Junior Kayak School & River Trips Sept 2014

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 Adult Kayak School & River Trips Sept 2014

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General News

Congratulations to Robert Hendrick and his Silver medal
A massive congratulations to Robert Hendrick for winning Silver while representing Ireland at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. 
His hard earned silver medal was won while racing in the C1 Obstacle Slalom men category. Canoeing Ireland couldn't be prouder of this well deserved, hard won achievement.

Salmon Leap Canoe Club Ranking Race

Salmon Leap Canoe Club

Ranking Race

Sunday August 31st

Location: Lough Rinn, Mohill, Co. Leitrim    

For More Information see below:

Coach Wanted by Salmon Leap Canoe Club

Salmon Leap Canoe Club are currently looking for a Part Time Racing / Development Coach to work with our Level B & C Juniors. This position will be assigned on a contract basis, hours are flexible. Level 2 Coach cert or equivalent required. Apply to the Chairperson, SLCC, Barnhall, Celbridge Road, Leixlip, Co. Kildare or email  salmonleapracing@gmail.com

Nice article from Nanjing

Robert Kendrick (left), with coach Eoin Rheinisch

NANJING, Aug 24 – Canoeist Robert HENDRICK was not about to let a little separation anxiety intrude on his Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games dream.

When the 16-year-old Irishman awoke on his first morning in Nanjing after a 14-hour flight from Dublin he realised it was the first time he had been apart from his identical twin Noel for longer than a day.

“Noel competes in K1 [single kayak] and we double up in C2 [double canoe], but he didn’t qualify for these Games,” HENDRICK said.

“He trains as much as me, goes to most of the same competitions as me, but he’s not on the water with me here, which makes it a bit different.

“But he’s here now. He’s travelled out with mum and dad [Lourde and Pat] to support me, which I’m really happy about,” Ireland’s Opening Ceremony flag bearer said.

The sight of the National Olympic Committee code IRL is a rare one in a canoe discipline usually ‘owned’ by powerhouse European nations such as Hungary, Germany, Russia and Poland.

And HENDRICK knows he will have his work cut out as he competes in both the sprint and slalom events.

“Canoe is not a very big sport in Ireland. There are so few of us competing and it’s hard for us to keep being competitive when there’s next to no one to race against,” he said.

“It’s difficult and we make do well enough, but there are very few C1s [single canoes], so you’re really racing against yourself a lot.

“I compete internationally as much as I can and I’ve raced at world juniors and other big races. This is another competition I just have to make the most of.”

HENDRICK, Ireland’s sole canoeist in Nanjing, has his well-qualified coach with him to make sure he is no minnow among sharks this week at Nanjing Rowing-Canoeing School.

Eoin RHEINISCH (IRL) competed in slalom at the Olympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012. 

His performance in coming fourth in the K1 final at the Beijing 2008 Games remains the best by an Irishman in the event.

He is a fan of the experience athletes gain from Youth Olympic Games participation.

“My first Olympics was at Athens in 2004 and I went in there ranked number six and I had a really good season leading in to it, but I definitely suffered from not being fully prepared for the Olympic experience,” RHEINISCH said.

“It’s a difficult thing to prepare for because no one can really tell you what the experience will be like.

“I think that’s what gives so much value to the athletes coming here. The village, the media and the frustrations that they are going to come up against when rules don’t make sense necessarily; learning the way it is.

“Robert wants to go on to Tokyo [2020 Olympic Games], so the exposure here has already been very, very valuable,” he said.

The luck of the Irish deserted HENDRICK on Saturday when he failed to advance to Sunday’s C1 semi-finals, but Monday’s Obstacle Slalom qualifications await.

“That’s the one he really wants to do well in, a bit of the rougher stuff is definitely his preference,” RHEINISCH said.

Coaching Ireland Adventure Sport Tutor Training Dates

Coaching Ireland Adventure Sport Tutor Training Dates have been released.  This course is open to active senior instructors who wish to further their involvement in the delivery of the Instructor Training Programme.

Adventure Sport Tutor Course Dates  
Monday 13th – Thursday 16th October (venue – University of Limerick) &

Monday 3rd – Thursday 6th November (venue – Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Co Down)

The course costs €800 however NGB support is provided to all successful applicants.  Places are limited and candidates will be chosen based on qualifications, experience and level of activity.

Instructors who wish to be nominated for Adventure Sport Tutor training must fulfil the following criteria:

1.      Have an instructor qualification at intermediate level - Minimum Level 3 Instructor 

2.      Be an active Instructor for a minimum of 6 years

3.      Have completed Instructor Training Panel registration criteria, see here

4.      Complete the Tutor Nomination form

5.      Be nominated by Canoeing Ireland 

Applications can be made by filling out the Tutor nomination form, click here, and returning to committee@tdu.ie. Applications close on the 12th September 2014


11th National Coaching Forum - 26th/27th September 2014
11th National Coaching Forum - 26th/27th September 2014

See article for details and links!

