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Meet The Members 2010-2011

What the members say…

Joanna Uglow
Member for: 1 Year
Degree: Geography
  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    Not really, just a couple of sessions on activity trips.

  2. What made you want to join?

    A few friends on my course were members and encouraged me to go to a couple of polo sessions one summer, I had a great time. They were always talking about EUCC and it sounded like such a great club – I wanted to be part of it.

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    Probably NSR (National Students Rodeo) which is an event in Nottingham where loads of uni canoe clubs come together for a weekend of competitions and a MASSIVE party. You don’t have to be a fantastic paddler to take part, it’s all about joining in, having fun and meeting loads of like-minded students.

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    That’s a tough one, there are so many but for me two stand out.

    1)      Our trip to the Treweryn in North Wales was awesome and a real turning point for me. All year I’d been so scared about doing the easiest rivers and started the Lower Treweryn thinking I was going to be sick, I was that terrified (but it’s really not a hard section). By the end, one swim later, my confidence had rocketed and I was ready to do the upper section. This one was quite a bit harder but I got to the end (with a couple of “I’m too scared moments”) and just wanted to shout “I LOVE KAYAKING!”. I even rescued Jacky’s paddles 🙂

    2)      The summer Alps trip to Slovenia was absolutely amazing. There’s nothing better than paddling down the Soca which is so clear it looks like Bombay Sapphire, with the sun shining and the most beautiful mountains in the distance… and of course there’s all the banter.

    This has been my best year at uni and it’s because of EUCC, I wish I’d joined sooner!


Iain Craigen
Member for: 2 Year
Degree: Geography
  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    I had done quite a bit of kayaking on flat water and some sea kayaking but white-water paddling and using a spray deck were completely new to me!

  2. What made you want to join?

    I joined EUCC because I found the members to be some of the nicest people I’d met who encouraged, looked out for and had such a fantastic time together. I was also amazed at how active the club is with all the river trips, pool sessions, socials and weekends away and I still haven’t heard of another club or society who have as much going on but still let you do as much or as little as you want!

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    My highlight of the club calendar has to be the weekend away to South Wales where we paddled the man-made white-water course at Cardiff which provided an exhilarating and testing descent and spoilt us with a conveyor to the top. We then stayed in a bunkhouse where much entertainment was had before paddling some of the rivers in the Brecon Beacons. A jam-packed weekend full of fun all in the company of great friends.

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    My best EUCC experience has to be having the confidence and ability to successfully paddle some of the most technical and challenging sections on the summer trip to the Alps. It’s amazing how much progress you can make when you stay involved, even if you join EUCC as a beginner. Having over a fortnight of paddling some of the best rivers in Europe is an experience I’ll never forget.


Lynne Medlock
Member for: 4 Years
Degree: Business and Accounting with EU Study
  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    Nope, I joined in my first year having never been in a kayak before (apart from a few short flat water trips). I found it really easy to learn with the club because you get one on one coaching by other members in the pool twice a week, and have opportunities to get experience on rivers within the first few weeks.

  2. What made you want to join?

    I saw a picture of an older club member running a big waterfall on a club trip to Scotland, and that inspired me to join because I didn’t know that was possible in kayaks. A few years later, I got to run that same waterfall myself thanks to the great paddlers in the club. The fun and friendliness of the people at the taster session also made me feel a part of the club from the start. Joining the club was the best impulse purchase I have ever made!

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    It is so hard to choose. The Adventure Ball is probably the highlight of the social calendar (but closely followed by the Christmas Dinner and the weekends away in Dartmoor and Wales), but I think the winner probably has to be the summer trip to the Alps because it has it all; fantastic paddling, sunshine, stunning views, and more than two weeks of chilling out with really good friends.

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    The feeling you get when you get to the bottom of a big rapid or then end of a scary river… that is the thrill that I will never forget from EUCC. But equally, the experience of leading beginners down a very pretty and easy river and seeing them really enjoy themselves is just fantastic. It’s not all about running hard rivers, it’s about enjoying yourself!


Robin Beaumont
Member for: 1 Year
Degree: PhD Mathematics
  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    I’d done a couple of day trips sea kayaking but no white water experience

  2. What made you want to join?

    Jacky, my housemate, had been a member the previous year and she told me how good it was so I thought I’d see what it was all about

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    The highlight has definitely got to be the trip to Slovenia. 2 weeks of kayaking in the sunshine with crystal clear water and some amazing people can’t really be beaten easily. Even the 27 hour journey out wasn’t bad

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    It’s hard to pick my best EUCC experience as there are so many from the first trip to Polzeath surf kayaking to Pots Rodeo and NSR. The whole year has been one great experience


Susanna Batten
Member for: 1 Year
Degree: Spanish and Russain
  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    No, not really. I’d been on a sit on kayak once or twice.

  2. What made you want to join?

    I enjoyed the trip during freshers week at the Quay and the pool sessions were also good fun. At the same time everybody in the club was really nice and friendly.

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    The two week trip to Slovenia at the end of the year. The scenery was breathtaking and the kayaking was really good fun.

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    It would have to be the Adventure Ball. Running around an indoor play area can never not be fun. Not to mention that there was also a tasty hog roast.


Ben Harris
Member for: 1 Year
Degree: Exercise Science / Physiotherapy
  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    No Kayaking experience at all but I can swim well which helped

  2. What made you want to join?

    I was torn between a few clubs so I went to each of their taster sessions and found the EUCC crew were far more exciting, friendly and genuinely fun to be around; as well as they have a bus that took me all around Southern England and allowed me to see place I never would have been able to on my own.

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    There are too many events to just name one but top three that I could go to were the Christmas Dinner, pots rodeo and snowboating (mainly because I had never been in snow before)

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    Despite the amazing Australian themed party as a farewell; Polzeath was probably my highlight as it was the only one where we camped out and I was able to meet all the past members and see how everyone still stays in contact even after finishing uni so it is like one huge family from grumpy grandad to overenthusiatic cousin. Overall though my favourite part was chilling out at the pub after a pool session with everyone.


Matt Robinson
Member for: 1 Year
Degree: Physics
  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    Yes, I had done quite a lot kayaking, as well as some white water trips.

  2. What made you want to join?

    Well I knew I wanted to join a canoe club, so when I arrived at uni, i met some of the members and they were such a nice group i joined straight away.

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    Definitely the Polzeath trip at the beginning of term! Its such a good weekend, spending all day on the beach, meeting tonnes of new people as well as kayaking all day and in the evening, the odd drink or two….or more than two, preferably!

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    Well theres a lot of these for me, but it would have to be the feeling you get after doing a scary rapid, love that feeling. Also the social side of the club. There have been SO many nights that i have woken up the next day and said to myself ‘that was a great night’, and its all thanks to EUCC.


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