Canoe Club Comeback!

CANOE CLUB COMEBACK

(Press Release: 3rd October 2022)

 

This weekend, Matlock Canoe Club hosted a National slalom competition attracting a hundred competitors each day from all over Britain. Paddlers travelled from as far north as Perthshire to Somerset in the south for this division 2 event.

The Div 2 slalom course in action

The event has always been the country’s most popular canoe slalom but it is the first time it has run since March 2019. The November 2019 floods devastated the site, which couldn’t be rebuilt until after covid lockdowns. Then again the floods in February this year did serious damage and the event had to be cancelled for the third time. Although the water levels were very low we were still able to put on a fantastic event and have had a lot of praise from paddlers around the country. A huge thanks to the Heights of Abraham and to Derbyshire Dales District Council for allowing us to access their land. Our next event will be in March 2023 and will hopefully be as popular as ever.

Prize Giving. A huge thanks to this year’s new members for their help.

 

In July, the club was targeted by thieves, who broke into the container and stole ten kayaks. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown to us. A local business donated £500 which will be used to buy new paddles and buoyancy aids. Stafford and Stone Canoe Club, Viking Canoe Club and several individuals have donated boats and paddles. Thanks to the Police and Highways Agency we have recovered four of our boats that were dumped near junction 29 of the M1.

 

Our old container is now being scrapped and we will use the profits from the slalom events to buy a new, more secure, container to house the boats, ready for a new group of beginners to start in the Spring.