Aboyne Canoe Club SCIO
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Jk 'retires'

‘The Kayak Strikes Back’


This was the title of the Chairman’s report of 2013 to sum up the last year for Aboyne Canoe Club.  2013 has seen ‘a steady and in some cases predictable, increase in the use of the kayaks whilst the canoes hold steady’.  At the club AGM on the 16th February 2013 this was to be Jonathan Kitching’s (JK) final report as founder chair of Aboyne Canoe Club.  In the first meeting of the club on the 3rd November 2004 JK floated the idea about setting up a club in Aboyne.  JK said that:

      ‘Aboyne had everything needed to create a club – The River Dee, Loch, Swimming pool, interested people and most important of all a pub by the river – The Boat Inn’


In that meeting people wanted a club that:

  • Had kayaks and canoes
  • Catered for young people and families
  • There was access to equipment
  • Training and development of skills
  •  Had a Social aspect


All these have been achieved and more over his time as chair. Ever since then the club has gone from strength to strength.  In JK’s chairman’s report he said:


      ‘The club, with the greatest membership numbers it has ever had at around 170, has a    very different make up now to when things started 8 years ago.  The clutch of tiddlers        that used to peer over the gunnels of canoes have in most cases grown up and are now          independent paddlers in their own right.  I like the fact that despite this growing up     phase of the club and changing of the club’s shape, we continue to have about half the       members as juniors and we have half male and half female.  A family club!’


Below are some of the highlights of the first year of the club and the subsequent years:

  • Inaugural meeting – 19th Jan 2005, The first committee was formed made up of eight individuals.


  • Membership in the first year was £25 for families, £15 adults and £5 for juniors.  This has only increased by £5 in eight years, a testament to the fundraising and funding applications to develop and sustain the club.


  • The first event was held on Sunday 24th April 2005 – Not on Aboyne Loch as it was intended.  A club access issue that has come back into the limelight recently.


  • First AGM on Saturday 4th Feb 2006 – 29 people attended, 113 members in total, 17 trips ran over the year and £1500 in the bank.


  • Other highlights over the last eight years have been a club logo, website, affiliations, paperwork (maybe not a highlight), ceilidhs and other social events, countless pool/river/flatwater sessions and trips, courses, equipment purchases galore and a shed to store them all in.


A message was read out at the AGM from one of our far flung members and our equipment shed owner (currently enjoying 30 degrees temperatures in Addis Abbaba).  Karen Laurenson said in her message to JK:

‘I have to say one of my most life-enhancing experiences in the last few years      have been out on the river with you, whether a sparkling and sharp September day      from Invercauld to Ballater when we could have been in Canada, or a bracing April             one on the Avon. THANK YOU….and hope it doesn’t stop now!’       
            Karen, Pippa and Katie xxxx

My first job as incoming Chair was to propose a vote of thanks to JK for his eight years service to the club.  As a thank you for his dedication to the club as a paddler, coach and inspiration JK was presented with a trophy paddle with a difference.  We knew JK didn’t manage all this on his own so on the back of the paddle was a plaque to the Chairman’s Technical Assistant - Dale Kitching.  Both were awarded the trophy along with various gifts.


I’m sure Jonathan (ACC’s Obi Wan Kenobi) aims to relax from running the club, enjoy paddling and will continue to coach and inspire paddlers in the club.  It’s been a pleasure!


Chris Redmond


Obi Wan Kenobi’s apprentice

Aboyne Canoe Club


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