Judging Canoe Slalom: 2009 Gates

This is a brief video to support the training of officials for gate judging in canoe slalom. The video was filmed at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium in July 2009 at the Selection Race for the World Championships. The gates used in the video comply with the ICF’s Canoe Slalom Competition Rules 2009 (see Sections 27-30 for information about Marking of the Gates (27), Negotiation (28), Penalties (29), and Signalling by the Judges (30)).

There is no audio commentary in the video to enable any user to create their own voice over. There is a water sound track. The video has an embed code. The video was compressed for this blog post (approximately 25 Mb). There is a 1Gb file available if required.

Key Points

  1. There are two sets of four gates.
  2. Gates 1-4 involve two of the new gate set ups. Gate 1 is a downstream gate where the paddler must pass to her or his right to negotiate the downstream gate correctly. Gate 4 is an upstream gate on the left side of the course. The video shows the gate line of both these gates.
  3. The sequence of Gates 14-17 has two ‘new’ gates and a split gate. Gate 14 is an upstream gate on the left side of the course. Gate 15 is a split gate and the paddler must negotiate it to her or his right of the top pole. Gate 17 is a downstream gate and the paddler must negotiate this to their left of the single pole hanging over the water.
  4. Examples of paddlers negotiating the course are included in the video.

Note that the video illustrates the potential lines of recirculation for gate 1 if a paddler misses the pole to the left.

The video is included here under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Australia licence.


I have been working through a great deal of archived material of late. I have managed to save most of my on-line work since 1991 and have stored it in a variety of locations. At some point I am keen to return to a decade of rugby union performance data that I have on file!

Amidst a lot of other material I have found a copy of a presentation I made at the Sports Coach 1998 Conference in Melbourne, Australia. I have posted the presentation (Working to Enhance Performance) on SlideShare. Discovering the presentation in the archive reminded me that I had asked permission from a local company in Wales to take with me one of the first commercially available digital cameras.

I had the opportunity to try out the camera in advance and used it with my coaching group at Symonds Yat before I flew to Melbourne for the conference. I used the camera in Melbourne too to illustrate my talk. I thought that was quite an innovative thing to do at the time.

Melbourne 01

This is the presentation:

By coincidence I met again last week one of the coaches who attended my talk in Melbourne. We had an opportunity to talk about developments in professional sport coaching and the convergence of technologies that seemed such a prospect in 1998 but is now part of our taken-for-grantedness of everyday life. Our meeting reminded me too about the biographical part of knowledge sharing and that innovation and early adoption of ideas are an important dynamic in the pursuit of excellence.

A Grand Day Out (In Rural New South Wales)

Today I had a delightful day out in rural New South Wales. I had the opportunity to meet with Tracey Dickson and her colleagues, Gordon Waddington, Stephen Trathen and Roger Adams at the Snowy Region Visitors’ Centre at Jindabyne. (For an example of their work see this paper on hydration and all day skiing, and this on wrist injuries.)


I had two options of route from Mongarlowe to Jindabyne and I chose the gravel road route.


It was a beautifully sunny day and the gravel road was very smooth and well maintained. My journey down coincided later down the route with many of the rural school buses converging on Cooma.

After a delightful meeting discussing interdisciplinary approaches to the study of snow sports I started my journey home and as it was still light I returned on the gravel road. To my absolute delight my trip home was interrupted not far after Farrington by a road full of goats. Fortunately I had my camera with me to document not a zebra crossing nor a pelican crossing but a goat crossing!




This is what you might call a no-kidding post!