With the start of the new school year well under way thoughts turned to the DCC special school canoe club again. This evenings session was well attended with a few new members joining, though I may add they were not new to paddling as they had attended sessions at the dock with their schools through term time. A great time was had by all and they couldn't have asked for better weather.
On Sunday 28th August up at the Sands Centre Carlisle several DCC members, including two sets of father and sons, competed in the slalom racing. A fantastic day was had by all as DCC came away with 5 first places, a second and a third.
Saturday 27th August was a chance for DCC, along with the rest of the country, to give others the opportunity to have a go at competition sporting events. This was run in conjunction with the National Lottery and ITV. For DCC this meant having an open day so members, family and visitors could try out different types of competition event boats.
The day was a great success as over 40 visitors attended along with 30+ members, helpers and coaches. Visitors travelled from as far as Morecambe to attend the event having heard it advertised on the radio. Several spent the day hopping in and out of different types of craft with some having their dinner on the side of the dock before getting back on the water. There were people of all ages at the docks that day. Many said they were impressed with all that DCC had to offer and commented on how clean the docks were.
Several visitors surprised themselves with what they achieved that day. Some needed a bit of reassurance but a quick chat with one of the many coaches settled their nerves and once underway there was no stopping them. All said what a great time they’d had.
There was a display at the signing in area where folks could see the trophy’s that had been won as well as viewing pictures of all that DCC have achieved over the years and not just the competition side. Rhiann, Brandon and Harvey were on hand to talk about Team GB and Chris Roberts displayed his sea kayak and amazed people with how much kit you can actually carry in one. Two ergos were set up infront of the club so those that didnt want to go on the water could still find out what it was like to paddle. Junior members of the club demonstrated what could be achieved in a race K2 and K4. This event along with other moments of the day were well documented by the Northwest evening mail and a few members of the club who took photos. Look out for Jamie’s pictures as he took a few after he capsized. To see the full album visit the gallery. It was an amazing day which saw several families and individuals take out membership to join the club as they enjoyed it that much. Can’t get better than that.
After competing at the final race of the season at Trentham, DCC were awarded the trophy for being the North West Regional Marathon Club of the Year 2016 for the second year running. This means that DCC, along with Trentham CC and Macclesfield CC who came joint second, will be racing along side other regional winners and runners up at the National Hasler Finals at Worcester in September. Congratulations to all at DCC who made this possible.
The occasional spot of rain didn’t stop anyone from having a great time down at Ulverston Canal Open Day. The event was organised by The Ulverston Canal Regeneration Group. There was a steady stream of visitors to the canal throughout the day where they could stroll amongst a variety of stalls set up around the basin. I thought it was one of the most scenic places to hold an open day and I'm sure many would agree with me. There was the odd pirate to be seen as Jack Sparrow made an appearance with his craft Whimbrel.
DCC’s stall was set up on the bank of the canal close to the launch point. Folks of all ages queued up on the foot path waiting for their chance to paddle on the canal as its not every day anyone gets the opportunity to do so. Even the Mayor of Ulverston took his turn in waiting to have a go. He was determined the rain was going to spoil his fun as he’d brought a brolly to cover his chain of office. A great time was had by all and through donations made by those having a paddle, DCC collected just over £50 for the Ulverston Canal Regeneration Group. The day was a great success and it was a welcome sight watching craft paddle up and down the canal once again. Congratulations to UCRG for another brilliant event.
June 4th was DCC’s Open day at the Docks. It was a fine warm morning and so began the transformation of the dock site ready for the fun to start. Areas were allocated so that everyone could be greeted, sign in and then get kitted out at the water’s edge with out to much hassle in a safe environment.
Thoughts soon turned to putting together the dreaded Gazebo’s only this year Cari had purchased a couple of extra large ones and so it was with some intrepidation that everyone approached them. To their surprise it turned out not to be as difficult as first thought and soon they were in full use as one was used for the games area and the other as the place to sign in as well as a show and tell area. Rhianns GB kit and kayak were on show and Brandon, Harvey and Rhiann made themselves available to answer any questions about GB selections and the trip to Nantahala USA.
At this point it might be worth mentioning that it’s a good idea to weight the legs down of any large gazebo as half way through the day the whole thing decided it didnt want to be a gazebo anymore and launched itself into the air to become a paraguilder. This event was definitely not planned for the day. Not a good thing to happen when your sitting underneath it. Luckily It was caught before it could get very far and firmly pinned back down again.
There was a steady stream of people down to the docks that day. Many were families or individuals who were willing to try something new. A few DCC members brought their parents down to see what goes on of an evening down at the docks and they to ended up on the water. Some folk came to the docks just for a look around as it’s not normally an area many get to see. They were surprised by what they found and stayed for a while making use of the facilities and having a cake and cuppa while chatting with other visitors. Many were impressed by what the club had achieved.
Face painting was on offer as well as an assortment of games such as Hook a Duck, Shoot a ball while on the water, Bran Tub etc. There was abundance of cakes and biscuits. One lot of cup cakes came complete with little chocolate paddles though with it being warm some ended up looking like Johns presentation paddle but no one minded as they tasted great. Everyone was spoilt for choice.
In the afternoon there was raft building where the adults had as much fun as the youngsters trying to sail across to the other side of the dock and back before it fell apart. This was soon followed by the obligatory jumping in off the dock side.
Again this was another successful day for the club and a great day out for all of those that attended.
The next open day will be on August 24th where everyone will be able to try out championship event boats. This is the “I am team GB” campaign which is being run nationally in conjunction with ITV and the National Lottery. There won’t be any face painting etc but if you feel the need to come along with your face already painted we won’t stop you. See you then.
The DCC Special School canoe club has been going from strength to strength. It continues to be well supported with all who attend having a great time. A couple of the young paddlers Shaun and Molly are now at the stage where they have decided they would like to compete and so on the 4th June along with the rest of the DCC team members they ventured out on to the river at Greenodd. With support from Mrs Mitton and Carol they each paddled in K2’s down the Crake in the South Lakes Summer Series second race. They both enjoyed themselves so much they can’t wait to compete again in July. Their confidence has grown on and off the water and are becoming very competent paddlers. The other members from the SSCC have made amazing personal achievements with canoeing and kayaking. Just looking at the big smile on their faces makes it all worthwhile.
Week 2 got off to a great start. The weather was lovely and the water was fairly calm so everyone agreed that a game of catch ball would be fun. After a short paddle getting them selves used the craft again it was time to get started. As there was enough paddlers they split into two teams and used the polo court so everyone was contained and didn't wonder off. At times there was a lot of splashing ( some accidental and some not) and giggling to had by all. As usual the session was followed by hot chocolate.
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