Canoe Polo World Championships

By Anthony Stewart on Friday 19th September 2014

Best of luck to our three athletes competing at the Canoe Polo World Championships this year, Matthew Fletcher, Daniel Robson and Olivia Hithersay.

Keep up-to-date with how they do by following @durhamunicanoe on twitter.

Golden weekend for the Canoe Club

By Charlie Jefferson on Wednesday 27th November 2013

Last weekend saw Durham University Canoe Club (DUCC) claim victory over 24 other universities in order to win the BUCS Wild Water Racing Championship. A feat not achieved for nearly 10 years.

The team fought hard to win 16 medals overall, had 21 top 10 finishes and were placed nearly 70 points clear of the main rivals Loughborough University.

Enduring what was to be another cold weekends paddling thirty DUCC members set off to battle it out at this years Championship held at the River Washburn, North Yorkshire. The Championship is an annual inter-university competition that sees canoeists, from Universities from all over Britain, racing for the fastest time down a section of white water.

The event is run by the Club’s alumni, Friends of Durham University Canoe Club, who work incredibly hard to organise a superb competition, and this year was no exception with around 300 competitors vying for the medals in individual and team races across both canoe and kayak disciplines.

The first day involved the classic race where competitors race down a 1 km series of rapids in as little as seven and a half minutes. The day finished with DUCC on top but the sprint races on the Sunday were set to be tough with Loughborough and Nottingham Universities traditionally performing well.

Another cold days racing later and a brilliant performance from the team saw Durham placed a brilliant first overall in the rankings. While the whole team performed incredibly well, Mark Ledger stole the show winning 3 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

While much of this success must be attributed to the hard work put in by individual athletes, the performance has built on a strengthening racing programme over the last few seasons that has seen Durham climb the tables in recent years. With the support of the Clubs Friends Group (FoDUCC) two new racing boats were purchased in the last year helping to give Durham the extra edge when it came to racing. In addition to the new boats a specific white water racing training day, which was kindly funded by Team Durham, helped to polish race technique in the lead up to the championship.

Thanks to the great dedication of Club athletes, the Club Committee and the tremendous support of FoDUCC, Team Durham and our sponsors PWC the Club has had a fantastic start to the year. Attention if now focused on training for the Slalom Championship next term and the clubs strongest event, Canoe Polo in Easter, where it is hoped a similar performance can be achieved.

BUCS Wild Water Race

By Mark Stillings on Monday 28th October 2013

Don't forget BUCS is only 4 weeks away. Why not go out and get some training in so that we can all smash BUCS again this year!!!

16 new Nomad polo boats!

By Erica Powell on Tuesday 1st October 2013

Thank you! Team Durham, and an even bigger thank you to the Friends Group for the funding!

Quick round up of the year!

By Erica Powell on Tuesday 10th September 2013

Over the past year the competitive side of the canoe club has grown in strength, achieving notable success in both BUCS WWR and BUCS Canoe Polo. In the December BUCS Wild water race there were some outstanding performances from the club’s athletes, most notably: Phil Dean who won the K1M Classic and K1M Sprint categories. Many other great performances including Alison Auld who won the K1W Classic category resulted in the club coming 2nd overall. 

In April, the club competed at the BUCS Canoe Polo Championships.  The dedication shown by the three teams throughout the year was rewarded, with all teams medalling: the ladies’ team came 2nd, the men’s A-team came 3rd, and the men’s B-team came 1st. 

The club also excelled at the Team Durham Palatinate Ball receiving 2 half palatinates, 2 full palatinates and 2 international honours awards. Beth Barratt was nominated as Sportswomen of the Year and the club as a whole was nominated as Team of the Year! 

The club has also grown recreationally with a successful freshers weekend in October which was then followed by regular coaching and river trips over the year, including a weekend away to the Lake District. 5 members of the club recently passed their 3* award and another 5 members took part in a leadership course in preparation for the canoe club trip to the Alps in the summer. 

It's been a brilliant year for the canoe club both recreationally and competitively and we hope to continue with the success next year!

BUCS Canoe Polo Success!

By Erica Powell on Tuesday 10th September 2013

Women’s Canoe Polo came agonisingly close to retaining the BUCS title but had to settle for a silver medal this time around. The women started the weekend with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Cambridge before coming up against last year’s Semi Finalists ULU. Despite a close first half the Palatinates pulled away in the second period to secure a 5-1 victory.  The Semi Final saw Durham come up against a talented Bristol side and the opposition were more than deserved of their 1 goal advantage at the end of the first half. The second phase was a far more open affair with Durham equalising and Bristol answering back within a matter of seconds to edge back into the lead. As the time ticked on it looked as though Durham’s hopes were going with it but a fine solo goal from captain, Beth Barrett, forced the game in overtime. It was clear that the golden goal situation was in all of the players’ minds as both teams started tentatively, seemingly determined not to give anything away and it was perhaps for this reason that the game went into a third phase of overtime before captain Beth Barrett stole the show to put the Palatinates into the final.

The final itself saw Durham come up against a talented Loughborough team who just had too much quality for the Palatinates. At 3-2 it looked like the match could go either way but Loughborough edged further and further in front to secure a 6-3 victory.

The men had an equally pleasing weekend. The Palatinate’s stormed through the early rounds but were made to work very hard against Nottingham in the Quarter Final with a golden goal penalty finally seeing off Nottingham. The Semi Final saw the Palatinates take on red hot favourites Sheffield Hallam but, whilst the game was much tighter than many would have predicted, Hallam were victorious to put an end to Durham’s assault on the title.

Outside of the BUCS Championship the men’s ‘B Team’ also had a fantastic weekend winning the National Second Team Championship – when considering that many of the B Team players were novices at the start of the year it is clear that the clubs development pathway is working well!

Exciting summer ahead

By Erica Powell on Monday 25th March 2013

So DUCC is planning for the summer! We've booked a kayaking whitewater week away in the Alps, a canoe polo competition in Italy, and that's only the start.

Have an exciting DUCC reunuion weekend for current and past members of the club, including a spectacular evening and meal at the Gala theatre and a river trip ending in a BBQ.
Planned 3*, first aid, river leadership and WWSR courses.
A canoeing/kayaking weekend on a Scottish Loch - wild camping and campfires included :D My vote is for Loch Lommond, but who knows where eventually we'll decide :) Second weekend planned is an intermediate whitewater weekend on grade 3/4 water too, which I'm pretty sure all the Alps people will be going on, accompanied by some keen others :) 

Also, plan is for some more taster sessions after exams, so if you've never tried kayaking before and this news post has intrigued you pop down to the club, at maiden castle, on the 12th and 19th June. Times yet to be decided.

Very excited for post exams, and the club's future right now :D

- Erica (Info Sec)

New Exec :)

By Erica Powell on Saturday 23rd February 2013

Exciting times ahead with the new exec announced last night at the AGMWell done to everyone!

Lets just hope we can continue the last exec's good work, and further increase the strength of the club. 
Hope everyone else is as enthusiastic as Jasz's "SUPER KEEN" manifesto :D

For any of you who weren't there the current new exec is:
Club Captain -  Abbie Cresswell
Durham Vice Captain - Simone Smith
Stockton Vice Captain - Jasz Blows
Treasurer - Alice Haws
Competition Officer - Mark Stillings
Information Secretary - Erica Powell
Recreational Officer - Michael Sills 
Durham Social Secretaries - Emma Long & Luci Whiteman 
Stockton Social Secretary - Undecided
Durham Kit Officer - Dave Peel
Stockton Kit Officer - Undecided

- Erica (Info Sec) 

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