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Pioneers & Passion...

Date 10th March 2018

Venue The Buckles Inn, York

Yorkshire & the North - Past, Present & Future

What comes after yesterday's pioneers and today's passionate enthusiasts? Hopefully a new generation - truly inspired and ready to shape a new era!

– Greg Spencer - Chair - Yorkshire & Humberside RDT

Join us for an afternoon and evening celebrating what's great about canoe & kayak... and looking to great times ahead - all welcome!

Our #1 aim is to have a great day and to leave with great memories!

Featuring Darren Clarkson-King & Friends

What's it all about?

Arrive 1pm for a 1.15pm start - enjoy presentations by Pioneers in everything from sea kayaking to river running - find out what's happening across the north - get the latest on our new Linton WW course - take your pick!

**** At 5pm we have a BUFFET - All Welcome! **** 

“A Lifetime amid Pioneers”... 

From 6.30pm, Darren Clarkson-King and friends will be centre stage with stories from a lifetime in and around boating - from roots in Yorkshire to encounters with little know pioneers of WW kayaking!

Darren's presentations are inspiring, fun and fabulously photographed. His deep love of Nepal and its people shines through. His life in Nepal is about responsibility and development as much as it is about paddling massive rivers.

– Bradford & Bingley Canoe Club

The Programme...

We'd love to just "go with the flow" at our event, but we're ranging from playboating and surf to sea kayaking and expeditions - so there's a lot to pack in! 

Draft Programme - Click to Expand


Arrival / Registration


Introductions – vision for the day – visions for beyond the day


Chris Hare & Friends – AKA “How we got here”!


Open Water & Coastal

  • Northern Pioneers in Sea Kayaking, Surf, etc.

  • Today’s (changing) Scene – incl. NE (Surf), Cumbria (Sea Kayak)

  • Current Initiatives, Possibilities, Priorities


Rivers, Creeks & Headwaters

  • More Northern Pioneers –Touring & WW, Kayak & Canoe

  • Today’s (changing) Scene – New Opportunities & Challenges?

  • Current Initiatives, Possibilities, Priorities




Competition, Facilities & Access

  • Northern Powerhouse – Past, Present, Future

    • Slalom – Strong Traditions – Challenges

    • Opportunities – including in newer / emerging disciplines

  • Facilities – Across the North

    • Washburn – Future Developments?

    • Linton – The Vision – What Next?

    • Burrs Redevelopment (NW)

  • Access - Working with Cumbrian Canoeists


Learning, Supporting Personal Development, Serving Others, Etc

  • Challenging The Industry – the “Broadening Horizons” agenda

  • Scouting – Aldwark and Beyond

  • The Rest – What have we missed?


Looking Ahead

  • Plans from the NE, NW & Cumbria

  • Next Steps


Buffet – Evening Registrations


Welcome – Update on the Afternoon


Friends of the Washburn – Launch


Daz Clarkson-King & Friends – “A Lifetime amid Pioneers”



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