Open Day - Great Success!
It was a Great Success ... despite a cold wind and choppy conditions, at least the sun came out in the afternoon and it warmed up a little!
We had a good cross section of ages 10 - 56, male and female paddlers, some took to it really well and we had an excursion up the straight, whilst others stayed in plastics and Canadians around the club and Sandy Lane. The 'Chester Team' organizers were very grateful to the help of our volunteers, it was very handy to have one to one tuition in quite challenging cold conditions! We did have a couple of capsizes and one or two didn't really enjoy it, but based on the feedback forms, we delivered an enjoyable, and friendly introduction to Kayaking. Many people have expressed an interest in joining the club and I am sure that some will join up. We had a couple of very enthusiastic juniors who never stopped smiling and commented 'it was far better than playing on his xbox, and he wanted to paddle on the river every Saturday!' .... that comment to me, made it worth running the course and 'bimbling' about on the river most of the day, and Im sure the coaches would agree too!
On behalf of the Canoe Club, I must say a 'Huge Thanks' to the brilliant support from our paddlers that made it happen, Ian Crozier 'Team leader' supported by Jean and Carol. Superb coaching from John Hatton and Graham Wells, both very knowledgeable and very worthy coaches! Excellent support on the water from Bob Scholey, Ray Stamp, Helen Marriott, Colin Cartwright, plus Jean and Ian.
It was also great to see our youngsters giving back so much, to the sport they love by motivating and encouraging the new paddlers .. big thanks David Hatton, Jake O'connor, James Roberts, Rona Fishburn, Jessica Proctor-Crozier, Eleanor Colston, and James Plant! A special mention must go to Jess who managed to capsize a C1, giving us all a smile as she managed to rescue a pair of training shoes too!
Also Big Thanks to the wonderful lunch organized by Stella Crozier. Homemade Chili, soup, jacket potatoes and wonderful filo cheese pastries, guacamole and soured cream, all supplied by Stella, Carol and Jean. Thanks also to Carmel Corr for keeping us supplied with hot drinks and flapjacks in the afternoon! It was certainly worth turning up just for the food!
Must also thank safety boat captain Mark Ian Roberts for being out on the river too. Plus John Hatton for bringing some Free 'British Canoeing' goodies for us all too! An excellent Team effort and some lovely feedback from the paddlers ... lets hope we've made a difference and we get some new recruits!
We hope to get some New Recruits from the day ... but they will need coaching, if anyone is interested in helping out hear, or knows of a coach who may be interested please let us know. We are thinking this could be a paid coaching role, for blocks of 6 week courses.
Message Ian Crozier, Jean Ashley or Carol Hatton if you are interested ... Thanks.
Once Again many thanks to all .... and as we've said before 'Together is Better'