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The British Canoeing Slalom Athlete Pathway aims to provide a seamless transitional pathway for talented athletes from Junior and Talent Programmes, into the Senior Slalom Podium Programme.

This pathway provides the best possible development of our future podium athletes and maximises our chances of Olympic success. The stages of the Slalom pathway are:

  • The Senior UK Programme
  • The Podium Potential UK Programme 
  • Home Nation Talent Programmes - for athletes aspiring to reach senior international level over the next 10 years

England Talent Pathway for Canoe Slalom

Our vision is to create a world leading talent development programme which supports every athlete to be the best they can be.

The England Slalom Programme is divided into a tiered, progressive squad structure with four clearly defined levels, selection criteria and aims:

  • England Performance Squad (EPS)
  • England National Talent Squad (ENTS)
  • England Super Regional Squad (SRS)
  • England Regional Talent Academy (RTA)

Each tier builds on the previous one, to provide a clear pathway for athletes to develop from club level with a step by step approach which recognises and rewards athletes at each level of their journey.

Each of the three regions in England (North, Central and South) has an RTA and SRS squad based at a key white water facility. There are two national squads (ENTS and EPS) which recruit from these regions and draw the best boats in England together to train.

At this level, whilst there is a focus on delivering results, the key emphasis is on the development of the athlete and transitioning them from being a promising junior/talent athlete into a robust and high performing senior athlete with the knowledge, skills, and experience required to be successful within the GB senior squad and beyond.

Although this is our aim, we are pragmatic in our approach and appreciate that not everyone that we support will go on to achieve elite success. Support within our programme is responsible and holistic with a focus on developing the ‘whole person’. Competitive sport isn’t a zero sum game; participation at every level in our pathway presents a host of opportunities and challenges that can have a significantly positive impact and formative impression on our aspiring athlete’s lives long term.

Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is often more important that the outcome

– Arthur Ashe- American Tennis Player; US Champion 1968, Australian Champion 1970, Wimbledon Champion 1975.