Announcements

European Championships 2021

Further to the recent announcement that the European Championships will be held in Catania in October 2021, NCPC are working with Canoeing Ireland to ascertain the viability of an accelerated program to prepare squads to compete.

We are happy to announce the appointment of Shane Kinsella as U21 Men’s Coach for the 2021 European Championships and are seeking expressions of interest from athletes, coaches and managers across all categories for this campaign. Please complete the attached expression of interest survey by 8pm on Wednesday 4th August to assist us with planning.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7B3H7X2

EGM April 2021

We would like to formally invite all members to a canoe polo EGM being held on 1st April 2021 at 8:00pm. The sole purpose of this EGM is to form a committee. Due to the current restrictions as a result of the Coivd-19 pandemic we will be doing this virtually. If you wish to attend please send an email with your name and your Canoe Ireland Membership card to secretary@canoepolo.ie no later than 30th March 2021. Valid members will receive a link to the virtual meeting the day before(31st March).

The following positions will be available:

  • Treasurer(2 year)
  • Secretary(1 year)
  • Child Protection Officer(1 year)
  • Ordinary member 1 ( 1 year)
  • Ordinary member 2 ( 2 year)

Please send nominations for any of the above positions to chair@canoepolo.ie no later than 30th March 2021

Level 5 Restrictions

Ireland has once more returned to Lockdown. This new lockdown has brought with it new restrictions on how we can partake in our sport.

The key guidelines for Level 5, including the new updates from the government are –

  • No group training. Individual training only within 5km from your home. With specific exemptions
  • Non-contact training can continue for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15
  • No matches are events
  • The use of indoor facilities is not permitted

Please review and follow the guidelines outlined by Canoeing Ireland https://www.canoe.ie/2020/10/20/level-5-restrictions-paddlesports-guidelines/

AGM 2020

We would like to formally invite all members to the canoe polo AGM being held on 19th October 2020 at 7:00pm. Due to the current restrictions as a result of the Coivd-19 pandemic we will be doing a virtual AGM. If you wish to attend please send an email with your name and your Canoe Ireland Membership card to secretary@canoepolo.ie no later than 14th October 2020. Valid members will receive a link to the virtual meeting the day before(18th October).

The following positions will be available:

  • Chairperson (2 year)
  • Treasurer(2 year)
  • Secretary(1 year)
  • Child Protection Officer(1 year)
  • Ordinary member 1 ( 1 year)
  • Ordinary member 2 ( 2 year)

Please send nominations for any of the above positions to chair@canoepolo.ie no later than 9th October 2020

Any motions or proposals should be sent to chair@canoepolo.ie no later than 9th October 2020

OVERLOAD !

Registrations are open for ‘Overload 2020’ a two day intensive training camp for Junior Canoe Polo players being held in Mullingar Harbour (https://mullingarcanoepolo.com) on 15th and 16th August 2020. Players between 8 and 18 are welcome – you must be a member of Canoeing Ireland or CANI.

The weekend promises to be a packed with learning, polo skills development, game play and a lot of fun.

To find out more and register  click here

Covid 19 – Phase 3

Covid 19 - Returning to Polo - Phase 3

Per announcement by the government last week, we note that from June 29th (subject to Government Approval to enter Phase 3), the following applies :

‘Close Contact Sports are allowed – this means Polo training, games and matches can be played in ROI

Outdoor gatherings of up to 200 (and 500 from July 20th) are allowed

Off the water – Social distancing, Hygiene and Contact Tracing guidelines remain in place. If your club did not take part in the recent Canoeing ireland COVID free workshops, , you should ensure that club organisers and Coaches inform themselves, by for example taking this course https://www.sportireland.ie/covid19/course

Club houses.  Some of you have asked whether Club boat houses, changing rooms etc. can be re-opened from the 29th, we have asked for clarification and will advise when we get confirmation.  In any event, please remember that Social Distancing and Hygiene guidelines remain in place.

There are a myriad of documents floating around from HSPC, HSE, Government sources, many are undated and some are now out of date – THIS is the most recent high level document put out by government and the one on which we have based the above summary.

The priority at all times must be to protect the health and welfare of all those involved in Canoe Polo, their families and the wider community.  Polo clubs are all run by volunteers and everyone has a responsibility to play a part in minimizing the risk. 

