Oct 28
  • Caitlin Marley gains promotion in last Slalom race of the year!

  • New Polo season begins


Caitlin Marley (Age 12, pictured above) has gained promotion to K1W division 2 (K1W stands for: Kayak-one person-Women) of the UK national slalom league after winning her last race of the season at Stone last weekend. To get promotion, you have to gain 4150 points over 5 qualifying races or win three races, and Caitlin finished with 4426 points, finishing 13th out of 110 paddlers in division 3. And Division 3 includes all age groups, including Seniors and Masters! In her age class (J12) which includes all divisions, Caitlin is ranked 15th.

At the Stone slalom last weekend, in the first run on Saturday Caitlin finished second with 947 points, which wasn’t quite enough to gain promotion, so the pressure was on for the last runs of the season the following day, but Caitlin went one better to win overall for 1000 points.
For Saturday’s results click here
and for Sunday’s results click here

Caitlin is not our only slalom paddler who has tasted promotion this season. Frazer Doyle was promoted to Division 3 at a slalom event at Tanfield in September and Koren Doyle, Owen Kelly and Sam Kelly were promoted to Division 3 at Howsham Weir in July. And lets not forget Ellie Beedham, in J10, winning her event at Howsham, but not competing in enough qualifying events to gain promotion. Finally our slalom rep, Neil Marley, competed in division 2 this season and will be ranked 39 next season. So well done to all our slalom paddlers!

If you are interested in competing in Slalom visit the Canoe Slalom UK website by clicking here, and why not go to one of the winter training sessions listed below? If you have been to Tanfield (River Ure, Sleningford Mill) with us than you are eligible to go to any of these:


28 November 2015
Yorkshire Slalom Training – Oughtibridge

27 December 2015

Yorkshire Slalom Training – Wagon Lane

17 January 2016

Yorkshire Slalom Training – Matlock

31 January 2016
Yorkshire Slalom Training – Tees

14 February 2016
Yorkshire Slalom Training – Sowerby Bridge

28 March 2016

Yorkshire Slalom Training – Grandtully

For more details, contact Neil Marley, our Slalom rep.


It is the Canoe Polo season again and this year we have one team, G&S Anchovies, entered in division three of the Yorkshire league. There are several tournaments through the winter, held at Yearsley pool in York. At each tournament there are 5 or 6 teams who play each other throughout the evening

A squad is eight paddlers and a team consists of five paddlers on the pitch, with up to three substitutes. Our team at the most recent tournament is pictured above, and is (from left to right): James Wilson, Matt Millington, Mikey Thornber, Dan Walker (our Disciplines Rep) and Aaron Wright. Not pictures are Tom Kerr (captain), Lui Wright and Owen Kelly.

Our team have played two tournaments so far, winning two and losing three in the first, and winning two and losing two in the second, so a good start considering the team has two new players (Matt and Mikey) and Mikey is making his polo league debut this season. The other players are a mixture of players from the two teams we had last season.

There are teams from Sheffield and Leeds universities, and Hull, Leeds, Pennine, Wharf and Manvers clubs. As there are too many teams in the league for them all to play in one night, not every team plays at every tournament. At the end of the year, every team will have played each other and as with most leagues, the team with the most points wins and gains promotion.

The next tournament the Anchovies are playing in is 9th January 2016 at 5:00pm in York and you are welcome to go along and watch and support our team.

If you are interested in playing polo, contact our disciplines rep, Dan Walker, for more information, and want to find out more about Canoe Polo, click here.

Oct 21

To see our Newsletter No 5, click here, and for more on our Dry Bags being back in Stock, click here!

Oct 21

Here’s what’s in this newsletter:

November/December Pool Sessions

November pool sessions are now full, but we do have a reserve list you can add your name to in case anyone drops out, or if any one-off places become available during the month due to holidays or illness of a paddler. To add your name to the reserve list visit us at the pool one Saturday night..

We are not taking bookings for December until 14th November and the priority will be given to those on the November reserve list. December is only a two week month so the cost will be £10 (£5 per week). When booking opens, please can you bring the full amount when you book to the pool (first come first served for places).

