Members of our Junior School canoe club headed down to Manchester Canoe Club on the River Goyt for their first ever taste of the sport on open water – a dramatic change to the calm of the school swimming pool!
Our pupils arrived at the club in Marple to be greeted with plenty of rain – but it would take more than a little precipitation to put these adventurous pupils off! And, with the help of several parents and Nathan Stevenson, a British Canoe Union coach, the paddling got under way.
Most pupils had already been to canoe club at the school pool – though paddling on the moving water of the Goyt is a much more challenging prospect.
Finley Nolan and Alistair and David Paterson – experienced paddlers from the Senior School – showed the Junior pupils how it’s done with style.
All pupils enjoyed themselves, learning to balance, steer and stop their canoes, before a successful game of canoe polo finished the evening off.
Wet, exhausted and having thoroughly enjoyed themselves, the paddlers set off back to school keen to have another go!
Alex Curwen of Y6M said:
I really enjoyed it! The coaches were really positive – they allowed us to explore the water and helped us to improve our technique.
The best part was when we played canoe polo. You had to paddle and catch and throw the ball as well as trying to stay upright.
More pupils hoping to achieve paddling perfection will be taking part in sessions in our swimming pool as well as at Manchester Canoe Club throughout the rest of the term.