Department of Sport

Nottinghamshire BUCS Canoe Slalom success for university athletes


University of Nottingham athletes competed at the recent BUCS Canoe Slalom Championships on both February 12 and 13. Held in Nottingham at the National Water Sports Centre in Holme Pierrepont, the #GreenandGold made their mark on another superb weekend of canoe action. The bitter February weather did nothing to affect the quality of our canoeists as the university came away with multiple medals from both days, across both individual and team events. 

Following on from the university’s success in the first BUCS canoe event of the season, Saturday’s competitive action saw a clean sweep of the medals in the Men’s Kayak (K1) event as David Paterson claimed gold ahead of teammates Matthew Curry and Ed Dickinson who won silver and bronze respectively, whilst Reilly Vernon just missed out on a medal in fourth. In the Women’s Saturday event of Canoe (C1), Louise Fernie claimed a brilliant bronze, just ahead of fellow Nottingham canoeist Rachel Ellis who finished a valiant fourth. However, in the last event of the day, Fernie and Ellis combined alongside Macy Kang to win gold for the University of Nottingham in the Mixed Teams Single Run event, which saw three boats per team and was open to all boats of either gender except Men’s K1. The trio celebrated on the top step of the podium for this event alongside teammates Evie Fletcher, Kayleigh Parsons and Tazmin Brown, who secured bronze ahead of another Nottingham trio (Ed Dickinson/Gabriel Keen, David Paterson/Finn Reilly-McQueen, Ben Pamplin).

Moving into the second day of competition on the Sunday, individually Macy Kang narrowly missed out on another medal in the Women’s Kayak (K1) finishing fourth, whilst the team events brought brilliant success for our athletes. In the Canadian Doubles Ed Dickinson and Gabriel Keen brought home the gold, whilst Evie Fletcher and Kayleigh Parsons finished ahead of fellow Nottingham duos Ellis and Fernie, and Paterson and Reilly-McQueen in fourth and fifth respectively, to claim bronze. Ending the weekend strong, our athletes took home one more gold in the last event of the event – the Open Teams Single Run, which is made up of three boats of any gender per team. Gabriel Keen, Matthew Curry and Reilly Vernon combined to finish a fantastic first, earning a gold medal ahead of Nottingham trio Daniel Ischebeck, Louise Fernie and Rachel Ellis who took home the last medal of the weekend earning bronze, ahead of Paterson, Dickinson and Reilly-McQueen in fourth.

Congratulations to all our athletes who competed so well in testing conditions across the championships. The University finished with another superb medal haul which included four gold medals, one silver and five bronze.

On the weekend’s success, UoN Kayak’s Competition Sec. Aidan Silcock said:

Both Kayak and Canoe Polo, put out a great showing over the weekend with 16 club members competing over the weekend. Everyone had a great time even if did get a bit wet from going for a swim. I am very proud of everyone for competing, and giving it there full effort. Members competed in a variety of different disciplines from K1 to C2 as well as team. There was a great team spirit from everyone with lots of encouragement for fellow members. A great time was had by all and if anyone is interested in getting involved in the future get in contact with either Kayak or Canoe Polo.”


Full Results

Men’s Kayak – 1st; David Paterson | 2nd; Matthew Curry | 3rd; Ed Dickinson | 4th; Reilly Vernon

Women’s Canoe – 3rd; Louise Fernie | 4th; Rachel Ellis

Mixed Teams – 1st; Rachel Ellis, Louise Fernie, Macy Kang | 3rd; Evie Fletcher, Kayleigh Parsons, Tazmin Brown | 4thEd Dickinson/Gabriel Keen, David Paterson/Finn Reilly-McQueen, Ben Pamplin

Women’s Kayak – 4th; Macy Kang

Open Teams – 1st; Gabriel Keen, Matthew Curry, Reilly Vernon | 3rd; Daniel Ischebeck, Louise Fernie, Rachel Ellis | 4thDavid Paterson, Ed Dickinson, Finn Reilly-McQueen

Canadian Doubles – 1st; Ed Dickinson, Gabriel Keen | 3rdEvie Fletcher, Kayleigh Parsons | 4th; Rachel Ellis, Louise Fernie 


For a full round-up of results, please visit;


Canoe Medals


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Posted on Tuesday 22nd February 2022

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