1st week

Hello!

It was great to see so many of you out on the water on Sunday, and a big thank you to all the existing members for coming and helping out. Here are this week’s notices:

  1. Membership
  2. Thursday Drinks (Keble 8.30pm)
  3. Sunday sessions (1pm and 3pm at “The Shed”)
  4. Marathon and canoe polo lists
  5. Facebook group
  6. Freshers’ Trip (end of 3rd week)
  7. Women’s Canoe Polo

 

  1. Membership

Membership for this academic year is now due. The cost of membership is £35 for the year, or £18 for one term. Please fill in a membership form (available here: http://ouckc.co.uk/wordpress/other-stuff/) and pidge it along with a cheque to Matthew Coulson (Queens’). Please note that you must be a fully paid up member (and have done a spraydeck test) in order to come on ANY club trip (this includes people who are going away this weekend).

Please note that if you haven’t come along to a session yet, you are free to come and give kayaking a go before you commit to membership.

 

  1. Thursday Drinks (Keble 8.30pm)

Come along to get to know everyone a bit better and ask lots of questions. It also provides a perfect opportunity to pay membership if you’d prefer to do it by cash rather than cheque.

 

  1. Sunday sessions (1pm and 3pm at “The Shed”)

Same as last week, much fun to be had in kayaks for both experienced paddlers and complete novices. Remember that you MUST bring a complete change of clothes (including old trainers or similar to wear on the river) and a towel. It is highly recommended that you bring a bit of cash along so that you can warm up in the pub (Jude the Obscure) after the session.

Please fill in this DoodlePoll so that Matt and Alana know how many people to expect: http://doodle.com/8vdewtgzfw5uxx8s . Please be aware that a number of the leaders are away at either the BCU Student Safety Seminar or at the ULU Paddlington Canoe Polo tournament so the numbers might be a bit more restricted, arrive early to avoid disappointment. Details of how to find the shed are available here: http://ouckc.co.uk/wordpress/whats-on/sessions/

 

  1. Marathon and canoe polo lists

Please be aware that there are dedicated marathon and canoe polo mailing lists, details of how to join them are located at the bottom of this email. Marathon training is on Fridays at 7am and you must speak to Thomas Leissing before attending. Canoe Polo training is on Sunday mornings at 11am (apart from when there are tournaments on), with other training on an ad hoc basis advertised through the lists and Facebook group.

 

  1. Facebook group

A space for kayaking related chat, and unofficial kayaking and pub trips to be arranged. Join to keep up with the latest funny videos and the suchlike: www.facebook.com/groups/ouckc

 

  1. Freshers’ Trip (end of 3rd week)

Put the date in your diary to make sure that you are free for this fun-filled kayaking weekend. We’ll be headed to South Wales where there will be a variety of flat and white water kayaking options to suit all ability levels. The plan is to leave on Friday evening (31st Oct) and come back on Sunday evening (2nd Nov), staying in a bunkhouse. Expected cost is £45 which will cover all transport, accommodation, kayaking equipment and food.

Plans and costs are being finalised. If you have a car and are willing to drive, please let Bryn know ASAP. If you are a competent leader on either flat or moving water and can attend the trip, also let Bryn know. If you are a beginner/new person, you don’t need to do anything yet.

 

  1. Women’s Canoe Polo

If you’re a female interested in canoe polo, then you’ll be pleased to hear that this year there is a Ladies Div 2/ Development league for the first time as a way to encourage more women to play. If you are interested in taking part, send an email to Sophie Louth. The first tournament is on the afternoon/evening of the 25th October (end of 2nd week). All the games will be played in a nice warm swimming pool. There are around 4 more over the rest of the academic year. No previous kayaking or canoe polo experience are necessary to get involved, just enthusiasm and a willingness to give it a go.

 

As always, please check the rest of the website for more details but if you can’t find something on there then drop me an email.

See you all soon!

Anja

OUCKC President