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by Steve Holmes
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: You know you're slalom obsessed when ...
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: You know you're slalom obsessed when ...

When you get told at work a date to save and you immediately think “Matlock”.
by Steve Holmes
Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.5 Junior Equipment
Replies: 13
Views: 883

Re: 6.5 Junior Equipment

It was never the intention of the proposal to get round the weight limit. Both Chloe’s boats are more than 9kg, it’s just the length (3m and 3.1m) and width (not very!) that are the issue. A limit of 9kg could still be insisted on. I still find it bonkers that at the moment anyone racing at J12 leve...
by Steve Holmes
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.5 Junior Equipment
Replies: 13
Views: 883

Re: 6.5 Junior Equipment

Ok, because I genuinely don’t know! If Chloe were to be selected for the Pan-Celtic team and choose to race at Tully, which is alongside div1, would she need a larger boat for that? Or if she entered the British Champs alongside HPP div 1 would she need a larger boat then? The first is purely hypoth...
by Steve Holmes
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.5 Junior Equipment
Replies: 13
Views: 883

Re: 6.5 Junior Equipment

Harry Evans is J11, and at the time he got promoted was paddling a standard Colt. Had he not completely trashed it in France over the summer, he would have had to put wings on it in order to use it in div 1. My daughter has just gotten a Flash, and although it’s unlikely to get her to div 1, it’s pr...
by Steve Holmes
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.2 Entry Fees
Replies: 55
Views: 2630

Re: 6.2 Entry Fees

I can take the points raised. When I first saw the proposal I immediately thought that I would stop entering so many races as a vet. I’m at an event primarily to support my daughter, and such a price hike at div 2 level would see me not entering. How many others are in my position? For a family with...
by Steve Holmes
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Promotion and 50's
Replies: 22
Views: 1282

Re: Promotion and 50's

As I’m off work and bored, I went through all the div 4 results so far this season. As far as I can make out it happened 3 times. At Marple Duncan’s argument is solid, one girl got promoted with a 50 above girls who got all the gates. In the other 2 cases, maybe there’s an argument for not promoting...
by Steve Holmes
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Vets - New Points System Please
Replies: 34
Views: 1687

Re: Vets - New Points System Please

Er, what stops everyone declaring as div 3 then? Common sense, common decency, fair play? But if you need someone to make a decision, then I'd suggest a gaggle of Vets form a committee to make such decisions. I think its fairly obvious from the results where each Vet should declare, if you want to ...
by Steve Holmes
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Annual Consultative Meeting
Replies: 11
Views: 903

Re: Annual Consultative Meeting

Duncan, Dave, Hannah, Jack?
by Steve Holmes
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Vets - New Points System Please
Replies: 34
Views: 1687

Re: Vets - New Points System Please

I’m quite happy with your proposal, but then I’m quite happy with the current system. At the moment I’m in third. Am I the 3rd best vet in the country? No, but then it’s never a perfect system. In a few years time when (hopefully!) my daughter is in div 1, I know I’ll be scoring a lot less points an...
by Steve Holmes
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Annual Consultative Meeting
Replies: 11
Views: 903

Re: Annual Consultative Meeting

Joel, you were already 20 seconds clear of the div 2 men at Symonds Yat, you’re just being greedy now!
by Steve Holmes
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Paddler Retention
Replies: 32
Views: 2276

Re: Paddler Retention

I’m saying the above as the parent of an 8 year old who will likely be on RTA this winter, I would quite happily swap that for more retention and the future of the sport!
by Steve Holmes
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Paddler Retention
Replies: 32
Views: 2276

Re: Paddler Retention

A radical suggestion: scrap all TID and RTA etc until 16, and let the kids enjoy the journey. It used to be a case of enjoying slaloms and getting promoted when you were ready, now that doesn’t really happen with a lot of kids as they feel so much pressure to stay on schemes. Instead use the funding...
by Steve Holmes
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Ore coach training
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: Slalom Coach Award - Watch out

I’m in a similar position - level 3 coach and want to become a slalom coach. I do want to do the core coach training, as I think it could be worthwhile, but I’m picky about who I do it with and when I do it (reluctant to give up family time and slaloms, work and now potentially RTA will take up a lo...
by Steve Holmes
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Paddler Retention
Replies: 32
Views: 2276

Re: Paddler Retention

OK, brain dump number 2 Things seem to be happening a lot younger than they used to. My wife tells me I can't compare the sport now to when I competed as a kid (1988-1996) as it's a completely different sport. But I'll try! I started paddling slalom at 12, and it took me 18 months (about 12 weekend ...
by Steve Holmes
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Paddler Retention
Replies: 32
Views: 2276

Re: Paddler Retention

Brain dump number one (number 2 may follow once I've done the housework!): I know we've lost some girls who struggle with the move from div 3 to div 2 (I know that there are a lot of div 2/3, but still you can get promoted to div 2 just paddling at Stone, Wagon Lane, Oughtibridge etc) and getting sc...