Hi-tech winter gear means canoe club can make a splash all year round.
Enthusiastic canoeists in Stockton can now enjoy being out on the water all year round thanks to new specialist gear which will keep them warm on the coldest of winter days.
A lack of the costly kit had meant that many members of the Cleveland Canoe Club were often forced to hang up their paddles in the long winter months. But a grant from Tees Valley Community Foundation has enabled them to buy specialist paddling gloves, jackets and spray decks to keep everyone canoeing in all seasons.
Sam, a year 9 student and canoe club member said, “This new kit is a great boost to the club. It will allow us to keep kayaking in all weather without worrying about getting really cold as it’s really not much fun when you are shivering! I am also really excited to be getting new spray decks as we can now start to learn how to do eskimo rolls, improve our skills and stay safe on the water.”
Tees Valley Community Foundation’s Chief Executive, Hugh McGouran said, “We’re delighted that the money can be used to help people who want to canoe but can’t necessary afford to do so all year round. Canoeing is a really invigorating sport and a great way of enjoying the outdoors.”
Cleveland Canoe Club is a multi-discipline canoe and kayak club based at the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre in Stockton-On-Tees. Run and coached by volunteers they are open to anyone aged 10 years and over, of any ability, gender, religion and seek to remove as many barriers as possible to people having fun and enjoying an active lifestyle.