The first ladies paddle symposium to be held in North Wales was a great success, and Fran Kohn did a fantastic job of organising the event, even booking good weather! The first ladies paddle symposium to be held in North Wales was a great success, and Fran Kohn did a fantastic job of organising the event, even booking good weather!
Here’s what Fran had to say:
‘From coaching on the Scottish Ladies Paddle Symposium last year I new we had to have one South of the Border, and no-one else was going to organise one for me, so I thought I might as well do it myself!
The main aim was to have a successful event where Ladies from different disciplines could get together and be in the majority for once! I wanted to provide a space where they could network with each other, build relationships and find some more paddling partners – and get some great professional coaching at the same time!
The Ladies were amazing, there was so much laughing and smiling over the whole weekend and the ladies were so enthusiastic, inspirational and supportive of each other and the event. I cannot wait to get started on organising the next one, we will be listening to all the feedback and making it bigger and better :)’
On offer for the weekend were courses and presentations in Sea kayaking, canoeing, white water, and also rafting! Very highly regarded coaches were on hand to run the courses, which ensured everyone would take away some very valuable skills from the weekend.
Saturday morning the sun was shining and everyone was ready to meet their coaches for a fun day of paddling. With great weather but low water, Some groups visited the Dee, and some headed off to the Tryweryn.
Saturday evening there was a happy vibe when we sat down to dinner. Everyone seemed to have had a very positive day and was excited to find out what everyone had been up to.
After dinner we all got together to listen to a variety of presentations, about various aspects of paddling.
First up was Diane Lee, who explained how she had fallen in love with canoeing after a drastic career change later in life. She made it clear that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
Second was Justine Curvengen, founder of Cackle TV Productions. She treated us to some clips from her videos, which were all excellent. I will certainly be sitting down to watch these! Find out more at cackletv.com.
Paula Volkmer was the third speaker, whose presentation focused on fear and being in control. She explained how some people kayak for the adrenaline rush and others enjoy the feeling of being in control. Her advice for success in whitewater paddling is to focus on the line you want to take and not the thing you are trying to avoid.
Sunday bought with it great weather again, and we were in for an enjoyable day paddling on the Dee.
This event was great to bring ladies together and find new people to paddle with! I’m sure everyone made lots of new friends and will be arranging more paddling trips with them in the future!
All round this event was a great success and I look forward to seeing lots of people again next time around!
Thanks again to Fran Kohn, and to everybody who helped out!