The International Canoe Federation has announced it is expanding its online webinar series, following the outstanding success of the first three presentations of the series.

Another two webinars have been added to the schedule - a presentation on anti-doping, and a presentation on how to train athletes to paddle faster.

The additions bring to eight the total number of webinars scheduled by the ICF for 2020, a year when usual development programs have been severely curtailed by the Covid pandemic.

The opening three webinars, which focused on athlete development and training differences between male and female athletes, were watched live by hundreds of coaches, athletes and technical officials from all corners of the globe.

The webinars are available online for participants in time zones where viewing live is difficult.

ICF development manager, Sebastian Cuattrin, said the online presentations have struck a chord with the canoeing community.

“This year has presented many challenges for our canoeing community, but has also presented new opportunities,” Mr Cuattrin said.

“Whenever you start a new venture, there is a question mark over the willingness of your potential audience to embrace something new. What we have seen from our webinar series is that the canoeing community is really interested in what we have to offer.

“By presenting a diverse range of topics, and engaging top international experts, we are giving participants incredible access to world-class material.”

On Wednesday, September 30, former British and Spanish canoe sprint coach Alexandr Nikonorov will present “How to train your athletes to paddle faster”. Nikonorov, who has more recently worked with the Chinese and Japanese canoe teams, is the author of several books on kayak training.

One week later, on October 7, Brazilian anti-doping education and prevention manager, Dr Christian Trajano, will host a webinar titled “Anti-doping education – keeping canoeing clean”.

Full details and registration information for the remaining five webinars can be found here.

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