Next Thursday (May 2nd), the Canoe and Canoe Polo clubs shall be hosting their annual elections. The most democratic event of the year shall commence at 19:30 in upstairs Kelsey's. There will be the opportunity to get pizza from the wonderful Papa Johns, before formal proceedings begin at 21:30.
Formal attire is ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED. Those wearing jeans shall be evacuated from the premises.
If you are running for an executive role, don’t forget to prepare a song (or poem) and a joke, both of which must be performed on the night.
Each club has received multiple presidential nominees, so buckle-down folks and have a read of the manifestos below:
Mr Christopher Thompson
I thought I would never found a sport that I am passionate about (or good at, to some degree; why kayak when you can swim!) until I found kayaking. Upon coming to Uni and discovering such a fantastic club of like-minded enthusiasts. Over the last year helping out the freshers and seeing them progress has given me a new reason to love what I do.
I want to continue the fantastic work of this year’s exec in keeping a fresh rotation of new leaders in order to maintain our successful club trips. Additionally, over the next year I would like to focus more on coaching the old and the new with a renewed effort on improving paddle skills, bracing and edging so that everyone can shred gnar with style; instead of telling them to “Paddle like f**k”, down rapids . With the potential introduction of the CDO it will enable us to engage more with fundraising as a club, with the aim to add more events throughout the year. Finally I would like to have an additional Term 2 trip to CIWW as I believe this would be most beneficial in preparing beginners for Scotland and for peer-paddling trips.
Mr Sebastian Lamb-Camerena
Kayaking at university has introduced me not only to a new sport but also to a fantastic group of people who band together through thick and thin - I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of the club and how everyone works together to solve problems, whether it’s in the heat of the moment rescuing people, boats, and kit out of a river, or anticipating faffy rapids and changing our plan to make sure everyone stays warm and happy running everything.
I’ve made many friends through the club and been given the opportunity to develop myself personally through river trips, pool sessions and training courses. These have let me grow in confidence and develop my leadership skills, which is why I want to ensure these opportunities stay available through the next year, as these are important chances for people to develop their skills to be able to pursue kayaking beyond their university experience.
This year the paddleathon was a huge success: not only did we raise money for a great charity, it’s also contributed to the open and inclusive atmosphere which I love about the club: it allows everyone to feel comfortable with who they are, and presents an inviting environment for new members to try the sport. I want to highlight these qualities of the club at the sports fair and tasters so we can get more people involved. This includes keeping the strong focus we had early in the year with practicing specific skills with freshers, and hopefully introducing some more structured freestyle sessions later in the year.
I’ll be your friendly neighbourhood pres, keeping the good momentum the club has going and enabling personal development.
Mr Liam Fleet
For too long this club has been plagued by presidents who keep offering the same vague hopes of 'good' change. It is all too clear that these student presidents do not have the true leadership qualities that the club demands.
Instead, I hope to introduce comprehensive reform to truly take this club forward.
I will first work to remove waste in the exec with three simple steps:
Of course, I also plan to introduce measures that will directly benefit club members, these include:
Furthermore, I feel that the quality of trips can be greatly improved with simple and easy adjustments, such as:
I have always been a firm believer that stability is key component of kayaking success and that is why I will be encouraging you to vote not just for me, but for all members of the shadow cabinet on the 2nd May. A united exec is the only way to make these ideas a reality.
The shadow cabinet: strong and stable leadership in the club interest
The Right Honourable PEBBLE
Vote pebble for canoe pres. The future of the club under the presidency of any other candidate can be simply summed up by THIS VIDEO.
Mr Joe Petersen
Since joining the university canoe clubs I have met some amazing people and made some great friends; and, like with most things in life, I doubt I would have persisted in learning a completely different skillset to what I was comfortable with without having all of you great people learning (and swimming) with me.
With that in mind, as president I will aim to increase participation at pool sessions, post pool session pub trips, and most importantly socials! (At this point I would like to note that I have attended more of the above in my first two years than pebble has since the founding of these great clubs).
As president I would like to introduce one dedicated skills session a week to help people develop key skills under our newly trained coach (go Lara!) so that people can work on their polo outside of the pressures of game situations.
Please vote for me! I'd hate to lose to a (small) rock!
The Left Honourable Pebble
If you vote me President of our Great Club I would do what no others would do - Make Canoe Polo Great Again!
After 52% of the vote supporting it, we would secede from the Sports Union* and make our own Sports Hub! With blackjack! And hookers!
* Within two years**
**Assuming we can get the Sports Union to agree to a deal***
***And assuming the exec will also agree to the deal****
****But obviously if they can’t agree we can secede with no deal*****
*****Assuming the exec agree to this******
******And if all of this takes too long we can just extend the time period*******
Actually, you know what...forget our own Sports Hub...and the blackjack…
Good news! Term is starting so regular kayaking is back!
Two big changes to pool sessions:
We’re in the fancy new sports centre (hype)
AFTERNOONS ARE BACK!!! We will have a Tuesday afternoon Canoe session from 14:30-15:30 every week throughout term. This is a really nice session to just take a break from revision
If you’re interested in what else is going on, see below or get the canoe calendar https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=webmonkey%40warwickcanoe.co.uk&ctz=Europe%2FLondon.
