Neil Caffrey



December paddling and holidays

Training during December is as follows :


Classes running  Tuesday 3/12 and 10/12
No classes             Tuesday 17/12, 24/12, 31/12
Classes restart    Tuesday 7/1


Classes running Thursday 5/12, 12/12 and 19/12
No classes            Thursday 26/12 and 2/1
Classes restart   Thursday 9/1


Class running     Sunday 1 December
Pool Party            Sunday 8 December 11:30 – 13:30
No classes            Sunday 15/12, 22/12, 29/12
Classes restart   Sunday 19/1 of 4 weeks


Winter Slalom -Alva                                          Saturday 14 December a.m.
Christmas Party – Tillicoultry golf club    Saturday 14 December 4-7:15 p.m.
River Trip               Stanley to Thistlebrig    Saturday 21 December



British Open – Lee Valley – October 2019

Congratulations to Fiona Pennie winning the British Open at Lee Valley last weekend.  An inspiration to us all.

World Senior Champs – Seu D’Urgell, Spain – September 2019

Congratulations to Bradley Forbes-Cryans finishing 4th in the Senior Worlds.  He had put down 3 excellent runs to finish 7th and 8th in the qualification and semi final and narrowly missed a medal in the final.

This result was the final race for Senior Selection for the Tokyo Olympics and secured Bradley the K1 Man spot for Tokyo next summer.  An absolutely fantastic achievement.  We are all very proud.

Fiona Pennie finished 11th in the K1 Women and just missed a space in the final.  Fiona tied for points for the Olympic spot and is the reserve boat for Tokyo next summer.


World Junior Champs – Krakow – July 2019

Well done to Jonny Dickson finishing 4th in the Junior Worlds in Krakow.  All 3 GN Junior men qualified for the final showing the strength in K1 men at Junior level.  This follows on from finishing 7th in the Junior European champs.  Jonny, Ben and Etienne also won Gold in the World K1M Team event.



European Champs – Pau – June 2019

Well done to Sophie winning a Gold medal in the C1 women team event with Mallory and Kim.

The results in the individual categories were :

Fiona Pennie 11th K1W

Sophie Ogilvie 9th C1W

Bradley Forbes-Cryans 17th K1M

They all raced well on a challenging course.


Core Coach Award 

Last week, 5 of our club members completed their Level 2 Core Coach award with Steve MacDonald from Beyond Adventure.

Catie Thomson, Andy Thomson, Ellen Peden, Isla Kelly and Ben Kelly will do the Slalom coaching module in the autumn along with one of the Central Squad coaches, Gordon Cameron.

They just need some paddlers now to practice their skills on!


Holme Pierrepont  – Prem/Div 1 – May 25/26 2019

Congratulations to Jonny Dickson winning his first Prem race at 18.

Well done also to Murray, Claire and Ryan competing in their first Division 1 race at Holme Pierrepont after the hardest prem course on Saturday.  It will get easier!

Davy has written the following

Thanks to everyone for the support they have shown for Jonny’s first Premier race win at the weekend – it’s much appreciated ! I wanted to try and share some knowledge that we have gained on Jonny’s journey in canoe slalom so far. Hopefully this will help our younger paddlers and parents along the way on their journey’s.

While winning a Premier race as a junior may seem an incredible achievement – it is important to remember that Jonny did his first slalom race at our club site Alva 11 years ago when he was only 7 years old. It has been a very challenging and turbulent journey so far and he is still just really at the start of his racing career.

Canoe slalom is an incredibly challenging sport – physically, technically and mentally. Perhaps the biggest challenge young paddlers face is overcoming the fear of the white water – whether it’s the horse shoe fall at Fairnilee, Pinkston on 3 pumps, the top fall at Tully or the muncher and plug at HPP – everyone who takes on the challenge of the sport , at some stage has been terrified of these features and has had to step out their comfort zone and rise to these challenges. Eventually they master them and end up wondering what all the fuss was about. Some may learn quicker than others but if you stick at it – you will get there.