Please following canoe.ie/covid for resources and further updates from Canoeing Ireland 

Events

We are working to (re) schedule the following National Events.

Overload! – August 15th and 16th at Mullingar Harbour

Club Championships – (rescheduled) – will hope this will now take place 22nd and 23rd August at Mullingar Harbour (subject to Waterways Ireland Confirmation)

Irish Open – (will be rescheduled) – will be moved to September in Belfast (subject to confirmation, and NI Covid-19 Protocols)

Covid 19 – Phase 2 Guidelines

COVID 19 – Phase 2 impact for Canoe Polo 

 As we enter Phase 2, the Government Expert Group, Canoeing Ireland and HSE have published documents all relevant to our sport (references below)

We summarise below the major impact for Canoe Polo players and clubs during Phase 2 commencing Monday 8th June, 2020.

TRAINING ACTIVITY ONLY  – Phase 2 allows goup training, but NOT Polo matches or gameplay.  So in practical terms this means paddling drills, fitness drills or ball drills where each player has their own unshared ball.  All participants must be able to self rescue so no beginners.

CONTACT TRACING – You can now train in groups of up to 15, to include coaches.  Club organisers/group leaders should keep a log of all training session attendees, including contact details, to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.   

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HYGIENE – Nothing has changed in terms of the requirement to be at least 2 meters apart on and off the water. This means no boat to boat contact or tackling drills. All participants should adhere to the existing guidelines on hand and respiratory hygiene.  Wash or sanitise hands prior to training and immediately after.  Cover your nose and mouth if sneezing or coughing.

GOING TRAINING –  You are allowed to travel to training anywhere in your county (or outside your county subject to a maximum of 20km). Do not share the transport to training with others outside your household.  Do not congregate before or after training – 2m social distancing to be maintained at all times.   Do not train if you feel unwell or become unwell during training.    

FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT – Sharing of equipment should be avoided.  

PHASE 3 – Phase 3 details have not yet been announced.  The Government expert group is working with NGBs and will provide further Return to Play guidelines as we near phase 3 & 4. 

For your reference here are supporting documents with more detail on each of the above.

Canoeing Ireland – Return an Paddling – https://canoe.ie/2020/05/13/return-to-paddling-guidelines/

Government Appointed Expert Group on Sport (6th June) – https://www.sportireland.ie/sites/default/files/media/document/2020-06/expert-group-on-return-to-sport-guidance-document.pdf

 HSE – more detail on social distancing and Hygiene – https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

 

Covid 19 – Phase 1 Guidelines

As the COVID19 restrictions are gradually eased, we hope to be able to resume some Canoe Polo activities over the summer, but not just yet. https://www.facebook.com/canoepoloireland/posts/3514877158529295

Phase 1 in the Government guidelines allows some limited personal paddling activity to recommence. Please see attached guidance from Canoeing Ireland on getting back in the water for general paddling.

From 18th May this allows
– Groups of up to 4
– 2m social distancing on and off the water
– Observe hygiene rules
– No use of shared/club equipment or a shared ball
– Paddling only (no Polo drills, games or team sport)
– Flat Water paddling only, near bank/shoreline
– Must be able to self rescue
– Do not travel beyond 5km from your home
– Do not use changing rooms
– Please read the full document for further information that may be relevant to you

https://canoe.ie/2020/05/13/return-to-paddling-guidelines/

Covid-19 update – extended cancellations for April

New measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus announced by the government today mean we will be canceling events up to the end of April as well as putting a hold on squad training events.

These new guidelines are in response to the increased threat this virus is posing to our country, we’re all in this together and we can all play our part. Continue to strictly follow hygiene guidelines around handwashing, coughing, and cleaning surfaces, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and whenever possible remain in your homes.

Stay safe and keep an eye on the HSE website for the latest health information and Canoeing Ireland for updates relating to our sport

Covid-19 – domestic competitions canceled / postponed until end of March

Following recommendations outlined by Canoeing Ireland and the government we are suspending all domestic competitions until the end of March. All national squad training events and competitions will also be postponed. We ask that members and clubs follow the guidelines laid out by the HSE and Canoeing Ireland.

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