up in C2 [double canoe], but he didn’t qualify for these Games,” HENDRICK said.

“He trains as much as me, goes to most of the same competitions as me, but he’s not on the water with me here, which makes it a bit different.

“But he’s here now. He’s travelled out with mum and dad [Lourde and Pat] to support me, which I’m really happy about,” Ireland’s Opening Ceremony flag bearer said.

The sight of the National Olympic Committee code IRL is a rare one in a canoe discipline usually ‘owned’ by powerhouse European nations such as Hungary, Germany, Russia and Poland.

And HENDRICK knows he will have his work cut out as he competes in both the sprint and slalom events.

“Canoe is not a very big sport in Ireland. There are so few of us competing and it’s hard for us to keep being competitive when there’s next to no one to race against,” he said.

“It’s difficult and we make do well enough, but there are very few C1s [single canoes], so you’re really racing against yourself a lot.

“I compete internationally as much as I can and I’ve raced at world juniors and other big races. This is another competition I just have to make the most of.”

HENDRICK, Ireland’s sole canoeist in Nanjing, has his well-qualified coach with him to make sure he is no minnow among sharks this week at Nanjing Rowing-Canoeing School.

Eoin RHEINISCH (IRL) competed in slalom at the Olympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012. 

His performance in coming fourth in the K1 final at the Beijing 2008 Games remains the best by an Irishman in the event.

He is a fan of the experience athletes gain from Youth Olympic Games participation.

“My first Olympics was at Athens in 2004 and I went in there ranked number six and I had a really good season leading in to it, but I definitely suffered from not being fully prepared for the Olympic experience,” RHEINISCH said.

“It’s a difficult thing to prepare for because no one can really tell you what the experience will be like.

“I think that’s what gives so much value to the athletes coming here. The village, the media and the frustrations that they are going to come up against when rules don’t make sense necessarily; learning the way it is.

“Robert wants to go on to Tokyo [2020 Olympic Games], so the exposure here has already been very, very valuable,” he said.

The luck of the Irish deserted HENDRICK on Saturday when he failed to advance to Sunday’s C1 semi-finals, but Monday’s Obstacle Slalom qualifications await.

“That’s the one he really wants to do well in, a bit of the rougher stuff is definitely his preference,” RHEINISCH said.

Coaching Ireland Adventure Sport Tutor Training Dates

Coaching Ireland Adventure Sport Tutor Training Dates have been released.  This course is open to active senior instructors who wish to further their involvement in the delivery of the Instructor Training Programme.

Adventure Sport Tutor Course Dates  
Monday 13th – Thursday 16th October (venue – University of Limerick) &

Monday 3rd – Thursday 6th November (venue – Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Co Down)

The course costs €800 however NGB support is provided to all successful applicants.  Places are limited and candidates will be chosen based on qualifications, experience and level of activity.

Instructors who wish to be nominated for Adventure Sport Tutor training must fulfil the following criteria:

1.      Have an instructor qualification at intermediate level - Minimum Level 3 Instructor 

2.      Be an active Instructor for a minimum of 6 years

3.      Have completed Instructor Training Panel registration criteria, see here

4.      Complete the Tutor Nomination form

5.      Be nominated by Canoeing Ireland 

Applications can be made by filling out the Tutor nomination form, click here, and returning to committee@tdu.ie. Applications close on the 12th September 2014


11th National Coaching Forum - 26th/27th September 2014
11th National Coaching Forum - 26th/27th September 2014

See article for details and links!

Paddlefest 2014 - 20th/21st September
Countdown to Junior Paddlefest begins
Junior Paddlefest 2014 takes place on the 20th and 21st September in Hidden Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Rathdrum, Wicklow.
Please check out the latest Magazine from the hardworking lads at Paddlefest. If you haven't signed up your juniors, do so before it is too late!

Junior Liffey Descent 2014
Junior Liffey Descent 2014

Saturday 6th September 2014 starting at 12 pm at Salmon Leap Canoe Club, Leixlip Lake and finishing
at the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre, Strawberry Beds, Chapelizod

Please click here for further information.

Notes: Please ensure you read these notes prior to completing the entry form
• Use BLOCK CAPITALS when completing the entry form
Completing the entry form
• Ensure all questions are answered
• Use your own home address, telephone number and email address
• Entry forms must be signed by both a parent and a club / school official. Unsigned entry forms will not be accepted
• No confirmation is returned to an entrant when an entry form is received. If you wish to confirm that your entry has been received, contact Canoeing Ireland on 01 6251105 or office@canoe.ie

Pre entry – Pre entry is required
• All participants must collect their race number and bib at the Salmon Leap Canoe Club clubhouse on Saturday, 6th September from 10:45 to 11:30 AM
Your race number and bib
• No participants will be allowed to enter the event without a race bib and number

Non return of race bibs at the finish will incur a €20 penalty
Junior Liffey Descent t-shirts – Junior Liffey Descent t-shirts will be given out at the finish on return of your bib to a race official
• Changes to entries and late entries will be accepted up to 5pm on Wednesday, 3rd September. Late entry fee applies
• No amendments or late entries will be accepted after Wednesday, 3rd September.

See main page for more details: Junior Liffey Descent 2014