Last weekend, British Canoeing hosted the canoe slalom coaching conference at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham, with coaches from across the community coming together to share their experiences in the sport.
Last hosted in 2018, Sunday (26 November) saw 60 attendees from clubs and community members engage in a full day of sessions from British Canoeing performance staff across different areas of the sport, alongside opportunities to network and share experiences, practice and insight.
With slalom Performance Director Mark Ratcliffe and Wyedean Canoe Club’s Mike Mitchell getting the sessions underway, Tokyo silver medallist and 2023 World Champion Mallory Franklin spoke about her career to this point and how coaching has been a big part of that.
The remainder of the day consisted of breakout workshop sessions:
Slalom technical progression- How you might use the resource in order to support athlete development
Kayak Cross - Overview of the components of the sport and opportunity for development in clubs
Long term physical development in a Canoe Slalom club environment
The day wrapped up with a panel Q&A with Gareth Wilson, Mark Ratcliffe, Jonathan Davies (Canoe Wales) and Andrew Grudzinski, Chair of the British Canoeing slalom committee) as they discussed the future of slalom through coaching.
Speaking of the day, Mark Ratcliffe, Canoe Slalom and Kayak Cross Performance Director said:
“It has been a long time since we have run a slalom conference and it was great to bring such a large group of passionate coaches together.
“I’d like to thank everyone for making the effort to come along and contribute to an inspirational day.
“Hopefully it was a small step in the community being more connected and helping coaches to renew their motivation to play their part in reinvigorating our amazing sport.”
For coaches who missed the day in Nottingham, or for those who attended the event and would like to review what they learnt from the day, recordings of the sessions will become available shortly.
More information will also be coming about future coaching conferences through the British Canoeing channels.