Your Committee for 2018/19

Name:  Keith Turner (Chairman & Coach)

  I learned to kayak on the River Severn as a Scout at the age of 10.  At 18 I used to borrow Scout kayaks and go with friends down the Severn from Arley to Bewdley.  At 20 I worked a summer season at PGL Holidays and learned some more skills, including how to roll.  Fast forward about 12 years with no paddling, I re-joined Scouts and became involved with the Activity Team for the County, got back in to kayaking and did my Level 1 Coaching Course.

I joined the Club in 2011 to progress my personal paddling away from the coaching environment of Scouts.  A couple of failed attempts at the Tryweryn saw me deciding to give up on moving water and stick to flat water coaching.  However, a summer of regular Knightwick sessions saw me move from flat water to Grade IV in 6 months and I haven't looked back since.  I love pushing my limits and running bigger rapids and waterfalls, but it is a constant battle of 'head-games' and by no means do I find them easy to overcome.  But that feeling when everything comes together and you nail your line down the biggest rapid of your life - THAT'S what it is all about!

Qualifications: 2* Canoe & Kayak, 3* Canoe & Kayak, Moderate Whitewater Leader (4 Star), FSRT, Whitewater Safety & Rescue, UKCC Level 1 Coach, REC Level 2 First aid (+AED)

Aspirations: L2 Coaching, Progress personal paddling to Grade V

Ideal paddling day: All of them - I aim to do something new every time I paddle, no matter if it's a club session or 30ft waterfall as long as I walk away and can identify something that was new, different or improved then it's been a good day.


Name: Laura Morrish (Committee Member)
Background: I first had a go at kayaking when I joined the Scouts county activity team.  My main role in the team was to do with horse riding and rock climbing, but I was always willing to lend a hand in other outdoor pursuits.  After around 6 months on flat water I had my first taste of white water in my recently acquired boat.  Taking a swim on a very cold day in Wales, made me decide to sell the boat (to Keith no less), and give up on the whole thing.  Little did I know that a few years later I would meet up with Keith again, and decide to give the kayaking thing another try with the club.

I’ve now been paddling again for a few months, overcoming the fear that had settled in to mind about white water, and with a lot of help and encouragement from the club I’ve made huge progress.  I’m now river running at Grade II, and testing myself in Grade III at times.  Although I still find ‘playing’ in waves a little nerve wracking!

Qualifications: 3* Kayak, REC Level 2 First Aid (+AED)
Aspirations: Getting my roll sorted and then moving on to start some coaching!

Ideal Paddling day: A nice Grade II run in the sunshine with friends

Name:  Gregg Watson (Committee Member & Quartermaster)  

Background: I first (properly) had a go in a kayak at one of WFCC’s pool sessions, my girlfriend asked me to come and give it a go, and upon arrival I was told “it’s addictive you know” and that was it, 2 years later and I am still hooked!

My first paddle on a river was at Symmonds Yat where I managed to drink half of the river Wye, since then I have done a fair bit of paddling mostly in north wales and with two trips to the French Alps ranging between grades 2-4

Qualifications: White Water Safety and Rescue.

Aspirations: I would like to get some coaching qualifications under my belt, when time permits 

Ideal paddling day: Anything really, I’m not a paddle snob, if it is running and I’m free let’s go!

Name: Trevor Cocks

Background: Having always been involved water sports:  Scuba Diving, Windsurfing & Water Skiing. In 2006 I decided to try Kayaking and joined the Wyre Forest Canoe Club and the BCU. I’ve been a member ever since. My White Water Kayaking has been in North Wales, Dartmoor, and the English Lakes. I have also had the opportunity to experience 8 Kayaking holidays in the Southern French Alps with club members.

Qualifications: 1* & 2* Kayak June 2006 3* Kayak Oct. 2009
4* training Oct. 2011 WWS&R Apr. 2013  Aquatic First Aid Level 1 & 2 July 2013

Aspirations: To assist with the general running of the club, and with the coaching of new members.

Ideal Paddling Day: A nice grade 2 to 3+ river with the sun shining, with friends/club members.