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Meet The Members 2014-2015

What the members say…

Florrie Kirby
Uni Year: 1st
Member for: 1 year
Degree: Law
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  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    A little bit of flat water in a sit on top

  2. What made you want to join?

    My flatmate was a member and it sounded like fun. I went along to a couple of pool sessions with her and everyone was really nice and welcoming so I joined.

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    Has to be the Alps. My paddling and confidence improved so much over the two weeks, and it was nice to be on the river without being cold for once!

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    Successfully making it down ‘ski jump’ on the River Tryweryn to the sound of half of the club cheering me on. And afterwards being told that you know someone has taken the advice of ‘just keep paddling’ to heart when their whole boat is underwater… and they’re still paddling!


Tom Tozer
Uni Year: 2nd
Member for: 2 years
Degree: Medicine
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  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    Um, yeah quite a few years

  2. What made you want to join?

    I joined to meet other kayakers to paddle with but also to merry people into similar stuff.

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    Definitely the adventure ball, it’s freaking awesome

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    The beach social, that’s always great, or running the upper dart for the first time


Joanna Horsley
Uni Year: 1st
Member for: 1 year
Degree: History and German
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  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    I had no kayaking experience before EUCC.

  2. What made you want to join?

    The taster session during freshers week was great fun, there was a very relaxed atmosphere and all the members were very friendly and welcoming.

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    It sounds cheesy, but it’s difficult to pick just one single highlight, there are so many fantastic moments throughout the year. If I had to pick one, it would be the Alps trip. The trip gave me the opportunity to really improve my paddling and it was great fun to spend time with EUCC friends that I had made over the course of the year.


Ed Standford-Clark
Uni Year: 4th
Member for: 3 years
Degree: Modern languages
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  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    I was a scout leader before I came to uni and took them kayaking and canoeing on flat water, teaching them up to 2* level but had never had any experience of whitewater, so that was one of my major motivations for joining

  2. What made you want to join?

    I’d always said I wanted to develope my climbing and kayaking at uni and the friendly and welcoming club provided a perfect place to do that.

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    Highlight of the club calendar has probably got to be adventure ball as it’s such a unique night out… Closely followed by the treweryn trip for its decent paddling, carnage and good social vibe with the ex members.

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    Best EUCC experience is a hard one! First run down the upper is definitely a memorable one, was so grateful for the supportive non-judgemental safety who kept us newbies alive and didn’t laugh too hard when we screwed up!


Kiana Collins
Uni Year: 2nd
Member for: 2 years
Degree: Bio chemistry and economics
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  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    I had paddled in a kayak before at my cottage and at camp but not one that rolls over slash is meant for white water

  2. What made you want to join?

    I thought canoe club meant canoe tripping. For example camping for weeks in the forest and using canoes to paddle around on lakes like the aboriginals used so I joined the club and then I found out that “canoe” meant kayak, and it was a white water kayaking club

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    I’m really looking forward to Polzeath. It’s a fun weekend and a good way to get to know the new members. That kind of surf kayaking is a laugh – especially if you don’t know what you’re doing, plus there’s always the beach to enjoy.

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    my favorite thing was when I made it down the white water centre one in Cardiff after struggling loads


Olly Bond
Uni Year: 3rd year
Member for: 3 years
Degree: English/French/Ancient Greek
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  1. Did you have any kayaking experience before joining the club?

    I didn’t have any experience of whitewater kayaking before joining the club in my second year at Exeter but I had kayaked on canals and lakes before!

  2. What made you want to join?

    I wanted to learn how to whitewater kayak because it is badass and has become my way of life!

  3. What is your highlight of the club calendar?

    Either Polzeath weekend or Ex-members weekend! And Alps of course!

  4. Tell us your best EUCC experience.

    Social-wise my best EUCC experience must be Ex-members weekend in my first year in the club. A weekend of revelry with the General. Kayaking: just getting on the water and being in current!


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