Paddlefest 2014 - 20th/21st September
Countdown to Junior Paddlefest begins
Junior Paddlefest 2014 takes place on the 20th and 21st September in Hidden Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Rathdrum, Wicklow.
Please check out the latest Magazine from the hardworking lads at Paddlefest. If you haven't signed up your juniors, do so before it is too late!

Junior Liffey Descent 2014
Junior Liffey Descent 2014

Saturday 6th September 2014 starting at 12 pm at Salmon Leap Canoe Club, Leixlip Lake and finishing
at the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre, Strawberry Beds, Chapelizod

Please click here for further information.

Notes: Please ensure you read these notes prior to completing the entry form
• Use BLOCK CAPITALS when completing the entry form
Completing the entry form
• Ensure all questions are answered
• Use your own home address, telephone number and email address
• Entry forms must be signed by both a parent and a club / school official. Unsigned entry forms will not be accepted
• No confirmation is returned to an entrant when an entry form is received. If you wish to confirm that your entry has been received, contact Canoeing Ireland on 01 6251105 or office@canoe.ie

Pre entry – Pre entry is required
• All participants must collect their race number and bib at the Salmon Leap Canoe Club clubhouse on Saturday, 6th September from 10:45 to 11:30 AM
Your race number and bib
• No participants will be allowed to enter the event without a race bib and number

Non return of race bibs at the finish will incur a €20 penalty
Junior Liffey Descent t-shirts – Junior Liffey Descent t-shirts will be given out at the finish on return of your bib to a race official
• Changes to entries and late entries will be accepted up to 5pm on Wednesday, 3rd September. Late entry fee applies
• No amendments or late entries will be accepted after Wednesday, 3rd September.

See main page for more details: Junior Liffey Descent 2014

Canoe Sprint Ireland and CANI All Ireland Sprint Championships 2014

Date:    Saturday 30th August 2014.

Venue:  Lough Rinn Canoeing/Rowing Regatta Centre, Mohill, Co.Leitrim

(Salmon Leap Canoe Club will run ranking race on Sunday 31st August at the venue)

Events: K1/C1 1000m&200m    K2/C2 200m&500m   K4 1000m     


Full Race Notice can be found here

Sluice Works Update

Works are still underway at the Sluice and are now nearing completion.  Following a successful couple of weeks of in river works at the end of July several elements of the Sluice river works are now complete. 

The walls at Sluice have been repointed and re-instated using original stone from the walls and the original lime based mortar techniques used nearly 300 years ago!  This will help ensure the permanency of the facility for generations to come and meets our planning permission requirements.

The upright poles which will support the future slalom gate system have also been installed with casings drilled up to 5 metres into the ground and 150mm diameter steel poles inserts which will support a training and competition set of gates.  One set which will hang over the new Sluice course with the other set hanging over the flat return channel for warm up and novice training.  Slalom gates to be installed in October.

The central rock armour extension and groin placement has been completed creating a 150 metre long slalom course which will be useable and attractive to Slalom, WWR, White Water and recreational paddlers at water levels from minimum statutory flow of 1.5 metres cubed per second all the way up to Liffey Descent flood levels close to 40 cumecs.  This great range of accessible flows is achieved through a deepening of the river bed and the careful design and placement of the groins and central rock armour.  This is a great achievement as it makes the site attractive for novice/junior events and training during the dry summer months when the Liffey is often at statutory low flow while maintaining a quality course at medium and high flows for more expert paddlers and competitions during the spring, autumn and winter, or summer releases.

Unfortunately sometimes in the early days of natural river bed projects a movement in placed rock can occur. If a key stone rock settles into the river bed a rock lying on top of it can become destabilised and fall into the flow, changing the hydraulics of the course. Regrettably in the first floods following the works a rock moved on the last river left groin and partially blocked the last constriction.  This has for effect to increase water levels the whole way up the course and flatten all of the features throughout the course including the Sluice freestyle feature.  It has not been possible to have this damage to the course rectified yet however the project team is currently in correspondence with the contractor to have the damage repaired as soon as possible and have the last groin consolidated so that it doesn’t happen again.  It is important for the damage to be rectified for the following reasons:


1.    Safety: The placed rock is carefully placed and positioned to minimise gaps and holes. Gaps may have occurred in the disturbed and now partially submerged groin which increases pin potential in the case of a swim.  We request that anyone using the sluice prior to the completion of the repairs be particularly careful in this part of the course.

2.    Erosion: The damage has resulted in the energy of the course being dissipated at the end of the course rather than throughout the course within the rock armour.  This is sending a strong flow to the river right bank of the Liffey downstream of the course which over time may undermine the bank.

3.    Freestyle: The damage has negated all the efforts to reduce water levels and retention in the freestyle hole at sluice, one of the primary focuses of the project.  The repair of this damage will return the freestyle feature to its pre-works performance levels.

4.      Slalom: The flow, waves and eddies in the course are less defined due to the increased water level within the course and displacement of the energy dissipation to below the course.