Committee

Your Committee for 2017/18


Name:  Jamie Bryan (Committee Member & Coach)


Background:
  I first paddled a kayak on a sunny but particularly cold day trip in March 2013. I was hooked, got a boat later that year and popped along to my first WFCC river session that summer. Winter came and the boat went away until the river sessions early 2014; my second club session and the start of paddling regularly. There were lots of swims in the early days, especially on a notorious day at Symonds Yat.

Over the last three years I have paddled as often as other commitments have allowed and eventually felt able to take a more active role in the club. Last year I completed my Level 1 qualification and started down the coaching route. I am most at home on whitewater in my river boat but can also be seen in a playboat or paddling my open on lazy summer days. Getting a SUP is next on the list after some time on one in Australia.

Qualifications: 2 Star Canoe/Kayak, 3 Star WW Kayak, FSRT, WWSR, 4 Star Training WW Kayak, Level 1 Coaching Canoe/Kayak.

Aspirations (time permitting): 3 Star Canoe, Level 2 Coaching, 4 Star Assessment, then eventually Moderate Water Endorsement.

Ideal paddling day: Anything as long as I'm on the water!

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Name:  Keith Turner (Chairman & Coach)


Background:
  I learned to kayak on the River Severn as a Scout at the age of 10.  Around 18 I used to borrow Scout kayaks and go with friends down the Severn from Arley to Bewdley.  At 20 I worked a summer season at PGL Holidays and learned some more skills, including how to roll.  Fast forward about 12 years with no paddling I re-joined Scouts and became involved with the Activity Team for the County, got back in to kayaking and did my Level 1 Coaching Course.


I joined the Club around 2011 in order to progress my personal paddling away from the coaching environment of Scouts.  A couple of failed attempts at the Tryweryn saw me deciding to give up on moving water and stick to flat water coaching.  However, a summer of regular Knightwick sessions saw me move from flat water to Grade IV in 6 months and I haven't looked back since.  I love pushing my limits and running bigger rapids and waterfalls, but it is a constant battle of 'head-games' and by no means do I find them easy to overcome.  But that feeling when everything comes together and you nail your line down the biggest rapid of your life - THAT'S what it is all about!


Qualifications: 2* Canoe & Kayak, 3*Canoe & Kayak, 4* Whitewater Leader (Trained), FSRT, Whitewater Safety & Rescue, UKCC Level 1 Coach, Aquatic First Aid

Aspirations: 4* Assessment, L2 Coaching, Progress personal paddling to Grade V

Ideal paddling day: All of them - I aim to do something new every time I paddle, no matter if it's a club session or 30ft waterfall as long as I walk away and can identify something that was new, different or improved then it's been a good day.
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Name: Laura Morrish (Committee Member)
Background: I first had a go at kayaking when I joined the Scouts county activity team.  My main role in the team was to do with horse riding and rock climbing, but I was always willing to lend a hand in other outdoor pursuits.  After around 6 months on flat water I had my first taste of white water in my recently acquired boat.  Taking a swim on a very cold day in Wales, made me decide to sell the boat (to Keith no less), and give up on the whole thing.  Little did I know that a few years later I would meet up with Keith again, and decide to give the kayaking thing another try with the club.

I’ve now been paddling again for a few months, overcoming the fear that had settled in to mind about white water, and with a lot of help and encouragement from the club I’ve made huge progress.  I’m now river running at Grade II, and testing myself in Grade III at times.  Although I still find ‘playing’ in waves a little nerve wracking!

Qualifications: None to do with paddling... YET
Aspirations: Getting my roll sorted and then moving on to start some coaching!

Ideal Paddling day: A nice Grade II run in the sunshine with friends
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Name:  Gregg Watson (Committee Member & Quartermaster)  

Background: I first (properly) had a go in a kayak at one of WFCC’s pool sessions, my girlfriend asked me to come and give it a go, and upon arrival I was told “it’s addictive you know” and that was it, 2 years later and I am still hooked!


My first paddle on a river was at Symmonds Yat where I managed to drink half of the river Wye, since then I have done a fair bit of paddling mostly in north wales and with two trips to the French Alps ranging between grades 2-4

Qualifications: White Water Safety and Rescue.

Aspirations: I would like to get some coaching qualifications under my belt, when time permits 

Ideal paddling day: Anything really, I’m not a paddle snob, if it is running and I’m free let’s go!
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