Wharton Consulting has been commissioned by GB Canoeing to conduct a wide-ranging review of competition structures in the Slalom and Sprint disciplines. The principal purpose of the review is to ensure that talented athletes have a clear competitive pathway from their first beginnings in the sport through to the Olympic and Paralympic Games – but it is also intended to quality-assure the competition structures in order to improve participation levels within the sport, and to recommend steps to raise the profile of canoeing in the years between the Games.

The initial phase of the review will be conducted over the period to July 2014, when initial recommendations will be presented to a Steering Group comprising representatives of GB Canoeing, the four home nation canoeing associations, and the Slalom and Sprint communities.

In a separate piece of work, Wharton has also researched the state of play in the high-kneeling classes within the UK, and worldwide, as part of a feasibility study into the potential establishment of a programme to support the development of world-class athletes within these classes to contest Olympic medals by 2024. Consultation has been taken with a range of representatives of the Canoe Sprint community, both nationally and internationally, as well as with the membership of BCU through an open, online survey. Recommendations have been drafted for the consideration of GB Canoeing which will be considered over the course of the coming weeks.


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