canoeslalomCanoe slalom is one of the most spectacular watersports, demanding skill, stamina and courage. The aim is to run a rapid river course, marked by "gates" quickly, and without touching.

A "gate" is two poles, suspended over the water. Green and white gates are negotiated in a downstream direction, red and white gates upstream. The gates are placed so that you must make tricky cross-current moves and use the eddies and waves.

This is a sport in which Britain excels. Richard Fox was 5 times World Champion; Lynn Simpson was Ladies World Champion; and Paul Ratcliffe has held the World Cup and took the silver medal at the Sydney Olympic Games. Campbell Walsh won the K1M silver medal and Helen Reeves the K1W bronze at Athens in 2004, and David Florence won the C1 silver medal in Beijing in 2008. At London 2012 Great Britain won both silver and Gold in the C2 and at Rio in 2016 Joseph Clarke won Gold in the Men's K1 and David Florence and Richard Hounslow won silver in the C2.

Club members compete at slalom competitions around the country. Terry Griffiths has been very successful  this year winning the Veterans Trophy for the 10th time. The club also regained the Slalom Trophy at the annual Interclubs Championship at Cardington this year.

Paddlers start in Division 4 and then progress up the division's 3,2,1 to the top division which is Prem. There are several local events at Division 2,3 and 4 which club members compete at, with some of the more keen paddlers travelling to Yorkshire, Wales and Scotland to compete. Slalom is a very friendly sport and you soon get to make lots of friends both on and off the water. There is no age limit, our youngest competitor is 4 and does C2 with his dad and there are veterans who paddle competitively in their 70's.


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North Herts Leisure Centre
Baldock Road,
Herts, SG6 2ER

We meet every Sunday evening from 8.15pm until 9.15pm at the pool and then afterwards at the Orange Tree pub in Baldock.