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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