Success and learning is not a linear process, the journey is turbulent and full of highs and lows. It’s incredibly difficult for young athletes but also for their parents who just want their kids to be happy and achieve their goals. Be patient – the sport is incredibly technical and there is an awful lot to learn. Youngsters grow physically and mentally at different rates – don’t compare yourself and journey to others because they may be at a different development stage than you – even if they are the same age.

The most important thing is to enjoy the sport of canoe slalom and give yourself time to learn and develop in the sport – not everyone will go on to win the Olympic games but you will definitely have fun and grow as a person for the experiences and learning you have gained on your journey in this incredible sport.

feeling proud.”


Fairnilee 2/3 – May 11/12

Congratulations to Jonny Hendry winning the Division 2 K1 Mens race on Saturday and getting promoted to Division 1.  The winter training has paid off.

Well done to Logan Morrison winning his second Division 3 race of the season and Hannah Toovey winning her first Division 2 race this season.

Special mention to those racing at Fairnilee for the first time – Francesca, Adeline, Esme Gregor, Aidan and Nigel. It’s a big step up from Alva!



SCIO Charity Status

CR Cats are now registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation from 17 April 2019.


You can find us on the Scottish Charity regulator, OSCR


Our charity number is SCIO SC049230


May 10th 2019


Alva Div 3/4 – April 27/28

Well done to Alistair Thacker getting promoted to Division 3 this weekend.

April 30th 2019


Great Britain Senior Selection

Absolutely delighted with how all our paddlers raced over the last 3 days.

Congratulations to Fiona Pennie, Bradley Forbes-Cryans and Sophie Ogilvie for being selected for the Senior Team.

They will race in the Senior European Championships in Pau in May and the Senior World Championships in Sea D’Urgell in September.

Rebecca Ogilvie finished 9th overall and Jonny Dickson 10th overall.

April 30th 2019


Grandtully Pan Celtic Races

Well done to the CR CATS paddlers who raced for Scotland on 6 April and 13 April.  Great to see all the CR CATS paddlers training and racing so well.

Congratulations to Catie Thomson getting promoted to Premier after 3 races in C1 Women.

Congratulations to all our young ones Olivia Wears, Claire Wilson, Leah Cameron, Jonny Hendry, James Brown, Murray Robb, Ryan Mallon and Alex Thomson racing for Scotland in the Pan Celtic races.  This would never have been possible without the support of Sport Scotland DCI funding over the last 3 years.

April 14th 2019


CR CATS Easter Camps

CR Cats held their annual Easter Camps at Aberfeldy and Grandtully this week.  The sun shone and it was great to see so many paddlers having fun.

The camps finished with the Aberfeldy race on Friday 12 April where Logan Morrison won Div 3 and Gregor Jacques as promoted.

April 14th 2019


CR CATS Summer Program 2019 

CR CATS are running classes during the summer at Alva for all children and adults who are interested in learning to canoe.   Children and families from all across Forth Valley are welcome.  

March 30th 2019


March 2019 – GB Senior Selection – April 20-22

Good luck to Fiona Pennie, Bradley Forbes Cryans, Jonny Dickson, Sophie Ogilvie, Rebecca Ogilvie and Helen Rogers racing at Senior Selection.

March 30th 2019


GB Selection  – March 23/24 Holme Pierrepont and March 31 Lee Valley 

Well done to Jonny Dickson for winning Junior K1M selection and to Sophie Ogilvie for winning U23 C1W selection and also being selected for the U23 K1W team.  They will compete at the European U23 and Junior Champs at Liptovsky Mikulas from 4th-7th July and also the World U23 and Junior Champs at Krakow, Poland from 16th-21st July

March 30th 2019


AGM – 18 March 2019

The club held a successful well supported AGM at the Birds and Bees.  It was great to see the videos from Sophie, Rebecca, Jack and Vito along with talks from Ross and Murray.

March 20th 2019



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