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Canoeing Ireland High Performance Coordinator

Canoeing Ireland High Performance

Canoeing Ireland has been reviewing its operational structure with regards to high performance activities for some time now.  It has been acknowledged that the current support for this area falls below the standard set by other Olympic/Paralympic National Governing Bodies and that significant action is needed if Canoeing Ireland athletes are to fulfil their potential on the International Stage.  To address this issue, Canoeing Ireland’s Training And Development Officer Jon Mackey is taking on the additional responsibility for High Performance.  Jon is no stranger to high performance, he is a National coach for Kickboxing Ireland whose team enjoyed huge success at last month’s  junior World Championship in Italy, finishing 4th in the medal table out of 65 countries. Jon is currently studying for a Masters degree in ‘Coaching Science in Sport’ at UCD.

Jon will work closely with all the performance disciplines, Sport Ireland, the Sport Ireland Institute and the Olympic Federation to identify and nurture the undoubted talent within our sport.  Canoeing Ireland are exploring ways to support Jon with his diverse roles, to ensure that all areas receive the attention they deserve.

Paddy Boyd, Canoeing Ireland CEO, said  “I am really delighted that we are addressing this important area of our sport.  There is undoubted paddling talent in Ireland, borne out by recent results.  It is incumbent on Canoeing Ireland to provide the support for our ambitious young athletes”.

Jon Mackey said “I’m very much looking forward to working with the athletes, coaching staff and discipline committees within Canoeing Ireland. 2018 has seen some of our best results on the international stage across a number of competitive disciplines. We have a team with huge potential and I look forward to working alongside them as we endeavour to make our mark on the European, World and Olympic stage.”

Extras for Vikings TV show

Vikings are looking for extras with canoeing experience for filming in late October and early November. We are looking for specific ethnicities; Tibetan, Nepalese, Mongolian, Balinese, Myanmar & Burmese, Indigenous Central & South American, Central Asian, for example Kazak/Tajik, Afghan. Read more

National Sprint Championships 2018


Canoe Sprint Ireland

National Sprint Championships 2018

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018

Venue: Lough Rynn Canoeing/Rowing Regatta Centre, Mohill, Co. Leitrim

Events: K1 200m, 500m & 1000m            K2 500m

Classes: Male/Female Senior, ParaCanoe, Masters (35+), U-23, U-18, U-16, U-14, U-12/Guppies. In the case of K2 clubs may be combined to form crews.

Entry Form: entry form

Entry details: Unlimited entry fee: Juniors €15, Seniors €25. Entries should be completed online and emailed to before Wednesday 10th October @ 6:00PM to avoid late entry fee. Late entry is €5 per person and will be accepted up until Friday 12th October @ 12:00PM. Entries will not be accepted after this. Payment will be accepted on the day before commencement of racing between the times of 8:00AM – 9:30AM. Failure to pay will result in a withheld entry.

Event Details: ICF standard Canoe Sprint 9 lane regatta course. K1 heats will be open and may be seeded for all classes combined based on past history, performance, etc. at the organisers discretion. Times will determine qualification to the finals.

Racing order: First race starts at 10:00AM sharp with K1 U14 200M heats, racing will proceed in ascending order of age and finals will occur after heats, followed by the 500m heats and finals and the 1000m heats and finals. Event will finish with the K2 500m heats and finals.

As per national guidelines and Canoeing Ireland rules, life jackets or PFDs must be worn when on the water.

Accommodation and additional info:

Lough Rynn Castle self-catering houses contact 071-9632700.

B&Bs in area: Lough Rynn View 087 277 8942 and Lough Rynn Gatehouse 086 856 8284.

Camping for campervans and caravans at the centre.


European Week of Sport #BeActive

Check out the video from Sport Ireland to highlight all that is going on for European Week of Sport.

The 2018 European Week of Sport and Physical Activity will be celebrated across Ireland from 22nd-30th September 2018.

The European Week of Sport takes place between the 22-30 September and aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more. As an annual event, the European Week of Sport will inspire all kinds of creative and exciting events and activities in different countries.

See what Ireland did to #BeActive in 2017

Even Junior Paddlefest got a plug:

Liffey Descent finalised results 2018







The finalised results for the 59th International Liffey Descent 2018 are now available. Thanks again to all our participants, volunteers, sponsors, supporters and staff for all your continued support with this great event. We couldn’t do it without you. Read more

Will you be at Junior Paddlefest 2018?

It is that time of year again. It always rolls around so fast. This event would be nothing without all your help and perseverance year in and year out! For that, we in Canoeing Ireland, would like to thank you for all the time you take out to make the Junior Paddlefest Event such a roaring success. Your volunteering doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. Read more

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