Spare Places During Current Pool Sessions

If you or your child are unable to paddle during a current pool session because of holidays or illness, please let the bookings officer know (Steve Burnett) so he can re-allocate your space to someone on the reserve list. If he is able to re-sell your place you will have your fees refunded. Please do not re-sell you place yourself as we need to know who is paddling so we can assess their suitability for the session they are in, and also so we can make sure that if they are not club members they have completed an application form (for insurance purposes). You can contact Steve to let him know you or your child will not be paddling by leaving a message on 07444 050100, or messaging him on our Facebook page.

Membership Fees

Membership fees are due in December for 2016 and you can pay at any pool session. Fees are currently £10 per person with discounts for family membership. And new for 2016, all over 18 members will receive a discount card for 10% off food and drink at the Nelthorpe Arms in Brigg! Re-join us early and get your card discount card early!

Members Handbook

Our Members Handbook is currently being revised for 2016 and so has been removed from the Download section of our website. When the revision is finished it will be made available for download and we will let you know when that is.

Oct 21

Dry Bags with our logo on are now back in Stock. Order now for Xmas!!! (and you clothing!)


The three different size of dry bags, all with “GSCC” printed instead of “Lomo” are now back in stock and can be ordered.. These will keep your kit dry, or can be used to put wet kit in and keep the car dry!

40 Litre bag is £12.50
60 Litres bag is £14.50
100 Litre bag is £16.50

All prices include the GSCC initials. You can also have your name printed for £1 extra..

We will be putting our next order in at the beginning of November so if you want one please let Vicky Wells know at the pool or write your order on the notice board,

And don’t forget the fantastic club clothing you can now purchase! You can choose from very stylish Navy Hoodies, T-shirts and Polo shirts, all with our club logo embroidered on the chest and then with an optional individual choice of names printed in red on the back, chest or arm. They will make great Xmas gifts, so get your order in now!!

You will have seen club officials and many members wearing theirs already, many simply have GSCC across the back and their name on their chest or sleeve, but the choice is yours!. The hoodies and tee shirts are modeled below by some of our more glamorous paddlers!

We are now taking orders for these too, so add you requirements to the order form on our notice board at the pool. The price list and size charts are shown below. Please note that any additional words have a cost of £1.00 each on top of the basic garment price. So for example, an Adult Hoody cost is £22.00 (including club logo), then to add for example, GSCC on the back is £1.00 extra and to add your name on the arm or front is another £1.00 extra, total cost £24.00.

Garment Price Garment Price
Adults Kids
Hoody £22.00 Hoody £15.00
Hoody (red hood) £25.00 Hoody (red hood) £20.00
T-Shirt £10.00 T-Shirt £8.50
T-Shirt female fit £10.00 Baby Hoody £14.00
Polo T-Shirt £11.50
Adult Men’s chest Ladies Kids Height
S 36” 10 5 – 6 YRS 110 -116 CM
M 40” 12 7 – 8 YRS 122 -128 CM
L 44” 14 9  -11 YRS 134  -146 CM
XL 48” 16 12 -13 YRS 152 -158 CM
2XL 52” 18
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Oct 2


Thursday was our end of summer season Fancy Dress and Torchlit Paddle so thanks to all our paddlers who participated and to the parents who brought them and no doubt got them ready!

Thanks also to the coaches and helpers who made it a great day.

Photos from the fancy dress preparation and judging can be viewed by clicking here
and photos from the torch lit paddle can be viewed by clicking here

All photos can also be viewed on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/FriendsOfGSCC

Downloading Details

From the gallery, photos can be viewed full screen, and downloaded at 1600×900 resolution. If you want any in higher resolution, please email Martin at publicity@gscc-online.com

On Facebook, go to our page and scroll down the time line, or look in “photos”, then “albums”. Photos can be downloaded at 2048×1152 resolution by right clicking and then “save image (or target) as..” If you want any in higher resolution, please email Martin at publicity@gscc-online.com

If you visit our facebook page, don’t forget to “like it”, then you will get all the latest posts on your newsfeed. If you want me to tag you in photos, because our page is linked to my account, you’ll have to be my friend, so send me a friends request (https://www.facebook.com/martin.heywood1)