As Stafford & Stone's Adam Burgess gears up for Tokyo 2020 where he will compete in the men's canoe slalom, his home club have decided to celebrate his achievement by involving all paddlers at S&SCC in an exciting challenge. The challenge in question? To paddle the 9,506km from Stone to Tokyo in just 208 days, starting on the 1st January and finishing on the 26th July 2020, the day the Olympic Canoe Slalom starts. The aim is to raise money for new equipment for the club and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), an excellent charity Adam supports along with many other top athletes.
The idea for the challenge was born from the desire to support Adam, who has been an active member of the club since he began paddling as a child. They wanted a unique way to join his journey to Tokyo, get everyone in the club active, have some fun and raise money for a charity Adam has supported throughout his journey.
Everyone in the club has been encouraged to get involved, no matter what their paddling preference, ability or age... every kilometer counts! Counters have been set up along the river bank so that paddlers can count the number of runs they clock up easily and log them when they get off the water. Group sessions are involved too, with club coaches tasked with counting up the number of runs in their group session and logging those. Even the non-paddlers have been encouraged to get involved, with ergo's in the gym set to clock the kilometers too.
Good luck to everyone at the club taking part in the 'Paddle to Tokyo' campaign, and well done to S&SCC for organising such an inclusive event.
Are your club planning on doing anything to celebrate the Olympics or Paralympics and support home grown talent? Let us know!