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We are river family – meet Las Correntinas

One of the newer formed race teams on the international circuit, Las Correntinas of Chile are a lively, funny group of friends who came together to race and have sparked inspiration in the rafting and paddling communitiesThis week we meet Las Correntinas, winners of the IRF Rafting Spirit Award in the recent IRF Ziyuan Rafting Festival. Their never ending enthusiasm and group camaraderie have earned them friends across the world.

How did you get started in rafting?
We studied at Universidad de las Fronteras in Pucón to be raft guides and safety kayakers at different years. In 2016 we started to train slalom kayaking together to participate in national and international competitions. Then in 2017, we formed the team “Las Correntinas” to compete in the pre-world cup of Rafting Aluminé.

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Raft racing on the Tibetan Plateau, has additional challenges for competitors.

The city of Yushu has just played host to the 2018 IRF Yushu World Rafting Plateau Championship which saw 23 teams from 17 countries from four continents gather together to race with friends old and new in stunning and breathtaking race environments.

At 3,600 metres above sea level, the city of Yushu is well above the altitude of home towns for most competitors. Altitude sickness (hypoxia) can pose problems as your body adjusts. It can take two to three days especially for those who are more used to living at less than 100 metres above sea level. Thankfully the city and event organisers are well prepared for this and recommend a few days prior to the competition to acclimatise. This involves rest, eating, sleeping and if needed medication and oxygen “pillows”.

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Sponsorship, how do we get it?

By Fieke Reijntjes 

A good bottle of wine with a special rafting label

Putting the equipment sponsorship to the side, the question most people would like to know the answer to is:  How do we raise money? There isn’t a straight forward answer and that’s probably because raising money isn’t easy and it will cost time and effort. Finding financial support can contribute massively to more enjoyment by taking pressure away and feeling valued whilst training for and competing in our beautiful sport.

There are a few really successful ways of raising money for rafting showcased by different teams. This article might give you a few ideas’ to start your own projects or find a sponsor.  The below is tested by teams from the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain and Brazil. Continue reading Sponsorship, how do we get it?

So who are the new IRF European Rafting Champions!

Eight teams were crowned as the European Champions in Slovakia recently. Let’s take a look at the champions and the medal winners.

U19 Men – 

  • Slovenia 2  = 2018 European Rafting Champions for Overall as well as H2H and Downriver. (Silver in Sprint and Slalom)
  • Russia 2 = Gold in Slalom (Silver in Overall, Bronze in Sprint)
  • Slovakia = Gold in Sprint (Bronze in H2H and Downriver)
  • Other medal winners = Great Britain (Silver in H2H); Slovenia 1 (Silver in Downriver; Bronze Overall); Czech 1 (Bronze in Slalom)

U19 Women

  • Russia = 2018 European Rafting Champions for Overall as well as H2H and Downriver. (Bronze in Sprint and Slalom)
  • Czech = Gold in Sprint and Slalom (Silver in Downriver and Overall , Bronze in H2H)
  • Other medal winners = Great Britain 1 (Silver in Sprint, H2H, Slalom; Bronze in Downriver and Overall)

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European Rafting Championships with a World twist

The IRF European Rafting Championships in Čunovo, Slovakia proved a showcase of talent from 67 teams from 14 countries across the continent – plus the Open Men’s team from Japan!

Faces new and old to IRF competitions showed up in Čunovo in the days leading up to the competition. All came with their game faces on – five teams even came with jet lag and varying degrees of accompanying luggage having just competed in the IRF Ziyuan Rafting Festival in China! The sun shone, spirits were high and the water flowed consistently – you couldn’t ask for a better start to an IRF European Championship. Continue reading European Rafting Championships with a World twist

ERC 2018 Slovakia guests – JPN OM team

It’s been ten years since I first met the Japanese OM team at the World Cup in Bosnia in 2008. This team’s setup has changed since then and I had the luck to seen many of the old team members again in Japan, competing in the Masters category in WRC 2017,  where they attained the success they had 10 years previously by winning first place in this category.

