Kayaking at the National School Games 2018

The School Games is a multi-sport event for the UK’s emerging young athletes of school age.


The event will take place at Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU from the 30th August 2018 until the 1st September 2018.

The event seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that not only provides our emerging talented young sports people with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels, but encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport. British Canoeing alongside British Rowing is proud to develop and organise the finals for the 2018 Rowing/Canoeing School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England. Due to the nature of the operational demands of the National School Games Final this will be an Indoor kayaking based event, using Kayakpro Ergometer over an Individual race distance of 200m, together with a team relay based event over a total distance of 2000m.

CANI will select a team for Northern Ireland; the team will be made up of no more than 12 athletes aged 14-16.

Our aim is for the National School Games Finals to increase the number of young people entering the talent pathway in their chosen discipline of Canoeing.

Selected Athletes must be available from Thursday the 30th of August 2018 – 1st September 2018 to travel and compete at the National School Games Finals.

We are also seeking a Team Manager who must also be available for these dates, as well as an orientation day on 16th July. If you are interested, please contact Kieran Dews via the email below.


To be eligible for the School Games National Finals you must both be in aged 14-16 (years 10-12) during the 2017/18 academic year and not be a named athlete on the either British Canoeing/CANI Talent or Performance programmes at the beginning of the 2017/2018 academic year.


Athletes will be selected by their Individual 200 metre performance at a selection event held at the Belfast Boat Club from 9:30-11:30am on Sunday 10th June 2018. The top athletes from each category (age and gender) will be selected to compete for Northern Ireland at the National School Games. A maximum of 4 athletes per race category will be selected.

Notification of Selection 

We expect to inform selected athletes via email within 7 days of the selection event.


To secure your spot at our team selection event or request further details, please contact Kieran Dews

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