Even better, these dates won’t all change in 3 days time!
Week 4 - Week 7
Remember there will also be peer paddling trips happening so get on that page https://www.facebook.com/groups/114042752546347/
Elsa and the Canoe and Polo execs
Are you already clamouring to get back in a boat? Need more whitewater in term 3? Good news! We have a group for peer paddling: https://www.facebook.com/groups/114042752546347/about
What is peer paddling?
These are trips outside of the club organised by anyone that just wants to go kayaking - this includes you! These trips range from day trips to weeks away in the alps. Best of all, you are still welcome to borrow club kit!
For more info, read the description (important) and watch this video of Austria last year (very important): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsH2uiE5VxM
See you on the water,
DO YOU WANT MY JOB?! Because you can have it! All it takes is for you to win the hearts, minds, and votes of your fellow paddlers at this year’s elections!
On Thursday 2nd May (Week 2 Term 3) we will be heading to Kelsey’s to conduct the important business of appointing new club members into exec roles for the next year. More on this to come, but you MUST wear formal wear or a suitable alternative will be provided. You will also need to attend if you want to be able to cast your vote on any prospective candidates. (If you are concerned that you may not be able to attend the night, please contact a member of the current exec.)
In total there will be 17 positions available across both clubs, these are as follows:
https://warwickcanoe.uk/site/execpositions/ has a good run down of what these positions involve but feel free to speak to any exec member if you have further questions.
All candidates will be expected to perform a Canoe themed song/poem and a joke on the night. If you intend to run for an exec position, please email your intention to run to the appropriate current president, although decisions to run can be changed on the night (and yes, if you are intending to run for a joint position, you should email both presidents):
Candidates running for President will also be expected to produce a short manifesto (around 200 words) detailing why you want to run and what you want to bring to the club. This should also be emailed to the current president by the end of the Easter Holidays.
Manifestos will be released early in Term 3 on the website news section https://warwickcanoe.uk/site/news
If you are considering running for exec, rest assured that it is one of the most worthwhile and fulfilling things you can do with your time. You will have a great ability to shape the direction of the club and enable the club to offer the same or better experiences to those you have had yourself. And if that’s not enough, exec gives you access to a regular supply of cake.
Lara, Hannah, and all of the joint exec
We will be Skooldayz-ing this weekend, so get your shirts and ties at the ready as we hit up the Copper Rooms once more!!
We will be prinking at Bluebell â”œâ–‘â”¼Â©â•¦Â£â”¬Ã¬â”œâ–‘â”¼Â©â•¦Â£â”¬Ã¬ (Block 1 Flat 10 - 2nd floor) from 9.30. As always polo will still be on. All our welcome even if you have no intention of going to the Copper Rooms afterwards
Tickets (might be) still available at: https://tickets.warwicksu.com/
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P.S. Next weeks Pop! theme is all things Disney.
Its time for Golf; instead of putting balls, we will be putting pints, (that sounded off). Anyway we will be meeting as always this Thursday at the Duck(on campus) from 7 before we head onto Leam.
So get your costumes ready,(doesn't have to wow). The theme is "Under the Sea", and it is themed by years:
1st year - Crustaceans
2nd year - Fish
3rd year - Sharks
4th year+ - Mermaids/Mermen
Look forward to seeing you then,
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Evening all paddlers,
As you should know by know Scotland signups are today. Get on your computers/phones/potatoes and ur mum for 528. #HypeisReal #SEND #IT
Signup --> https://warwickcanoe.uk/site/trips/trip/531
Chris & the Canoe Exec
This week is probably one of the best (in my humble opinion) socials of the year; Warwick Real Ale Festival. We will be hitting up the Copper Rooms to try the finer things in life such as good company, music (as always from our friend Dr Busker) and drinks.â”œâ–‘â”¼Â©Ã”Ã¤Ã³â”¼Ã†â”œâ–‘â”¼Â©â”¼Â¢â”¬â•‘â”œâ–‘â”¼Â©â”¼Â¢â”¬Ã‚â”œâ–‘â”¼Â©â”¬Ã¬â”¬â•—
As always there is a large selection of ale, but if that's not to your liking then the cider, fruity wines and non-alcoholic drinks will surely entertain you for the evening.
We will be meeting in the Copper Rooms for 18:00 on Thursday. Look forward to seeing you all there.
F.Chris + D
Drink List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zL4Mou1Ta1hHW22z58gxpvu4TgJJNcttDObdRfGVrpc/edit?fbclid=IwAR3gu0QtfT09qRYimRcXqybdw0B4daE5s9ZstUmhRMUftvHPa0M2QdKOY1k#gid=0
Each Scotland tour we attempt the UK boater’s pilgrimage to one of the most fabled rivers in our country. 2.5km of waterfall drops finishing with right-angle falls; the home of profile pics. It’s a proper full-on section of whitewater and one of the most fun days out on the water.
When you are shredding the gnar you have to look good doing it. That’s why every year we have some Boat-iful (get it) designed T-shirts. If that’s not enough why not try out your artistic talent with the opportunity to adorn someone with their very own Strawbridge moustache.