Callie Halliday – Canoe Slalom

Callie Halliday - Competition

 Canoe Slalom (Ladies C1)

Date Of Birth – 2nd December 1993

Place Of Birth – Worcester

Height – 165cm (5ft 6in)

Weight – 68kg (150 lb)

Coaches – Gaz Wilson (GB ladies C1 coach)

Nick Fowler (Strength and conditioning and off water training)

Clubs – Worcester Canoe Club and Cheltenham Canoe Club

Level – National

GB ranking – 7th

 I first started canoeing/kayaking when I was 11 and I joined the school canoe club. I started competing on the slalom circuit at aged 12. I quickly worked my way up the divisions paddling a K1. At aged 14 I decided to switch to C1 and haven’t looked back. I have also competed in freestyle kayak.

I have represented England as a junior ladies C1 individual and team and a junior ladies K1. I am currently the youngest girl on the England C1 senior ladies team. I travelled as the GB junior ladies reserve to Plattling in Germany for the World Freestyle Championships in June 2011.  September2012  ended with the final Pan Celtic race of the season where I represented England senior ladies in C1, helping England to a much deserved win over the home nations.  The final race of the season was in early November at Lee Valley, on the Olympic course at the British Open slalom.  Only the top ranking paddlers in the country are eligible to race at the open, so the competition was always going to be tough, but after qualifying for the semi final in 6th place on the Saturday, I was very pleased to finish overall in 4th place.  My efforts this year have been rewarded as I have been invited by Canoe England to be part of their winter training programme.  This means that I will have access to more top class coaching, sports physio, nutrition advice and also some sports psychology advice.

I train for around 20 hours a week. This consists of white water training at Cardiff White Water Centre, and Nottingham White Water Centre. I have Gym sessions 2-3 times a week. I also have swimming and running timetabled into my programme.

I compete in the Prem/1 division of the National league. This takes me all over Great Briatin. As far North as Grantully in Scotland, West to Llandysul in South Wales, Bala in North Wales, South to Shepperton on the Thames and Lee Valley, The Olympic Course. Then in Between to The Tees Barrage in Middlesex, The Washburn and Abbey Rapids in Yorkshire and many more.

2007 – June -promoted from division 4 to division 3 (K1 women)
September – promoted from division 3 to division 2 (K1 women)
2009 – August – promoted to division 2/3 (C1 women)
September – promoted to division 1 (K1 women)
2010 – August – promoted to prem/1 division (C1 women)
2011 – April – represented England at the Scottish leg of the Pan Celtic slalom in Junior ladies C1, junior ladies team C1 and junior ladies K1.
May – represented England at the English leg of the Pan Celtic slalom in junior ladies C1 and junior ladies team C1.
June – Attend the World Freestyle Kayak Championships as the junior ladies reserve.
July – promoted to prem/1 division in C2
October – represented England at the Welsh leg of the Pan Celtic slalom in junior ladies C1
2012 – April – represented England at the Scottish leg of the Pan Celtic slalom in senior ladies C1

International experience
In 2011 I was lucky enough to attend the world freestyle kayak championships in Germany. I also attended a 2 week training camp at a World Class slalom venue in A’rgentierre la besse in the French Alps. This year I have been invited to Italy to train with some of the Italian team, and I am also going to training camps in Ausberg, Germany and a World Class slalom site in Prague. I am only able to do this with the help of grants from the local community (Malvern Rotary, Lions Club, The Chase Association and The Young Explorers Trust).

To continue to work hard this year in the hope that I will qualify for the GB under 23’s selection next year.
To improve my ranking in GB.

Sponsorship and grants
Over the last year I have had some help so that I could buy a new canoe. My thanks go to;

Sport Worcester
The Joanna Brown Trust
Malvern Hills District Council
The Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust

I also get sponsorship from –
Stitch Rowing providing me with kit
Malvern College with a gym swim membership
Andrew Jelley Opticians free contact lenses and eye care

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