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GB Dragon boat paddlers @ Solihull Canoe Club

Dragon boats
Well done to David Blackmore & Michael Dacombe who qualified for the GB Under18s Dragon Boat Racing Squad. They were selected for the GB Under18s Dragon Boat squad in the recent trials in Liverpool & will paddle for GB in the European Championships in Brandenburg, Germany in August 2018. Michael and David regularly train in a canoe at the Solihull Canoe Club on Saturday mornings and are paddlers with the Pershore Phoenix Dragon Boat team.

The lads were in of the Gold medal winning 10man boat, 200metres mixed GB team and also won a number of bronze medals. And they also hope compete in Hasler canoe races this year.

A challenging first Hasler race of the 2018 season

2018 Ben
A smaller team than usual started the first 2018 Hasler race at Leamington. This year only a few hardy paddlers started this challenging race. The Leam & Avon rivers were flowing fast and unpredictablably, the river was high and the portage was slippery and difficult. 

Well done to Ben who came 3rd in division 6 and just missed out on a promotion. Adam & Tom won division 8 K2 and Alex did well to finish her division 7 race. Well done everyone & hopefully the conditions get warmer and better.

2017 Hasler Marathon Finals on the Thames


As one of the top Midlands clubs, Solihull Canoe club was invited to the Hasler finals on the Thames on the weekend! And we did well, coming second in the Midlands in the points standing. The starts were very busy with over 50 kayaks in some of the starts and 8 of us from the club had a great day in the sun on the Thames. And thanks to the family & friends who came down to support the paddlers. And top marks went to Adam and Ellie who came second in the Div 8 K2's! It was a fitting end to another good racing season for the club.

Fighting our way through the Penk and Sow!

After being fortified by an excellent cooked breakfast, ten of the touring group fought their way through the undergrowth on the Penk and Sow. Thanks to Ian and David who had to saw through a number of branches we made it through! A fallen tree across the Sow was a particular challenge. Once again we were lucky with the weather and the trip was very enjoyable.

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