Matlock Canoe Club are devastated at the theft of their entire fleet of kayaks used to introduce beginners to the sport.
The club has battled against the odds to get back on it’s feet and had just managed to complete their first beginner course for three years.
In November 2019 floods wiped them out. Their slalom gates were swept away and the floodlights submerged and ruined. A grant from Sport England enabled them to start work to fix the damage and then Covid struck. They weren’t able to work on the site and it was months later that repair work was completed. Further lockdowns meant they weren’t able to offer their beginner course. Then in February 2022, they were hit again by floods!
They are trying to stay positive and yesterday finished on a positive note when they heard that their National slalom event, that had to be postponed after the February floods, will be able to go ahead in October. This most popular annual slalom event has not taken place since March 2019. Club secretary Donna Hawkins says,” Just as we are getting our heads above water after floods and covid - our container is broken into! Matlock Slalom WILL go ahead come hell or high water!”