White Water Rafting Team with SPS

Riding the Rapids: Shropshire Paddlesport Club’s Journey into White Water Raft Racing

2023 has been a transformative year for the Shropshire Paddlesport Club, as it delved into the exciting realm of White Water Raft Racing. Kick-started by the loan of a second R6 Bull Raft from British Rafting, the club has seen a surge in participation. A highlight was the completion of raft guide training on the River Dee, where three members achieved the Grade 2 Raft Guide Qualification, enabling the club to safely introduce novices to white water thrills. Regular training sessions on the canal have built strength and technique, preparing members for more challenging waters. Notably, a newly formed female team competed in the British Open Euro Cup and the National Selection event at Lee Valley, achieving significant successes and propelling two members to the upcoming IRF World Rafting Championships in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Adding further to its capabilities, the club recently gained qualifications to offer training and award Personal Performance Awards in various raft racing disciplines. This advancement, supported by expert training from Jon Best of Rapid Horizons, resulted in four members earning their River Raft Race Awards. With these new qualifications and a focus on inclusive and competitive training, Shropshire Paddlesport Club is eagerly anticipating the next race in Matlock and remains committed to participating in all British Rafting development days and races, continually enhancing the rafting experience for its members.