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2nd Week

Hello!

An exciting set of weekly kayaking notices, including sign up for the Freshers’ Trip!
 
1. Freshers’ Trip (End of 3rd Week) Sign Up
2. Thursday Drinks (8.30pm @ Teddy Hall Bar)
3. Women’s Canoe Polo League Saturday
4. Canoe Polo Training Sunday 11am
5. Sunday sessions (1pm and 3pm)
6. White Water Race (End of 6th Week)
7. Membership reminder
 
 
 
1. Freshers’ Trip (End of 3rd Week) Sign Up
A message from Bryn (Trip Sec):
Hey gang,
This years freshers’ trip will be taking place at the end of 3rd week (31st October – 2nd November). It will be a trip away for the WHOLE weekend, we’re planning to paddle some introductory white water so nothing too gnarly just yet! There will be kayaking options to suit all ability levels so you’ll have a great time whether you’re an experienced paddler or not.  We will be leaving from Port Meadow on the Friday evening (time TBC) and returning fairly late on Sunday night. The only experience required for the trip is that you have attended a Sunday session or two, have completed a swim/spraydeck test, and be a fully paid up member of the club. More information about what to bring will be emailed out to those who sign up, but it is the same as Sunday sessions: loads of warm clothes and suitable shoes. We’re staying in Brecon so you’ll also need a sleeping bag and roll mat.
 
There will be a sign up this Thursday at the drinks, and priority will be given to people who turn up early. The cost for the trip will be £45-00. This will cover transport, accommodation and food for the weekend. Any questions please email Bryn (details on committee section of site)
2. Thursday Drinks (8.30pm @ Teddy Hall Bar)
Sign up for the Freshers’ Trip, have a couple of pints, and a chance to share Sunday session/flat tyre/canoe polo tournament stories from the weekend…what more could you want from an evening. If you’re having trouble getting in, post a message to the Facebook group (phone signal is suboptimal in Teddy Hall).
 
3. Women’s Canoe Polo League Saturday
We need a couple more girls for the canoe polo this Saturday afternoon. The competition is in a nice warm swimming pool and against other women’s teams so is the perfect opportunity for any girls out there that want to give it a go. If you’ve enjoyed chucking a ball around at the Sunday sessions so far then you’ll have a great time. Get in touch with Sophie or Anja if you’re keen.
 
4. Canoe Polo Training Sunday 11am
Get yourself to the shed to do some canoe polo training. You will need the same stuff as for Sunday sessions (a change of clothes and a towel) and enthusiasm for what is a ridiculously fun ball sport played in kayaks.
 
 
5. Sunday sessions (1pm and 3pm)
Same deal as the last couple of weeks, turn up to the shed for games and coaching/skills building before the Freshers’ Trip. It is also a final chance to do a swim/spraydeck test before the Freshers’ Trip. You MUST bring a change of clothes and old trainers or similar to wear on the water.
 
 
6. White Water Race (End of 6th Week)
The annual BUCS white water race will be taking place at the end of 6th week and Chris is beginning the organisation. We need at least three women and three men to go along to compete. The white water race is also one of the four Varsity disciplines. If you have some kayaking (and white water) experience and might be interested in competing, please let Chris know.
7. Membership reminder
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’). Alternatively, you can pay and pass on forms on Thursday at drinks or at the Sunday afternoon sessions. 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.
 
Please note that if you haven’t come along to a session yet, you are free to come and give kayaking a go at any of the Sunday afternoon sessions before you commit to membership.
That’s all for now folks, see you at Teddy Hall Bar on Thursday for drinks and trip sign up 🙂
Anja
OUCKC President

Welcome (back)!!

Hello!

I hope that everyone had a great summer, welcome back! Here is the first (rather large) set of notices for this term:
1. Updates of some summer changes…
2. Welcome Drinks: Teddy Hall Bar @ 8.30pm Thursday
3. Come and Try It sessions on Sunday
4. BCU Student Safety Seminar (18/19th October)
5. ULU Paddlington Canoe Polo Tournament (18/19th October)
6. Marathon training: contact Thomas Leissing
7. Calling all minibus drivers…
8. Any questions?
 
