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PostSubject: IRISH CANOE SLALOM DEVELOPMENT OPEN DAY -2nd April 2011   Sat 12 Mar 2011, 11:43 am

The Irish National Canoe Slalom committee would like to invite paddlers to an OPEN CANOE SLALOM Development Day on the 2nd of April 2011 at the Wild Water Canoe Club (WWKC), Strawberry Beds, Co Dublin , 10am to 17.00.

If you are aged between 12 years and 23 years and meet some of the following criteria :
- previous experience in slalom discipline
- confident river paddler/ ability to paddle on moving water
- (Level 2 or higher proficiency level)
- ability to run weirs on the River Liffey , Boyne or similar
- played canoe polo (advantage due to similarity of strokes used in the discipline)

Come along to the OPEN CANOE SLALOM DAY .

We will have 2 Slalom coaches on site for the Open/Development day including an International Slalom Coach.
This is the first of a few Development Days that will be organised this year by the Committee. The plan is to form a National Development Squad who will get the opportunity to train together on a monthly basis and, with the assistance of the ICU, look at taking part in domestic and overseas competition

Numbers will be limited for this OPEN CANOE SLALOM Development Day. If you wish to participate you should email your details below to Colm Ryan , Development Officer, National Canoe Slalom Committee at by latest 23rd March 2011

NOTE : The cost for participation in this Development Day will be 5. The fee can be paid on the day. Thank you

What is Canoe Slalom:
Canoe Slalom is one of 2 Olympic disciplines.. In the last Olympics 2008 , Eoin Rheinisch finished in 4th place.
Competitors race alone against the clock through rapids on a course marked out by poles (called slalom gates). The challenge is to pass through approximately twenty gates suspended above the water, avoiding a touch with any part of the boat, paddle, or body. The competitor must pass through the gates in the correct order and direction. Green and white striped poles must be passed in a downstream direction and red poles in an upstream direction.

The aim is to be Fast and Clean, that is, negotiate the course as quickly as possible without incurring any penalty points, Penalty seconds are added on to the overall time to produce a total score. Each competitor has two timed runs and the best time is counted towards the paddlers placing.


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PostSubject: Re: IRISH CANOE SLALOM DEVELOPMENT OPEN DAY -2nd April 2011   Mon 14 Mar 2011, 7:27 pm

I would strongly recommend anyone who has not had a go at Slalom before try this.

Slalom is excellent at helping with boat control and river running skills, For anyone those of you looking to do a level 4 Slalom will teach you all the boat control aspects covered on the Level 4.

Its also good for anyone wanting to get the Level 3 as it will teach you to do the basic strokes including; Bow Rudder, forwards paddling, Hanging drawer perfectly as all these are used in this spot and its far better to practice by doing some competition as it give you something to aim for.


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