8/8/09 – Kirkcaldy Canoe Club Receives new K2 from Trueform Engineering

Kirkcaldy Canoe Club was delighted this week to receive delivery of a brand new skinny K2 (2 man) sprint canoe which meets the current Olympic Standards for sprint racing canoes funded by Trueform Engineering Ltd.Derek Veale, Scottish Operations Manager for Trueform is pictured here handing over the new canoe to members of Kirkcaldy Canoe Club.

The new canoe was funded by Trueform Engineering Ltd, complete solution providers for public transport, when they learnt of the success the Kirkcaldy Clubs sprint paddlers had at the British National Sprint Championships in July 2009 in a fleet of aging craft, some of which are in excess of 25 years old.

The new K2 sprint canoe will be used by Kirkcaldy’s group of sprint paddlers, also members of the Scottish Development Squad, during training sessions and national sprint events. The team, joined by paddlers from Linlithgow and Forth Canoe Clubs train six days a week with up to 3 sessions per day in their bid for success and selection to the Great Britain team under the guidance of the Scottish Canoe Associations Sprint Development Coach, Kristina Medovcikova.

Trueform, who have provided the Fife Commuters with their upgraded transports facilities and bus shelters over the past three years at all the major bus stations as well as Fife wide maintenance and supply of bus shelters stated that “they would have loved to have given more in these difficult times and wished Kirkcaldy Canoe Club’s athletes every success in their quest for British Team selection.”

The first outing for the new K2 will be the Scottish Sprint Championships at Strathclyde Park on the 16th August 2009 followed by Kirkcaldy Canoe Clubs sprint regatta at Kinghorn Loch on the 23rd August 2009 where all local visitors are welcome, thereafter it will make a debut trip to the Inter Club Regatta at the National Water Sport Centre in Nottingham on the 5thand 6th September 2009.

Margaret Chapman, Chairperson of Kirkcaldy Canoe Club, said she was “absolutely delighted to hear the fantastic news that Trueform Engineering Ltd was able to help elevate the profile of sprint canoeing with their generous gift to the paddlers of the Kirkcaldy Club.” She went on to say “that when the club members heard of the news their own aspirations were lifted and that there was an uncanny enthusiasm in their training commitment that evening. “

8/8/09 – Kirkcaldy Canoe Club Celebrates 30 years

Kirkcaldy Canoe Club held their eagerly anticipated 30th anniversary event at Kinghorn Loch on Friday evening. To celebrate 30 successful years a race in four man K4 kayaks was held over 30 minutes.

Paddlers, past and present, from Kirkcaldy and other Scottish clubs came along to join in the racing. Teams were drawn from random taking in paddlers from various age and ability categories to make very even teams. This gave newer paddlers the opportunity to paddle with more experienced paddlers during the event. The only stipulation was that every paddler had to paddle once, whether that was one lap or six laps.

The race was completed in K4 boats. There are only seven of these boats in Scotland, and six of them were at Kinghorn for the event. This was the first time all six boats had been racing together in Scotland at the same time.

The weather was excellent with calm, warm conditions. The racing was close with many teams taking turns at the front, with some crews doing three laps before a pit stop and some doing two. This kept the eventual winner unknown until the closing stages of the event.

The winning team who managed to complete 6.5 laps in 30 minutes were Kristina Medovcikova (SCA), Brian McMorrin (KCC), Gareth Smith (Linlithgow), Fay McGlashan (KCC), Tanya Marshall (Linlithgow), and Ollie Carruthers (Forth).

In the junior event for under-12 paddlers two teams raced over two laps in the mini K4’s known as Rockets. These are smaller and more suited to youngsters than the traditional K4’s. This event had 10 entrants and the winning team was led home by KCC paddlers Rachel Syme, April Chapman, Alex Scullion, Owen Scullion, and Reece Martin.

The event was followed by a barbeque and raffle. Also on display at the loch was Kirkcaldy’s new K2 boat donated by Trueform Engineering to the club. This boat will make its racing debut next weekend at the Scottish Sprint Championships to be held on the regatta course at Strathclyde Park.

Kirkcaldy Canoe Club train at Kinghorn Loch on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 1800 until October. All are welcome to come along and try out the sport.