 
1. Updates of some summer changes…
Some exciting things have happened over the summer. We now have a Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/ouckc) to share amusing kayaking related clips, keep up to date with events, and announce last minute unofficial pub and paddling trips.
 
Also, instead of waiting for my weekly email…all this term’s events (kayaking and socials) should now be up on the Google Calendar on the website. Check for dates/details of all the amazing Michaelmas events: Freshers’ Weekend Trip, Freshers’ Curry, Sunday sessions, Canoe Polo Training and much much more… 
 
 
2. Welcome Drinks: Teddy Hall Bar @ 8.30pm Thursday
Title says it all really. If you have stash, try and wear it so that new people can recognise us easily. Failing that, bring carrots.
 
 
3. Come and Try It sessions on Sunday
Whether you’re a seasoned kayaker or you don’t know a paddle from a punt pole, come along to a session on Sunday to come and get to know the kayaking club a little better.
 
Who: Everyone is welcome! This is the perfect chance to give kayaking a go, or persuade friends to come along
What: A bunch of kayak based games
When: Sunday 11am, 1pm, 3pm (prompt)
Where: “The Shed”, Port Meadow. Directions can be found here. If you’re worried your navigational skills aren’t quite up to scratch, then meet outside the Eagle and Child half an hour before the sessions (i.e. 10.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm) and a friendly face will walk you over to the shed
What to bring: a complete change of clothes and a towel. Please note that you MUST wear a pair of old trainers or similar on the water (flip flops aren’t appropriate as they get sucked up by the bottomless mud on the riverbed).
 
To give us an idea of numbers for each session…please state which session(s) you’re coming to here: http://doodle.com/289mmbewgsn5rbcm .
 
If everyone that knows their way around the shed could help to give out BAs and helmets and make sure that kit gets put back in the right place then that would be a massive massive help to the leaders. The shed got a good cleaning/ tidying over the summer and it’d be fab to keep it looking lovely.
 
 
4. BCU Student Safety Seminar (18/19th October)
A really really useful weekend for anyone with any responsibility in the club (leader, committee, etc) or anyone who’d like to take on coaching or organisational roles in the future. This is a course organised by the British Canoe Union (BCU) specifically aimed for students in University clubs. Details of the actual course can be found here: http://www.pyb.co.uk/courses-bcu-student-safety-seminar.php. It is probably the best and cheapest way to get some qualifications (e.g. Foundation Safety and Rescue) and get to know a bunch of other friendly university kayakers.
 
Helen (Women’s Captain), our super womens’ captain, is organising this one so please email her to sign up ASAP. The cost of the weekend will be ~£65 which includes the course fee, accommodation, and transport. 
 
5. ULU Paddlington Canoe Polo Tournament (18/19th October)
There are still a couple of places on the canoe polo team for the ULU Paddlington tournament. If you are interested, please email Chris (Polo and Mens’ Captain).
 
 
6. Marathon training: contact Thomas Leissing
Thomas (Marathon Rep) is currently in the process of setting up a formal agreement with Falcon (one of the town canoe clubs) to arrange marathon training for OUCKC members. Sessions currently run at 7am on Friday mornings and cost £2. If you are a club member, interested in giving marathon a go, and are fairly competent in a boat (i.e. can comfortably go in a straight line without falling in) then email Thomas to sign up to this week’s session.
 
 
7. Calling all minibus drivers…
If you are a University approved minibus driver and are potentially keen to help out with driving on club trips then please email our Secretary Matt so that he can update the lists. Even if you did the minibus test for a different club but might be persuadable to drive for the kayakers, please let Matt know.
8. Any questions?
Please do check out the rest of the website and if you can’t find the details you want on there then feel free to drop me (or the other committee folk) an email.
That’s about all for now…see/meet you all soon!!
Anja
OUCKC President
Please note that email addresses are not included in this post to avoid the committee getting a load of spam. You can find the email addresses in the original email, or on the committee section of the website.