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Durham Success at Adidas Sickline

By Anthony Stewart on Friday 14th October 2016

A massive congratulations go to Durham alumna, Sandra Hyslop, for becoming World Champion at the Adidas Sickline.

You can watch her incredible run below:

By Durham Uni Canoeing on Tuesday 11th October 2016

We had a great pool session on monday night with a load of playboating going on, as well as some polo and some... https://t.co/xbrb90UjCe

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Tuesday 4th October 2016

Come down and join us at the Queens Campus Freshers Fair today and find out about DUCC and all the awesome... https://t.co/ejpCUrZHPN

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Welcome to Durham University Canoe Club

By Mark Ledger on Thursday 22nd September 2016

Hello and welcome to Durham University Canoe Club,


We have lots of exciting plans for this term for you to check out:


From the 8th to the 19th of October we will be running a series of FREE taster sessions both at Maiden Castle in Durham and the Holliday building in Stockton. These are relaxed sessions where you’ll be taught the basics of paddling and play some games to hone your new skills. So whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced paddler that wants to meet the club, why not come along and see what we have to offer? Book your place on the events page (https://community.dur.ac.uk/canoe.club/events.php). All equipment is provided free of charge, just bring a towel, swimsuit/shorts, old shoes you don’t mind getting wet and an extra layer for under your wetsuit. 

On the club’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/canoe.club/) there are also links to our social events, which are a great chance to get to know the club better. There are currently plans for a themed bar crawl, BBQ and a club meal, so keep eye out for each week’s activities.

Finally, a big date for the diary, whether you’re a new or existing member is the return of Tyne Tour. On the 4th-6th November the club will be travelling to Hexham (that’s 50min north-west in case you’re new to the area) to attend the biggest canoe/kayaking festival in Europe. Two days of paddling exciting rivers (suitable for beginners), good food and drink, and a Ceilidh. Sign-up ASAP as places will fill up fast.

Other events, including our BUCS events (inter-university competitions) and weekly sessions can be found in the events section of the website, under the regular sessions tab (https://community.dur.ac.uk/canoe.club/sessions.php). The Wednesday recreational session and the beginner’s pool sessions are particularly suited to new paddlers

By Durham Uni Canoeing on Friday 5th August 2016

Hi all, update on what went on at the Hull International Canoe Polo Tournament on the website, check it out here... https://t.co/xVgMwvrK9C

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Hull International Canoe Polo Tournament

By Liam Price on Friday 5th August 2016

Are you ready paddlers?
You: Aye-aye captain!
I can’t hear you!
You: Aye-aye captain!

Oh! Who went to ‘Hull’, oh did you see?
Kayakin’ and ballin’ and drinkin’ were we

If water based nonsense be something you wish….
Then pull off your deck and swim like a fish

D-U-C-C! D-U-C-C! D-U-C-C!
D-UUUUU….C-CEEEEEEE  Hahahaha ahahahah
*flute sounds*

So first and foremost if any of you did not sing along to that, I am very disappointed in you. As penance you can start again and sing it out loud. So why have I done this? I felt it was essential to introduce the club’s trip down to the Hull international with a song. You may have noticed that the word Hull was being mugged by inverted comma’s above and this is with good reason. Due to building works the tournament could not take place in Hull itself, it took place a little outside of Hull. Upon arrival the smell that greeted you could be perhaps best described as a quirky Yankie Candle scent. The name of which being: “nearby manure pile”. 1/10 would not recommend. So we pitched our tents and all that, except that is for Sarah ‘Judas’ Ehmann who decided to abuse her local contacts and stay the night in Emily’s house in, get this, a bed! Totally betraying the kayaking ethos of being a cold and uncomfortable while on weekends away.

So matches didn’t start until the Saturday morning, so we went to the bar. I know what you’re all asking: how drunk did Danni get? But that wasn’t until the Saturday night. I don’t think we really did much, perhaps socialised a bit, maybe had an early-ish night because we’re #funpeople. So the way the tournament worked is as follows: 3 divisions (div 1-3) each divided into 2 groups. Each group plays a round-robin to produce a league table. You then play the corresponding team from the other group to decide your final position. So first in one group plays first in the other, second plays second and so on. So Durham were in Div 2, in the group not containing Tees Tigres B, which like the previous tournament had strong Durham representation. So a bit about the team before we go any furher as it was mostly, but not entirely Durham. So from Durham were Sarah, Jasz, Dan and myself, with a delightful pair of people by the names of Shaune and Jess. Because I’m all clever and things I had forgotten how names work and thought Shaune was pronounced Shwane when I first read it.

