A development camp and judging seminar will run in Plattling, Germany when it plays host to two International Canoe Federation Canoe Freestyle World Cups. 

Paddlers aged 16 and over from nations with limited resources in coaching are being invited to attend the camp that will take place from May 20 to June 1. 

Maxi Montoya and Valerie Bertrand will be on hand to guide athletes through both on and off water sessions to work on basic skills. 

The ICF and the Host Organising Committee will provide accommodation right next to the feature, offering tent and sleeping gears, access to toilets and simple cooking facilities. 

Applications must be submitted by the National Federation by the deadline of April 24. 

The camp is limited to two athletes per country, respecting gender equity and they must be born in 2008 or before. 

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Once the application deadline has passed, the ICF development team will select 10 athletes invited for this camp. 

The ICF will access its criteria, including looking at the athlete’s Canoe Freestyle and whitewater skills and previous results and their participation at past continental and global development camps.

It will also look at the athlete's assessment provided by whitwater continental and international experts and consider the long-term strategy of the NF into the development of all the Canoe Freestyle events and whitewater disciplines at the national and continental levels.

As well as the development camp, Plattling will hold a judging seminar from June 2 to 4. 

Instructors Charlie Brackpool and Dan Daley will lead the three-day seminar that will see trainees receive a mixture of technical and practical sessions. 

Plattling will host back-to-back ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cups, with the first taking place from May 26 and May 28 followed by the second from May 30 to June 1. 

“It will be fantastic to welcome Canoe Freestyle paddlers to our development camp in Plattling,” said Terry Best, Chair of the ICF Canoe Freestyle Committee. 

“The camp is very important to the continual growth of our discipline as paddlers will receive top advice to improve their skills on the water. 

“The judging seminar is also essential as we look to enhance the quality of our Canoe Freestyle events.” 

Mr Brackpool added: “Under the guidance of a distinguished team of seasoned judges who have honed their skills on both sides of the judge's table, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the principles, techniques, and intricacies of freestyle kayaking judging.  

“From dissecting the technical elements of each manoeuvre to exploring the nuances of creativity and style, you will gain invaluable insights.  

“Engaging workshops and simulated judging scenarios will also provide ample opportunities to test your judging skills in real time. 

“Whether you're a seasoned judge looking to sharpen your skills or an enthusiast eager to enter the world of judging, we are eager to welcome you to expand your knowledge and join the team at future events worldwide.” 

For more information about the development camp, contact thomas.rosset@canoeicf.sport

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