SUCC AGM Results for the Year 2012 – 2013

Congratulations to the new committee, and commiserations to those who didn’t get what they were going for, there were some very close votes in there!

The new committee is as follows:

President: Dennis Martin
VP: Will Innes
Secretary: Pernille Fladsrud
Treasurer: Hugh Jenkinson
Training: Sam Faithful
Kit: Tristan Edey
Safety: Tom Keogh
Web: Dean Ousby
Social: Nat Baker and Doug Clifton

Committee 2012-2013L to R (Training, VP, Social x2, Treasurer, Sec , Web Sec, Safety, Pres, Kit Sec)

Well done once again for your excellent campaigning efforts, and completing last night’s challenges in good spirits. This whole process has been thoroughly entertaining for the past few weeks.

As stated previously, the current committee will remain in power until after the handover meeting which will take place at some point TBC after Easter.

SUCC wins NSR 2012

We might have only just gone and won NSR this year. One new stripy tiger mamba to add to our boat collection. A better write up will come shortly ……. for the moment see a video of the making of the boat.

Finalists were:

Mens Novice:
Pete Ainscow (1st) and Rich Field (who was hypothermic for his run but insisted on carrying on!)
Mens Intermediate:
Sam Faithful (3rd), Thom Guy and Matt Wright
Womens Novice:
Pernille Fladsrud
Michael Green and Luke Kelland
Jack Gunter (2nd) and Andrew Waterfield
Stabby Joe (2nd)

Stand up and be counted – AGM

That time of year is fast approaching again. That’s right, the SUCC AGM is nearly upon us, and that means one thing. Nominations for new committee!
If you would like to run for any role, or are currently unsure, take a look at the responsibilities required of you here:
The AGM will be held on Wednesday March 14th. Keep this date free, as if you want a realistic chance of being elected you will need to be at this meeting!
To nominate yourself for a role, you must do the following:
a) Contact a member of the committee and ask them to sponsor you. This is primarily a formality, and committee members can sponsor multiple people for multiple roles (including different people for the same role and the same person for different roles).
b) Email Matt Wright with your name, the roles for which you will be running, and the name of your sponsoring committee member.
c) Start campaigning like crazy! It is clear from past results that a strong entertaining campaign (by whatever means deemed necessary) can have a dramatic impact on the results.
Nominations are now open, so start campaigning and may the best candidate win!

SUCC gets mentioned on BBC South Today 09/01/12

Well as most of you know Thom and Doug managed to get ill before Christmas with suspected Weil’s disease. There happens to have now been five cases on the Itchen, so the BBC did a small piece about it for South Today 09/01/12 18:30. They both got interviewed, watch out for the amazing acting as they view the wonderful river bank. Also the shameful showing off on the weir notably Fresher George’s flat water looping.

Thom and Doug are both now fit and healthy back doing what we love, kayaking. We are still paddling every week during term time, in the pool and on the river. If you would like more information please get in touch here.

Five infected by Weil’s Disease 

Soton Uni Canoe Club on BBC South Today 09/01/12

Five cases of Leptospirosis – also known as Weil’s Disease – have been reported on the River Itchen in Southampton, close to a water activity centre.

The disease is a bacterial infection that spreads when urine, often from rats, enters the human body.

Two of the five people infected were hospitalised, though medical authorities have said most cases are relatively mild.” BBC link


We would like to remind everyone going in/on the water to cover any open cuts with a waterproof dressing/plaster, try not to drink river water, try to wash your hands with soap before eating, and make sure you wash after paddling. If you do start feeling ill and decide to visit the doctor please mention you have been in the river and mention Weil’s to the GP.

“An expert in leptospirosis has estimated that the risk of contracting a leptospirosis infection by taking part in these types of activities is as low as 1 in 10 million”

If you do want a bit more information then please see the NHS Direct website here.