A number of the Talent Club Partners (TCP) and Paracanoe Talent Club Partners (PTCP) share the good work undertaken over the last couple of months since joining the partnership.
Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club has been busy since becoming a Talent Club Partner. Led by Liam Brown and Jake Brown, the club have embarked on a school recruitment and engagement programme. To date, the pair have visited and presented to five primary schools, reaching over 200 pupils with 38 attending taster sessions. The club are currently running six week beginner courses to give an introduction to Slalom, and so far three new paddlers have joined the club.
Liam and Jake were able to get to many schools by presenting at a schools partnership meeting. This opportunity allowed them to speak with PE teachers from 20 schools in their area. While Liam and Jake have delivered to five schools, the work continues over the summer with a further three schools lined up.
Attila Herbent, Head Coach at Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club has been working hard to identify and develop para athletes with a potential to progress. Since joining the Paracanoe Talent Club Partnership in April, RLSCC have recruited three para athletes into the club programme. Jon Tarrant is one of the three athletes and has been training three times a week since April. Jon was recruited from the Limb Power games and is a lower limb amputee with a previous rugby background. As part of the clubs Para programme, Jon has been sampling various boats to develop the skills, balance and boatmanship needed to progress. This sampling recently took Jon, and Attila, in a K2 to the Burton Hasler marathon.
Competing in Division 6, Jon and Attila raced against able bodied athletes and completed the false portage before winning the race. This is a great start to Jon’s racing career and shows what can be achieved with the right training and coaching. While Jon has one eye on future Paralympic success, being able to compete with able bodied athletes has only increased his confidence and is also a great advert for the equality in our sport.