Late in the evening of Dec 9th 2013, in Lisnaskea, three not so young but competitive minded paddlers found themselves pining for the chance to race. A short while later Paddle 4 Sport was born. By the end of January 2014 members of Just kayak, C.C.K.A, Share, Foyle Paddlers and M.U.C.K had sorted out a league mission, a years’ worth of events, rules and a scoring system.
2014 was a great foundation year and the future plan is simply to get more paddlers out. 2015 had a full calendar of events and a wider range of disciplines. 2016 has another full calendar with a wide range of events, please see 2016 calendar below.
The mission of the League is to generate healthy local competition to encourage paddlers of all abilities to take part in races either on a recreational or a competitive basis. Events are initiated by clubs and managed by clubs. Results of each official event are collected to generate a League table including a club competition and individual competition.
The league is open to all paddlers regardless of ability. The aim is to get out and paddle – as fast as you can for fun, fitness and the pleasure of competing.
Each event has a competition fee of around £5 adult and £3 for a junior. Paddlers who are not CANI members or members of CANI affiliated clubs must pay an ’on the day’ insurance fee.
Each event varies depending on the host Club but the age categories are fix with Junior classes at U10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 and senior classes of Open (18 – 45), Masters (46 – 65) and veterans (65 and over). Boat classes also vary depending on the host clubs decision but include Open Canadians (solo, tandem), K1 and K2, White water racers, Sea Kayak (solo and tandem), General purpose kayak and Rafts.
For more, visit the Paddle 4 Sport league Facebook page
The club league point’s system is being revised. However, the essential basis is that individual points are combined and averaged to get a club score for each event. These are then added together to provide a club score for the year.
|6th||83 etc||81 etc|
|February 5th||Date Confirmed||Shaws Bridge Slalom||Newry and Mourne Sea Kayak and Canoe Club|
|April 9th||Date Confirmed||Lough Beg Flat Water Race||Mid Ulster Canoe Club|
|May 14th||Date Confirmed||Portrush East Bay Sea Race||Causeway Coast Kayak Association|
|June 11th||Date Confirmed||Foyle Marathon Flat Water Race||Foyle Paddlers|
|July and August||No Events|
|September 17th||Date Confirmed||Newry canal Flat Water Race||Newry and Mourne Sea Kayak and Canoe Club|
|October 29th||Date Confirmed||Lower Bann Flat Water Race||Causeway Coast Kayak Association|
|November 19th||Date Confirmed||Ballyconnel Slalom||Share|
|December 3rd||Date to be confirmed||Mourne Whitewater Race||Foyle Paddlers|
Scores and Club Rankings for 2016
|February 4th||Shaws Bridge Slalom||N&M|
|April 8th||Lough Beg FW||MUCK|
|April 29th||Portrush East Bay Sea Race||CCKA|
|May 26th||Bangor Bay Sea Race||BKC|
|June10th||Foyle FW||Foyle Paddlers|
|September 16th||Newry Canal FW||N&M|
|October 28th||Lower Roe FW||CCKA|
|November 18th||Ballyconnel Slalom||SHARE|
|December 2nd||Mourne WW||Foyle Paddlers|
|Share – Lough Erne Rally||14th-15th April|
|Share – Greeenland Games||21st– 23rd September|