The first day started off less than ideal, with a 2-1 defeat to a St. Albans team we really should have beaten. It was our first time playing as a team though, so that provides some excuse at least. This was followed by a rather high scoring game in which we won 6-3. As the score line suggests we started to work better as a team in this one. We had a bit of a break until the next one, so we got to relax a bit, watch some polo and enjoy the agricultural smelling surroundings. An important game was up next, another university team, a game which our pride would not allow us to lose. University of London were the team in question. Despite the fact that we lost the first game, they were our toughest opponents yet. The goals came from both sides, neither team able to pull ahead, unitl finally Durham did, a 4-3 win showing the #durhamdifference. A relatively straightforward game followed against Scotia B, a 4-2 win. That was that for the day, with three games left to play the next day. So we went out for a meal, eventually finding somewhere that everyone liked the look of wasn’t completely booked out by a party. As the European championships were still going on, we got to enjoy the Germany-Italy game that was on at the time. Unfortunately Sarah had to leave before the match got interesting, and subsequently missed the goals and penalty shoot-out that went to the the ninth player.

The FOA team we played next was a team with a fair few kids on, cos FOA, and size may have been a main reason behind the 7-2 victory we enjoyed. This only left the armed forces team, a fairly formidable looking set of opponents.  This was both our hardest and most enjoyable game of polo yet, which I guess is a good thing, made better by a 3-2 win. It was around now that most of us were flagging somewhat, but Shaune “the energiser bunny” Walsh and Dan I feel somewhat carried by being able to break at speed towards the end of this game. This only left the cross-overs now. We finished second overall thanks to the Armed Forces team having a better goal difference than us. This meant we faced (Kami-) Kamikazee (, take me to the party) (for the MØ fans out there). This is a very good team, that had scored a lot of goals in their half of the draw. So while it was disappointing to lose 1-0, we did well not to concede more and they were probably deserving winners. This meant we came 4th overall, and Tigers B came in a respectable 10th, which given they came in looking for a challenge, they did well. That left packing up and heading home and breathing clean air again.

By Durham Uni Canoeing on Tuesday 19th July 2016

Hey everyone, been a bit behind lately, so here's a bit of an update on what we've been up to. So first up are... https://t.co/p5C1pYlaRM

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Yorkshire Knockout Tournament

By Liam Price on Tuesday 19th July 2016

Durham University recently ventured forth down to Leeds to partake in the Yorkshire Knockout tournament at the Waterfront Festival. So this was a one day event, unsurprisingly given the title, in Leeds. So over the weekend there were things like dragon boats filled with minions and mimes (not Mr mimes as pokemon Go hadn’t come out yet), a live band and what Richard Chew from Harrogate described on facebook as “some daft sport I’ve never seen before involving kayaks and a football”. Before we go into the polo I’ll tell you about the highlight of my weekend. So there was the UK streetfood championships going on, and if you would allow me to paint you a mental smell picture. It was a nasal paradise, with bratwurst demanding the attention of your right nostril, then some exquisite chicken tikka would demand the attention of your other nostril. What was my favourite, I hear you ask? With all of these delicacies on offer, in which stall did I venture? I’ll leave you in suspense until the end, because this will be fun.

So onto the polo side of things. The intrepid Durham Team was made up of Phil Dean, Jenny, Sarah, Dan and myself. There was also strong representation from Durham in Tees Tigers, with Ant, Emma and Danni making up 3/5ths of the team. And yes you did read that right, Phil Dean literally dusted off his polo boat to make an appearance. I won’t bore you with the details of every game, save to say the Durham team did really well in the round-robin stage, overcoming virtually all in their (our) path. Because I am the one writing this, I will inform you of my paddle shot that was really close. Looking at the scoresheet, Dan was probably number 2, Phil was maybe number 3. Midway through the day there was an exhibition match with Phil, Dan and I want to say Ant played in, all representing Durham commendably.

In the afternoon there were a few more matches, leading to two semi-finals. Durham faced White Rose, formidable foes indeed. However a 3-1 win saw them off. This set up a final against Tees Tigers. This was a very tense final, with Durham emerging as victors due by two goals to nill.

And so this meant we have the resulting photo: 

So we have a shiny trophy now. Huzza.

So my favourite element of the delicacies of the best of British Streetfood? None of it, because they packed up by the time they finished. I almost cried.

