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Women and Girls get World Cup Canoe Chance

24 May 2013

With the World Cup on the way to Cardiff, women and girls are being offered a unique chance to get close to the white water.

Canoe Wales are giving free taster sessions for women and girls to get a taste of the sport at the same time Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) hosts the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Slalom World Cup.

Next month will see Cardiff host its second World Cup Series event, with over 30 nations competing in the World Series event - the most prestigious event on the calendar for canoe slalom professionals.

But while the elite tackle the white water slalom course and negotiate a path through 25 slalom gates between June 21st & 23rd, the sport’s governing body has teamed up with Sport Wales as part of its What Moves You? campaign to get more women and girls active.

What Moves You? will run through the summer and will promote fun and sociable activities to get more females fit.

The free canoe sessions will take place at Cardiff International White Water on Wednesday 19th June and Saturday 6th July, both from 11am until 2pm.  Being an introduction to the sport the tuition will take place on calm flat water and kit will be provided.

Emma Aldridge, Board Director for Canoe Wales and Lead Volunteer Officer for the Cardiff World Cup said:

“Having some of the World’s top canoeist in Cardiff is something that we are very proud of and shows the quality of facility we have here in Cardiff. We wanted to use the event as a chance to showcase how enjoyable a sport canoeing is and get more people on the water.

“Canoeing has so much to offer as a sport, whether it is exploring the waters of Wales, tackling adrenalin fuelled white water, or simply splashing around at the beach with family and friends. We have had a number of World champions from Wales over the last few years in surf and polo and our junior girls are making an impact on the slalom rankings. Besides that the sport is so much fun for all.”

Richard Harvey, Chief Executive Officer of Canoe Wales said:

“The programme is really timely with Sport Wales looking to promote more sport and exercise for women and girls, and these introductory sessions are aimed at those who are looking for something new and want to try this fantastic sport for the first time.

“We are also looking to welcome back those who want to get back into paddlesport and fall in love with it all over again.

“We would like to hear from any club looking for women and girls to join their club or set up their own club or activity session.”

Participants will need to be able to swim and be water confident.

At the end of each session there will be a short informal forum to talk through how Canoe Wales can get more women and girls on the water.

Bookings are on a first come first served basis, with group bookings also invited.

To book or for more information contact Nigel Midgley (National Development Officer) on midgley852@btinternet.com or 07971783080.

For further information on Canoe Wales or the Canoe Slalom World Cup visit www.canoewales.com or Twitter @Canoewales.

For more on the What Moves You Campaign Twitter: #whatmovesyou or visit www.sportwales.org.uk.