The first ever Slalom Inspires weekend, was deemed a huge success, with almost 60 female paddlers from around the UK taking part.
Held at Lee Valley White Water Centre, the event was created and run by European and World gold medallist, Eilidh Gibson who wanted to create an inspiring weekend for women and girls in division one and premier from all over the UK. It consisted of coaching sessions, workshops and a team building raft session.
She said: “I am really passionate about women and girls in sport. I know how much sport has changed and shaped my life and I want all the other girls to have the same opportunities that I've had.
“We’ve had 58 girls come along from all over the UK, 33 volunteers have given up their time and 50 parents attended discussions.”
The participants took part in a number of on the water training sessions on both the legacy and Olympic courses as well as off the water seminars covering a variety of topics.
Eilidh explained: “I also wanted to educate them about some of the stuff they might not know about, such as the different careers they can have in the sports industry, issues they may have been facing such as body image and what is is like being a muscular woman.”
Participants also heard about how to balance studying and paddling commitments and heard from female Olympians about their journeys.
“I came up with the idea to have a weekend where we bring loads of the girls from canoe slalom together and create a sense of community. I really wanted to make it inspiring and empowering.
“Everyone has been really positive about it and I’m absolutely thrilled with how it has come together,” added Eilidh.
Pictures courtesy of CK Photography