By BUCS on Tuesday 19th April 2016

#BUCScanoe: Congrats to top 3 Open teams at #CanoePolo Champs. 1st @LEEDSGryphon 2nd @TeamDurham 3rd Uni of London https://t.co/nXhLKKSdZY

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 16th April 2016

Durham uni smashing it at BUCS #AandBTeamVictory

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 16th April 2016

Ladies team won a hard fought game 2-1, with a late winner against Bristol! At least 6th place guaranteed!!

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 16th April 2016

"Garlic and baguettes are life mate" (Chabrelie, 2016)

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 16th April 2016

Old boys won a highly entertaining game 3-2. Looking highly professional according to Ben Simmonds #modesty

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 16th April 2016

Booo harry for binning Ellie, yay Ellie for hand rolling, yay Jean for binning harry #justiceforellie #saveellie

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 16th April 2016

The B team won a hard-fought contest against a team that didn't turn up. Solid effort all round. #victory

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 16th April 2016

The women's team won convincingly 5-2 over Leeds. A strong start with goals from Emma and danni

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 16th April 2016

The men's team get off to a winning start with a 6-0 win. A slow start and the team can do better, but a win none the less

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 16th April 2016

Controversy as harry is made to leave the pitch, his team seem not to realise....

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 16th April 2016

BUCS polo got underway with a valiant performance by the B's. Goals from Jean and Harry left the score as a 3-2 defeat

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National Student Rodeo 2016

By Jean Chabrelie on Monday 7th March 2016

Right guys for all of those that missed NSR I'll try to summarise what you've not had the chance to experience.

NSR started straight off the bat with a messy pre drinking session that involved "Shots in a tube" (England still holds many mysteries from me to unravel) and ungodly amounts of pizza (that Mic still expects compensation for). As soon as everyone felt the presence of NSR's two main enemies (cold and sobriety) be negated by the sheer amount of alcohol they consumed they went to the main tent for a memorable party that involved more alcohol, half naked campers rave music and Max, who is an absolute legend on the dance floor.

The next day started out with everyone in great shape for kayaking. In other words, utterly gutted to have been pulled out their tents and exposed to their hangovers. 
Anyway we had loads of great performances by Anthony play boating and rocking the C1, Eleanor kayaking in a hipster way: aka, without useless mainstream things like paddles. Harry decided that he was too hungover for this shit so he just straight out went for a cheeky swim cementing his position as the club's greatest ever swimmer. Good performances by Ronan as well who made intermediate level a position Captain Ward has been gunning for the last 3 years. Parisa was one of the club's best hopes but she decided that she would be fashionably late for the Women's intermediate final which she missed by a slight margin of a couple of hours. Liam and ex Captain ward reminded us that bromance isn't dead with their great performance on the Duo.

Big congratulations to both Mark and Dan Sheppard for their work saving people's lives all weekend. They even saved one crazed madman who was going down the course in his boxers and swimming for fun (a nudist version of Harry).


The party on Saturday night was pretty epic people were wondering why we came in togas to a Christmas special but we came up with an excuse like Romans killed Jesus whose birth created Christmas. That's still better than: our social sec Alex wanted to re-use an old costume. However, he was sexy in that mini skirt though so we let it slide.
Shout out to Emma for giving us an adult friendly reindeer costume no-one will forget.

Since we didn't get much recognition for our efforts in the prise giving I've come up with my own:

Most keen swimmer: Harry
Nicest person on the dancefloor: Liam
Kinkiest costume: Emma and Alex
Best raver: Max
Most sleep during Nsr: Jennifer
Roughest morning: Eli Bacon
Best NSR spirit: Jake and Eleanor
Most allusive: Taylor


By Durham Uni Canoeing on Saturday 20th February 2016

Congratulations to our newly elected exec! Captain - Liam Price Vice-Captain (Durham) - Parisa Gregg... https://t.co/T2FoiKIaBd

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Friday 19th February 2016

We're all pleased with our performance at BUCS Slalom last week, traditionally not our best ranking competition.... https://t.co/gmoctdJADN

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Sunday 14th February 2016

Slalom Team photo! Thanks to all who came to help/compete and a big thanks to the Friends Group for another great... https://t.co/qd9REgGjXN

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Sunday 14th February 2016

Top effort at slalom this weekend, 6th overall is a great achievement!! #bleedpalatinate #BUCS

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By Durham Uni Canoeing on Tuesday 2nd February 2016

BUCS WWR has been officially rescheduled for Saturday 9th April, see the link for further details. https://t.co/YN5RPGOlKa

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