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Ergo Paddling Machines

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The Ergo Paddling Machine Resouce Pack below is aimed at assisting coaches and paddlers in getting the best use out of ergo paddling machines, which are now seen in more and more clubs, centres and local gyms.

Ergo Paddling Machine Resource Pack

Introduction to the pack

The pack is aimed at ‘Paddlesport Start’ in the Long Term Paddler Development Plan and will fit into the LTPD ‘Learn How to Train’ phase of a paddler’s development. The target age range of young people in Paddlesport Start is 8 to 10 years for boys and 7 to 9 years for girls, these exercises and drills will, however, benefit anyone in their early years of paddling participation and development regardless of their age.

It is certainly not intended as a replacement for the coach, but more of a means of assisting those with less of a racing and coaching background than others and who are not in a situation to gain the knowledge and experience from years of racing paddling, training and coaching.

Junior Ergo Challenge 2009 - Battersea Park


Canoe England travelled to Battersea Park, London in March to launch the Junior Ergo Challenge 2009. The event, incorporated into the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships, was a great success with almost 500 young people taking part in the time trials.

The Junior Ergo Challenge over 200m was the first event of its kind in England and could not have happened without Dansprint's Ergo. The team from Denmark, which included the Danish Head Flatwater Olympic Coach, travelled to London with the Canoe England team and together provided a full day of exciting ergo activity with every participant receiving coaching prior to their trial.

The challenge attracted pupils from year 7 up to year 13 with an outstanding number of young people taking part from the younger years - 110 young people from year 7 and 84 participants from year 8. Of the total taking part, the challenge attracted 46 per cent of females and all produced some exceptional results. For both girls and boys, this was their first attempt at canoeing - many enjoyed it so much they returned for more action on the ergos throughout the day!

Nottingham's Emma Lindley (Year 12) clocked the quickest time for the girls of 1:01.66 while 63 girls in total clocked under the guideline National Regatta standard of 1:20.00 including Georgia Smith (1:02.61, year 10) also from Nottingham and Camden's Sophia Parvizi-Wayne (1:06.50, year 7).

The boys were also keen to impress with 30 clocking under the one minute mark and 102 paddling under the guideline National Regatta standard of 1:14.00. Slalom paddler George Durden (year 10), from London Nautical, led the way after clocking 45.41 seconds while Matt Robinson (year 11, Llantwit) was hot on his tail with 47.60 seconds.

Results from the challenge will assist Canoe England in producing a talent identification programme and further Junior Ergo Challenges are being planned for the future with the potential of developing an English Championship.

Full results are available by clicking on the age group below:

Year 7 Results
Year 8 Results
Year 9 Results
Year 10 Results
Year 11 Results
Year 12 Results
Year 13 Results