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June 1st 2017

Nottingham Sea Cadets’ Olympic hopeful urges you to get involved with National Go Canoeing Week

On the water

The East Midlands is the perfect place to get involved with canoeing as 2020 Olympic hopeful Afton Fitzhenry will testify.

The adult volunteer at Nottingham Sea Cadets is one of the elite Team GB athletes currently in training at Holme Pierrepoint in Nottingham ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

But she also finds time to give Sea Cadets the experience of taking on the water in a canoe herself, as well as provide the best advice available.

This week (27 May to 4 June) is National Canoeing Week and it’s the perfect opportunity to get on the water with events being held up and down the country, including at Holme Pierrepoint itself.

It was through Sea Cadets that Afton first experienced canoeing which has led her on the path of an international athlete.

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Afton Fitzhenry

Afton said: “Getting involved with canoeing provides a platform for socialising, exploring and improving your health all at once.

“British Canoeing have invested a lot of time into developing a system for all types of paddlers, whether it be racing; honing your skills and drills; or just meeting up with people for a recreational paddle there is something there for everyone.

“If as a cadet, I hadn’t have gone on the Kayak 1 star course I would never have achieved my dreams of becoming a GB canoe sprint athlete!

“You can find all these opportunities on the British Canoeing Website.”

Canoeing has long been a part of the activities on offer by all of the cadet organisations. It’s not just the Sea Cadets, but the Army Cadets, Royal Air Cadets and Combined Force Cadets are also regularly taken out on the water to learn the skills.

It is also not just a sport for young people. Just earlier this month we reported on the East Midlands University Officer Training Corps’ incredible effort to get two of their Officer Cadets to canoe for 125 miles continuously.

For more information and events surrounding National Go Canoeing Week click here.

Or alternately speak to your local Reserve and Cadet unit to see how joining could help you get on the water. You can find your local unit here.

“If as a cadet, I hadn’t have gone on the Kayak 1 star course I would never have achieved my dreams of becoming a GB canoe sprint athlete!"