March 10, 2020

So after travelling down to spectate for Galway Fest in 2019 we instantly knew we had to take part in 2020. 

We waited excitedly, watching the Galway fest Facebook page waiting for news on tickets. Primed for the countdown waiting for the ticket release we bag...

January 28, 2019

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Having spent so many years building the club and making sure all of our members progress, I have been very guilty of not having given enough one to one time with my own kids. This last year Brianna our eldest has progressed probably because a...

December 6, 2018

So! The car was packed the night before and an early start for the day. Anything before 12 on a Sunday is early, so this was stupid early. Twenty past eight and into the car for the quick sprint up to the Avonmore river at Annamoe. Well! all the way up to the Wicklow G...

November 26, 2018

“You’re ready for level 3 assessment” he says. “It will be a breeze” he says.

No sane person would get up this early on a Sunday morning to be at Clashganny, Kilkenny at 9:00am for a 9:30 start. It was a choice between a warm bed and a cold river and I chose cold river....

November 14, 2018

Running a club is fulfilling to see personal development for each of the members within. The feeling that each year as the club grows in strength and ability is certainly a driving force in why I commit so much time to running it.

The only draw back is that as a coach y...

April 18, 2018

 As with the modern evolution - Balto kayak club is moving with the times

During the winter pool session were all booked online and afforded us a masiive tool to manage sessions, ensuring we filled them enough to cover costs but also to plan equipment in adnvance and en...

April 18, 2018

Its been a busy few weeks but not actually paddling much. The start of season has seen a fantastic Saint Patricks day parade and a flurry of activity to get the boats and gear into shape for the fun ahead in 2018.

We have always ran as a self funded club and have n...

March 21, 2018

When I was a child I was brought up to love the water , we kayaked as a family and my sister kayaked for our borough . My dad loved sub aqua also and I spent my whole childhood in the water learning to respect and love it. Fast forward a good few

years , I meet a gymnas...

March 20, 2018

I joined Balto Kayak Club last May with my daughter Kate! Kate was on the verge of starting secondary school and I really wanted to find an activity that might help us navigate the teenage years! What I didn't anticipate was all the genuine fun and belly laughs of doin...

March 19, 2018

Billy joined BKC last year as a shy 8 year old. He has blossomed in the club. It has all been fun for him. He has learnt so much unknown to himself and has become so much more confident in himself. Chris and John and all the other instructors have been so kind and pati...

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