WINNING, EPIC WINNING

Southampton University Canoe Club win biggest freestyle kayaking competition in the world.

Over March 2-4, the National Student Rodeo was held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham and  Southampton University Canoe Club (SUCC) were out in force, ending the competition with a record 10 finalists and 4 podium finishes. This success, along with the performance of each and every competitor that paddled throughout the weekend saw the prize coming home to Southampton for the first time in the event’s nine-year history.

The National Student Rodeo claims to be the largest freestyle kayaking competition in world with over 1000 students from over 40 universities in attendance. In 2011 SUCC were the winners of the ‘Spirit of NSR’ award, the event’s event’s most lucrative prize which bagged the club sponsorship with the UK’s biggest manufacturer of kayaks, Pyranha, and a fleet of six new boats for a year.

Last year’s taste of  success has evidently spurred the club on to bigger wins in 2012, winning the overall points competition to claim the much sought after prize: a brand new, unique, tiger striped! kayak.

The event is run by Leeds University Canoe Club and River Legacy, who provide entertainment and food on Friday and Saturday nights. This year Southampton took 54 competitors, the biggest contingent of any university canoe club for the second successive year.

Finalists included Pete Ainscow (1st place Men’s Novice), Sam Faithfull (3rd place, Men’s Intermediate), Tom Keogh (2nd place Squirt boat), Jack Gunter (C1), Pernille Fladsrud (Women’s Novice), Rich Field (Men’s novice), Matt Wright (Men’s Intermediate), Thom Guy (Men’s Intermediate), Andrew Waterfield (C1), Michael Green and Luke Kelland (Duo).

 

Words: Thom Guy
Photos: Andrew Sylvester

Article published on wessexscene.co.uk

Scotland 2012 – So Far

We’re having a blast in Scotland so far. Despite levels being low for the first couple of days we’ve managed to get some decent paddling in. After a day paddling the Orchy on Saturday we ran the Spleen George and the Roy Gorge yesterday with plenty of carnage and a fair share of faff, true to SUCC tradition. Today we’ve had a little Etive session in the rain. In fact, so much rain that by the time we walked up to the Allt A’Chaorainn it was absolutely stonking. A few of the guys ran it: check out all of the pictures below.

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
Duo:
Michael Green and Luke Kelland
C1:
Jack Gunter (2nd) and Andrew Waterfield
Squirt:
Stabby Joe (2nd)