Welcome to the Canoe Club committee for this academic year!
The committee's role is to ensure regular activities run smoothly and that the club continues to develop and progress both competitively and for the enjoyment of the sport. If you would like to contact a member of the committee, you can find us in the club facebook members group or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Daniel Smith
Course: 2nd Year Mechanical Engineering
I first started kayaking when I was 13, but soon gave up due to a lack of friends in the sport - I would go with my dad instead. However when I joined the club in fresher's week, I was surrounded by friendly people and I quickly improved, with support from the other members. By the end of the year, I was paddling some of the most difficult rivers that the club trips could offer!
As Captain it is my role to manage the club committee and ensure that the club is being run to the best of its potential. I am also responsible for all newcomers to the club, making sure everyone is happy, feeling included and progressing! If you ever have any problems or questions, please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to help.
Name: Katie Stephenson
Course: 2nd year PhD in Medical Engineering
I joined the canoe club when I began my undergrad degree so have been an active member for quite a while! Before starting uni I had never kayaked before but I loved the first session and they haven't managed to get rid of me since. I enjoy white water kayaking and am captain of the ladies canoe polo team which is always looking for new faces;)
As secretary of the club, it is my job to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes including keeping the calender up to date, booking pool sessions and vehicles and dealing with any other issues that come my way!
Name: Louie Slocombe
Course: 3rd year MPhys
Sup, I first started kayaking part way through my first year, just after semester one. I had been in a kayak before but never on any moving water. My flatmate brought me along on a whim, I turned up to a re-freshers session. I really liked it and never looked back. This is my second year on committee, I was Captain last year.
I highly recommend any sport at Surrey, whether it be something you have done before or something brand new. You never know, it might change your life.
As Treasurer manage the club's finances, memberships and trip fees, I also liaison with the SU & SSP. Feel free to talk to me if you have any queries concerning fees or membership, I would happily oblige :)
Name: Elliot Francis
Course: Computer Science (Graduated but staying around!)
Having just finished my course, I have had four years of university club kayaking and looking forward to making it a fun fifth! I have been kayaking for many years and have a vast knowledge of paddlable rivers for all abilities in the UK and elsewhere. This year I have several good kayaking trips in mind starting with some beginner friendly trips and gradually building up though the year. It is always exciting to see new and returning faces in our club - one of the best clubs in my opinion!
Name: Eoin Cremin
Course: 2nd Year Veterinary Medicine
I'm the Training Officer for 2016/17, which means I handle all of the training and qualifications for our club members. I came to the Uni in 2015 and joined the Canoe Club during Fresher's Week because I had done a little bit of flat-water paddling before and I loved the idea of getting on some white water. The club absolutely made my first year with the awesome trips and brilliant socials. Any questions or ideas about training, come talk to me and I'll see you on the water.
Name: Cameron Underwood
Course: Placement Year at National Physical Laboratory/4th Year
I joined the club just last year when I moved into a house full of kayakers and before long was paddling as much as I could. Throughout the year I've been on several club trips, socials and competitions. My favourite trips being a week-long trip to the French Alps and BUCS Canoe polo.
A large portion of what we like to do as a club is play Canoe Polo (Don't worry, it is much less intense when we play it!). We practice each Sunday at SSP and play competitively in the South East & London Regional league, where last year, our team went undefeated! As a result of this, alongside the current team, we now have a new freshers/development team to get as many people involved as possible.
I will be organising our participation in various casual and BUCS competitions throughout the year as well as the Canoe Polo regional league, feel free to say hello on or off the water.
Equipment & Safety
Name: Mikey Wardle
Course: 4th Year Physics
I joined the club half way through my first year with no prior paddling experience and managed to go from a keen swimmer to a competent and experienced swimmer within a short space of time and participate heavily in both the whitewater and polo sides of the club. This is my second time on committee after being treasurer in my second year.
As equipment and safety officer it is my job to make sure paddling equipment is safe to use. If you have any concerns about equipment or your safety while with us, then come and ask!
Name: Rebecca Pitts
Course: Final Year Psychology
I joined the Canoe Club at the beginning of my second year, having little experience paddling before. Since then I have become an active member and enjoy taking part in all aspects of the club: pool sessions, trips, polo, river sessions and of course socials!
One of the best things about the club is that it is like one massive family, I have always felt supported from its members which has helped me especially on the river as I am still building my confidence on the water.
As Social Secretary I organise social events throughout the year and make sure that everyone feels involved and part of the club!
Name: James 'Jim' Street
Course: Final Year Accounting and Finance
I joined canoe in my first year, and I was instantly surrounded by an extremely friendly group of people who made me feel welcome at the club. Since then I have been an active member attending pool sessions and trips, but my favourite aspect was the socials, so whether you want to become an elite kayaker or just social paddler like myself, come along.
As social sec it's my job to organise socials and to make sure everyone feels involved. So if there's anything you'd like to know, feel free to ask!