May 6th #ourHenry @WeyKayak
During the difficult, turbulent years of his GCSEs, Henry found friends, fun, frolics and a steely, competitive edge on the banks of the River Wey. In just two years, what started as a gentle leisure pursuit has become an obsession as he has progressed from relative beginner to competing in national events and being invited to train with the GB squad for his age group. To say Henry loves kayaking would be a tremendous understatement!
All of Henry’s achievements in the sport and, more importantly, his enjoyment and enhanced physical, social and mental well-being wouldn’t be possible without the support and encouragement of Wey Kayak Club and its members.
Henry, pictured 6th from the left, enjoying a paddle
Wey Kayak Club is one of the top kayak clubs in the country and caters for the needs of over 400 participants at all levels: from beginners to international level canoeists representing Great Britain at European Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Games. The Club has over thirty British Canoeing qualified coaches who cover a great range of abilities and are able to take enthusiasts from a beginner level all the way to the top. It is one of the most successful sporting organisations in Guildford and the surrounding area. A number of Wey members are involved in management of the sport at the national level and play an important role in the development of kayaking as a sport in England. Alongside their sporting endeavours, Wey also run numerous social events. Highlights of the social calendar include regular BBQs, the Christmas Dinner given in honour of the Commodore, and the traditional Boxing Day paddle to the Parrot Inn in Shalford.
Wey Kayak Club also call a new multi-million pound, multi-functional and wheelchair-accessible complex their home. They share the Waterside Centre in Guildford, their home of over 30 years, with a number of other sporting and community groups.
If you want to see, perhaps even try, try Kayaking for yourself – or encourage any youngsters along – then visit the Wey Kayak website for all the information you could need, including information about their Introductory Courses .
Read Henry’s story here.