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LOWER WHARFE LOGO WEBSITE AND EMAIL ATTACHMENT SIZELower Wharfe Canoe club is a family orientated club, with a base at Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool in the winter, and Bishopthorpe on the River Ouse in the summer. We have a wide range of members aged eight to  eighty who enjoy the sports of canoeing and kayaking.

We are a friendly welcoming club that run many water and non-water based events that are well attended. The club has a large number of both adults and children who enjoy the sport and develop their skills onto faster moving water, and into high level competitions through the slalom section, with our most successful paddlers going on to compete for Great Britain at international events.

The club is open to all abilities and it is a great place to come along and have a go at a new activity. To contact us please email contact@lowerwharfe.org.uk or use our Contacts link at the top.

See the attachment below for our 2020 programme to give you a flavour of our events. It should be noted that events can be added, changed or removed subject to water & weather conditions plus coaches availability, so please make sure you book on our WebCollect  booking system to ensure that you are kept up top date on plans.

Club Organisation

The Club is run entirely by volunteers. At the AGM in November 2019 the following were elected:

Club Chair – Paul Foreman chair@lowerwharfe.org.uk . Treasurer – Pat Igoe treasurer@lowerwharfe.org.uk . Secretary – Emma Kitchen secretary@lowerwharfe.org.uk . Membership Secretary – Ann Mitchell webcollect@lowerwharfe.org.uk . Welfare – David Mitchell welfare@lowerwharfe.org.uk . Publicity – Abbie Clark – publicity@lowerwharfe.org.uk . Social – Jim Philpott social@lowerwharfe.org.uk .Pool – Helen Richardson – pool@lowerwharfe.org.uk . Coach Development -TBC – coachdev@lowerwharfe.org.uk . Touring – Dennis Fothergill touring@lowerwharfe.org.uk . Slalom – Martin Brown – slalom@lowerwharfe.org.uk . Clubmark – Sarah Sharp – clubmark@lowerwharfe.org.uk .Equipment – Mike Laing – equipment@lowerwharfe.org.uk Whitewater – Jim Philpott – whitewater@lowerwharfe.org.uk Polo – Heather Lyndsay – polo@lowerwharfe.org.uk  


The Club offers training & testing for the BCU Star Awards through its own team of BCU coaches. Training and assessment up to 3 star is available and club coaches can train to 4 star and arrange assessment. Foundation Safety and Rescue Training and assessments can also be arranged. Would all those interested in training or testing please register with a senior committee member.


The Club owns a fleet of kayaks and canoes together with ancillary equipment. This equipment is available for use during club paddles only, but must be booked the week prior to the event at the latest – bookings are taken at pool reception on Sunday Pool Night or at Thursday Club Night. See menu item at the top for more details.

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