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Have a splashing time at Go Canoeing Week 2015

April 9, 2015

With the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio just over a year away, Go Canoeing, the Olympic legacy initiative from British Canoeing, is challenging the nation to paddle the distance from the UK to Rio for National Go Canoeing Week 2015.


Taking place from Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st May, Go Canoeing Week 2015 will give the public a chance to pick up a paddle and contribute to the 24,901 mile target distance at more than 500 clubs and centres throughout England.

Following on from last year’s successful Go Canoeing Week, the ‘Road to Rio’ challenge has been introduced to encourage participants of all ages and abilities to get involved in the sport prior to the Olympic Games next year. With a range of accessible and sociable activities on offer, participants who are unfamiliar with the sport can kick start their experience through a number of Starter Sessions and Guided Tours.


For those wanting more of an independent adventure, there is the opportunity to take part in one and three-mile Challenges at a number of picturesque locations including Windermere, Rutland,Lee Valley and The New Forest.

However and wherever participants choose to join in, everyone can log on to the Go Canoeing Week website to submit their individual distances and help reach the overall ‘Road to Rio’ target. Participants will also be able to monitor nationwide progress via an interactive map on the website which will give a running total of the miles completed during the event.


Jenny Spencer, Go Canoeing Development Manager, said “Go Canoeing Week enables participants to get out on the water and have fun. It’s been great to see so many people get involved in the past and having smashed last year’s total miles target, we wanted to take the challenge to the next level and get people excited about next year’s Olympics.

It seems like London 2012 was just yesterday but looking ahead to Rio 2016 and beyond, canoeing offers participants an extremely fun, varied and stimulating activity and we want as many people out on the water as possible. Once you’ve tried it for the first time, we’re sure it won’t be the last and, as always, every mile counts.”

For more information about National Go Canoeing Week log onto www.gocanoeing week.org.uk

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