Our London Youth Games Kayaking squad is developed and selected by Canalside Centre who hold a number of open access training sessions at the centre in the lead up to the London Youth Games Kayaking event. The event acts as a competitive exit route for young people that regularly access Canalside’s weekly youth kayaking programme, and provides the perfect progression route for talented young kayakers to experience a high-level competition against other London Boroughs.

This year the kayak squad consisted of 7 young people which was split across the junior and senior age groups in the Kayak Slalom and Kayak Sprint event race disciplines.

”Starting off as a beginner I have progressed to be able to race at international competitions that I would never have experienced without the constant support and development from staff at Canalside. ”

The kayaking team won Silver in the Kayak Sprint event (2nd place overall) which was a fantastic achievement, and came 6th place overall in the Kayak Slalom event. Within those categories there were also a number of excellent performances that saw individual gold and silver medals collected in the Senior boys and girls Kayak Sprint events.

Peter aged 16, from North Kensington won the gold medal in the kayak sprint event. Peter has been attending kayaking sessions at Canalside Centre since he was aged 9 years old. Through his participation at the centre he has developed into a very competent paddler and has been national champion in his age group and subsequently invited to attend national training events with the GB squad.

Although Peter is an exceptionally talented kayaker. Although his school life has been unsettling, he continues to attend sessions at Canalside because the activities engage his attention and because he excels in the sport of kayaking. In the last year he has also started to attend weightlifting sessions and represented RBKC in this event at the London Youth Games 2016.

Sport is the one thing that really engages Peter and enables him to apply real focus and commitment to developing himself and his personal achievements through sports competition. Staff at Canalside are monitoring his situation closely and will be providing ongoing support in terms of his next steps with education and employment.