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Paddling for those with disabilities

Paddling with a Disability

Groups from MENCAP, BUILD Disability Group, and the Hamlet Centre Trust have regularly visited the club. We also have individual disabled members who paddle open canoe in the warmer months and others who join in club training as preparation for racing.

Specialist coaching

We have three specialist Paddle-Ability coaches who additional skills for coaching those with disabilities or impairments.   They are Julie Hicks, Martin Matthews and Tim Scott (2013 BCU Paddle-Ability Coach of the Year runner up) who have all attended coach disability courses at Paddle-Ability conferences run by British Canoeing. They are supported by many other coaches with experience of coaching paddlers with disabilities. Martin Matthews can advise on adaptive equipment or specialist clothing as he worked with Olympic para-canoeists in this area.

Specialist boats and equipment

NCC have adapted K1s (kayak for one paddler) that are extremely stable, and an adapted K2s (kayak for two paddlers) that enables amputees to steer with a knee / foot system as well as extremely stable open-top Canadian canoes. Our clubhouse has wheelchair ramps and lift access to changing and social facilities on the first floor above the boathouse.

Sprint and marathon racing

If you want to race, you can. If you get really good there is even the chance to try out for the Paralympics. British Canoeing’s vision is to be the No 1 Olympic and Paralympic Canoeing Nation with quality and depth of excellence in all that we do. Why not start you Paralympic career at Norwich?

Want to talk to someone?

If you would like to talk about the Paddle-Ability sessions available, please contact the Paddle-Ability Co-ordinator, Martin Matthews. He can be contacted on paddleability@norwichcanoeclub.co.uk.

Or complete the form below….

Please write you message to the Paddle-Ability Coordinator
If you wish you can provide an outline of your disability/uniqueness here

A story of an amputee’s rehabilitation and how the challenge took him to Norwich Canoe Club and back to an old love – kayaking. Many thanks to Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust and Lambda Films for granting permission for the Club to use the film



Paddle technique, starting technique, turns, portaging, crew boats, wash hanging, boat set up, equipment set up etc
Race planning, wash hanging, portaging, stroke rates, etc
Periodisation, Anatomic development, Metabolic development, functional movement, nutrition, etc
Goal setting, motivation, self-confidence, visualisation, self talk etc,