British Canoeing are pleased to launch ‘Super September,’ a British Canoeing event series across the month of September.
Each weekend in September, there will be numerous competitions taking place in three locations: Holme Pierrepont, Lee Valley White Water Centre and Richmond Canoe Club. A range of disciplines will feature throughout September, from Sprint and Paracanoe, to Canoe Polo and Freestyle, which showcases the breadth and diversity of the sport.
Following a hugely successful Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, a number of British Canoeing medallists and Team GB athletes will be taking part in Super September, as the first season of the four year cycle leading up to Tokyo 2020, comes to an end.
Super September consists of:
2/3 September – Sprint & Paracanoe National Championships – Holme Pierrepont
The Sprint and Paracanoe National Championships is the first event to feature in Super September. Based at Holme Pierrepont, there will be a host of high profile athletes and Olympic medallists taking part in a bid to become National Champion, so it is an event not to be missed.
9/10 September – Canoe Polo National Championships – Holme Pierrepont
Set at the fabulous facility at Holme Pierrepont, the second weekend in September sees the Canoe Polo National Championships take to the brand new pitches in Nottingham. A number of teams will be taking part in the exciting, contact sport, where tactics and positional play are as important as speed and fitness.
16/17 September – Slalom British Open, Rafting & More – Lee Valley White Water Centre
Down at the wonderful Olympic setting which is Lee Valley, the British Open for Slalom will see some of the best athletes in British Canoeing take part in a major Slalom event. There will be two days of intense racing where competitors battle it out for a place in the final heats.
It’s not just slalom this weekend, freestyle, rafting and boater-x will all be competing over the weekend too. There will also be an opportunity to get on the water yourself. The event is free on entry, and you will be able to take part in a huge range of activities across the weekend, such as canoe polo, white water rafting and sit-on-top kayaks.
24 September – Marathon Hasler Finals - Richmond
The annual British Canoeing Marathon Hasler Final will this year take place in Richmond. The event will see clubs from across the UK make their way to the suburban area in south-west London to compete for the prestigious Hasler Trophy.
30/1 September/October – Freestyle European Open & British Championships – Holme Pierrepont
This year’s Freestyle European Open is based at Holme Pierrepont for the last weekend in September. Make your way down to see some fun, fast and dynamic action. Using white water waves and holes to perform tricks, this event is not to be missed. This event will also include the British Championships and the club championships. Events will range from freestyle to Boater Cross to Crowd Pleaser.
September is an exciting month for British Canoeing and there is something for everyone; whether you are an experienced canoeing expert, or a newcomer to the sport. Why not come down to one of our events either in Nottingham or in London, as the best of the best battle it out for their discipline title.
Laura Sutherland, Events Officer at British Canoeing, is excited to display the huge range of disciplines the sport has to offer.
She said: “Super September is really going to showcase the breadth and excitement our sport has to offer, with National Champions being crowned at 4 of our events.
“We hope to see each event buzzing with spectators and athletes and it will be a great day out for everyone attending, no matter which event you visit.”
Alongside in-depth previews of all the events and disciplines taking place across the month, British Canoeing will also be providing a ‘Ones to Watch’ feature ahead of each competition, where we will talk to athletes across all the disciplines to get their perspective on the sport and why you should come down and support canoeing.
Matt Stephenson can’t wait to be a part of Super September, as he will be participating in the Freestyle European Open, and believes people should come down and see a high standard of paddling.
Freestyle is very exciting. Some of the things you see people doing on the water is great, you won’t see anything like it anywhere else. It is a great place to be around and we usually get an exciting atmosphere so I would encourage people to come down and give it a watch.– Matt Stephenson
“I am really looking forward to having the European Open here in Nottingham. It will be really great to get some of the international freestylers to the East Midlands. The standard is going to be really high, the British guys might have the home advantage with us being on this water fairly regularly, but it will still be a tough competition.”
Why not come down and watch the best in the sport compete across September, and also have the chance to meet Olympians and Paralympians at selected events.
For more information on the individual disciplines, please click here.