TEIKEI is a club that has had impressive success so far: 3rd – WRC 2007 Korea; 2nd – WRC 2009 Bosnia; 1st – WRC 2010 Holland; 1st – WRC 2011 Costa Rica; 2nd – WRC 2013 New Zealand and then 2nd – WRC 2017 Japan. But now, and over time,  under the well-known name TEIKEI (which is a major traffic security company in the Tokyo region), we witnessed changes in the team setup. So, let us introduce the team that will represent their country in Argentina at the WRC in early November, and are the guests in Slovakia at the ERC where they are preparing for further success and measuring the strength of the European teams. Continue reading ERC 2018 Slovakia guests – JPN OM team

Meet GBR Masters Women team for ERC R4 2018 Slovakia

“Fay Rushby and Nicola Childs have been rafting together as part of Lee Valley Women’s Master’s Team for roughly 2 years. The early team was placed in the British Open in 2016. Julie first paddled with the team as an independent in the British Open 2017 when the team won the Category 2 race for non-selected and non-professional teams. They raced R6 format but with only 5 paddlers as they were 1 short!

Over Christmas 2017 British Rafting helped pull together the current team with the addition of Anita from the Dee Dragons who was due to enter the Master’s category in 2018, and Elizabeth, another independent paddler wanting to join a team. The team first raced R4 with the current paddlers as Mid Raft Crisis in January 2018 and took a respectable 2nd place at the Cardiff Raft Race Finals.

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“Lee Valley Devils” selected to represent Great Britain in Slovakia and Argentina 2018

Nine young women, who took up white water rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre following the London 2012 Olympics, have been selected to represent Great Britain and are now heading for Slovakia in July and Argentina in November to take part in the European and World Rafting Championships.

All of the team members, who make up the GB1 and GB2 U19W squads, are members of Lee Valley Paddlesports Club, based at Lee Valley White Water Centre. They started training eagerly last year to be selected and to be given the opportunity to take part in these prestigious IRF competitions.

Six members of the team competed at the 2017 IRF World Rafting Championships in Japan where they were proud to come home with a Bronze medal in the Head to Head race category. For this year’s events the team kindly received funding towards their costs from the Hertfordshire Educational Foundation and the Rotary Club of Hoddesdon.

Pictured from left to right: Lillie, Jenni, Lorna, Ava, Katie, Emily South, Caitlyn, Emily Price and Emily Smith

The ladies, who come from Waltham Abbey, Wormley, Broxbourne, Romford, Southend and Tring, all train on average twice a week at Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross and are busy getting fit and perfecting their paddling techniques under the firm guidance of their coach Phil Pidgeon. Aged between 15 and 18, the team are aiming high for the European Championships this summer, before heading to Neuquén, Argentina.

“To be selected two years in a row is just amazing,” explained one of the team – Jenni Painter (18) from Waltham Abbey. “I first started rafting just over two years ago and competed in Japan in October last year. I definitely got bitten by the bug once I started rafting and look forward to the challenge of competing against the best teams in Europe and the world. We’ll all be training hard to try and improve on our previous medal tally.”

Lee Valley White Water Centre has British Canoeing’s High Performance Centre located at the venue and is the base for the British Canoe Slalom squad and all UK Sport funded Podium athletes. Lee Valley White Water Centre is the first London 2012 legacy venue to gain this High Performance Centre status and the Slalom Squad’s team GB regularly train there.

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What’s the point in promoting women in paddlesports?

Women have been raft racing since Project Raft on the Chuya River, Siberia, in 1989. The Amazonkis Team from the USA were the first to pave the way and show how it’s done. Women in rafting have come a long way since our very own IRF Secretary General was told by a well known paddler at a Zambezi Rafting Festival in 1992 that their women’s team (the only one there) were taking on more than they could handle and would end up being helicoptered out. Instead they placed 16th out of 32 teams! There are women’s teams from most countries competing in IRF competitions now. So what’s the point in hosting an event named after and in aid of women in paddlesports? Surely they don’t need their own event!

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What’s happened so far at the World Rafting Championship 2017 Japan 

The International Rafting Federation’s 2017 World Rafting Championship (IRF WRC) in Miyoshi, Japan has brought together 71 teams from 22 countries across the globe. The adventure began at registration on Monday, 2nd October, followed by the Opening Ceremony that show cased the world’s best rafters to the City of Miyoshi.

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