Written by Editorial Intern Leah Alger
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 on Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st May 2015.
Go Canoeing Week, the ‘Road to Rio’ challenge has been introduced to encourage participants of all ages and abilities to get involved in the splashing 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.
This 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.
“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,” said Go Canoeing Development Manager, Jenny Spencer.
There is also 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 for those more independent participants.
For more information or if you would like to sign up for this week of fun, please visit: www.gocanoeingweek.org.uk