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Children’s First Act 2018

Dear Club/Committee Chair,

The Children First Act, which was signed into law in December 2015, has a number of implications for Canoeing Ireland Clubs and Committees. The most significant of these is the requirement for organisations to conduct a risk assessment and generate a Child Safeguarding Statement.

Details of how to proceed in this matter are attached along with templates to assist you with compliance. Please note that the date of compliance is March 11th 2018. Don’t forget to confirm compliance on the google form.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email

Generic Risk Assessment template

Child Safeguarding Statement

Letter to Clubs re Children First 2015 compliance

Volunteer Call for Para Swimming event

Calling all volunteers! This August Dublin will play host to the Para Swimming Allianz European Championships as the best Para Swimmers from right across the continent come to Ireland to compete for gold.

This promises to be an extraordinary event and one that you, your friends, family or colleagues should consider getting involved with.

Over 600 volunteers are needed to make this brilliant event come to life so, no matter what your level of experience or expertise we will find a role for you!

To volunteer to be part of this incredible event email us at or click HERE to register.

Special Olympics Ireland – 2018 Ireland Games

We have 25 paddlers who will compete in 2 events 200m and 500m and the chosen venue is Salmon Leap.

We have struggled to find a competition manager within our own ranks who isn’t already involved with one of our delegations and we are now wondering if this is an opportunity that one of your members may be interested in getting involved with.

Our plan is to have a full venue team in situ i.e. venue manager, operations, safety, volunteers etc. and the gap for us is someone to manage just the competition and to guide us through what is needed on the water in terms of additional support, pontoon for starting points etc.

The ideal candidate should have a good knowledge in the sport as it relates to competition. We would then work with this person to ensure that the Special Olympics specifics can be learned and supported between now and June. The event will be run over 2 days Friday 15th and Saturday 16th. The Opening Ceremony is on the evening of June 14th and this day is dedicated in each venue to set-up for the operations teams, signage and banners etc.

At this stage we have venue drawings and rough operating plans in place so we know how we expect the venue to operate but we really need the sport specific person on board now to help and guide us to offering our athletes a really positive competition experience.

Many thanks


Elaine Twomey
Sport Development Manager

Special Olympics Ireland

The National Sports Campus

Snugborough Road

Dublin 15

t: +353 1 869 1610
f: +353 1 868 8250

Special Olympics Ireland…changing lives. To find out more about how Special Olympics Ireland changes lives visit

East Coast Sea Kayakers present Freya Hoffmeister

In case you hadn’t heard of her, Freya Hoffmeister will be in Ireland on a whistle stop tour.

Please circulate to the kayaking clubs in the greater Dublin region and lets generate some interest within the kayaking fraternity.

A direct link to the bookings is shown below

Buy tickets for Freya Hoffmeister – THINK BIGGER ! at Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Rotunda, Dublin 1., Mon 19 February 2018



Buy tickets for Freya Hoffmeister – THINK BIGGER ! at Teachers Club, 36 …

Buy tickets for Freya Hoffmeister – THINK BIGGER ! at Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Rotunda, Dublin 1., Mon …

Canoe Sprint AGM


Canoe Sprint Ireland AGM

As already posted  on the Canoe sprint Facebook, the Committee of Canoe Sprint Ireland, will hold their Annual General Meeting on Saturday February 3rd, 2018 at 7.30 PM. The Location will be Springfield Hotel Leixlip.

Any Motions/Proposals to be considered must be emailed to by 7.00pm January 26th, 2018.

Agenda and additional information to follow.

Tragic loss of life in Ecuador

Canoeing Ireland are deeply saddened by the deaths of the two Irish paddlers, Alex McGourty and David Higgins, while in Ecuador. Their family and friends have our deepest sympathies and our sincere condolences. Their loss will be felt by the whole community. We extend our condolences to all four of the other paddlers from the expedition. US national, Jeremy Bisson, was found on Saturday while Ecuadorian kayaker, Joaquin Meneses, was rescued two days later on Monday. They are still actively searching for Adam Vaughen.

Tribute to Alex McGourty and David Higgins – The Irish Times

David Higgins Tribute – Independent

David Higgins Tribute – Morning Live

Alex McGourty Tribute – The Times

Alex McGourty Tribute – Irish News