A Kayaking First for Hull
Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2019 14:20
On the 9th July the first paddle sport school games occurred in Hull. This was a partnership between Hull Active Schools and the Kingston Kayak Club. In an action packed 90 minutes, 26 children had the opportunity to paddle kayaks, Canadians, stand up paddle board and use a dry land paddling ergo machine. They used a variety of crafts to compete against one another in some fun but 'damp' events.
There wasn't much time for formal tuition however many present were naturals and immediately adapted to whichever craft they were in or on. The energy and enthusiasm that each child had was amazing and it was laughter and smiles all round. The schools involved were from Collingwood, Christopher Pickering and Gillshill Primary Schools.It was a warm afternoon and collectively they decided the appropriate ending of the session was to jump in to the shallow end simultaneously, a brave move considering they had been told it contained alligators, crocodiles and sharks!
Dave Rawding Chairman of KKC said 'The British Canoeing structure for school games is brilliant but it doesn't really work for schools that don't regularly canoe. We thought we would do something a bit different and the result has been an outstanding success. Our volunteer coaches really enjoyed it and the feedback from the children and teachers has been brilliant. The LA plan to renovate the lido which we use and I am hoping that once the works are complete we can offer more adventure activity in the centre of Hull. This is likely to be the last summer school before we enjoy the new look Albert Avenue pools complex.'
Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRE-wXFRZwY&feature=youtu.be