In separate statements, both UK Sport and British Canoeing said they were "disappointed" the legal process known as 'Maxwellisation' - whereby those criticised are given the opportunity to respond - was still ongoing, and that they they could not comment further as a result. British Canoeing - which has undergone a change of leadership since the allegations were raised - also said it was "very concerned" that the draft report had been leaked.
But the following year an independent review into "governance, corporate responsibility and behaviour" between and with regard to "allegations around the conduct and behaviour of individuals" employed by the organisation was launched. It came after allegations surfaced about a coach who was suspended and then resigned amid a disciplinary investigation.
A former Met Police officer was appointed to lead the investigation and report to a panel of three lawyers selected by arbitrators Sport Resolutions. The much-delayed findings - eventually delivered to British Canoeing more than a year late at the end of - are yet to be turned into a final report.
In a statement British Canoeing said: "In April , several serious allegations were brought to the attention of British Canoeing and as a result, UK Sport and British Canoeing jointly commissioned Sport Resolutions UK to carry out an independent investigation into British Canoeing's governance, corporate responsibility and behaviour with regard to how it dealt with these allegations at the time.
The coach declined to comment, but the BBC understands he was not interviewed as part of the review after declining to take part, and that he denies any wrongdoing. British Canoeing's independent review in came amid a raft of athlete welfare controversies in elite performance programmes at a host of other publicly-funded sports governing bodies, including British Cycling and British Swimming.
Since then, UK Sport has taken a number of steps designed to improve duty of care and welfare, including a public consultation, new funding for the British Athletes Commission, a culture survey, and a new Sports Integrity department. For the full list of London canoe slalom athletes in the respective four classes click here. In the posts coming up this week we will take a look at the significance of the Olympics versus World Championships, World Cup and European Championships. What implication does this have on London or on future Olympics?
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I apologise sincerely for any errors in the above lists. Forgive me but please comment and correct me! Over the last week we have examined the four classes in turn, examined basic and advanced slalom technique and considered how to take great pictures. It makes sense therefore now to share what is planned on which days of the canoe slalom at the Lee Valley whitewater centre, situated between Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey. The competition starts on Sunday July 29th and finishes on Thursday August 2nd.
It will be 5 days of thrilling, tense and exhilarating competition watched either from the spectacular 12, sweater stadium or on TV. Heats: The heats comprise two timed runs down the course to which penalties in seconds will be added. There are 2 seconds for a touch on a gate and 50 seconds for missing or incorrectly negotiating the course.
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The better of the two timed runs, including penalties are used to rank the paddlers after the heat. Competitors go off at 2 minute and 30 second intervals, so each competitor is expected to finish before the next competitor crosses the start line. Semi-finals: This is run in reverse order of the heats, with the winner of heat off last from the start.
The semi-final comprises one timed run down a new course to which penalties as above are added. Final: This is run in reverse order of the semi-final, with winner of semi-final off last from the start.
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This is one timed run down the same course as the semi-final to which penalties are added. Fastest time will be London Olympic champion! Sunday July 29th First run of the C1 heat start at 1. There will be 17 C1 boats in the heats.
Second run of the C1 heat start at 3. The order will be the same as the first run. Second run of the K1M heat start at 4. Monday July 30th First run of the C2 heat start at 1. There will be 14 C2 boats in these heats. First run of the K1W heat start at 2. There will be 21 K1W boats in these heats. Second run of the C2 heat starts at 3.
Second run of the K1W heat start at 4. Tuesday July 31st First of the semi-finals with the C1 starting at 1. There will be 12 C1 boats in the semi-final going in reverse order of their finish in the heat from Sunday. The winner of the heat will be the last off. The semi-final is made up of one run only. Final run of the C1 as decider for the Olympic medals, starting at 3. There will be only 8 boats remaining for the final comprising one run on the same course as the semi-final. The day concludes ten minutes after the field of play is called clear with the C1 Olympic medal ceremony.
Ends 3. Wednesday August 1st Semi-final of K1M starting at 1.
There will be 15 boats in the semi-final going in reverse order of their finish in the heat from Sunday. Final run of K1M as decider for the Olympic medals. There will be only 10 boats remaining for the final comprising one run on the same course as the semi-final. The day concludes ten minutes after the field of play is called clear with the K1M Olympic medal ceremony.
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Thursday August 2nd Semi-final of the C2 starting at 1. There will be 10 boats in the semi-final going in reverse order of their finish in the heat from Monday. The winner of the heat is last off. The semi-final is one run only. Semi-final of the K1W starting at 2. There will be 15 K1W boats in the semi-final going in reverse order of their finish in the heat from Monday. Final run of C2 as decider for the Olympic medals starting at 3. There will only be 6 C2 boats remaining for the final. Final run of the K1W as decider for the Olympic medals starting at 3.
There will only be 10 K1W boats remaining for the final. The 5 days of Olympic canoe slalom competition concludes with the C2 and K1W medal ceremony after the field of play is called clear. Ends 5pm. We all go home, some happy, some sad and prepare for Rio in ! Canoe slalom has an incredible appeal through the lens of a camera as well as making stunning TV coverage.
I asked Michael Barnett recently what appealed most to him about canoe slalom, his personal favourites. It is a living breathing element and is therefore exciting to photograph as it changes constantly.
This makes each photo different. Yes the composition can be similar but the action is always different. Even when shooting at 10 frames per second. The changes can be astounding. There are two images of mine [Michael]which I am particularly proud of and both were taken at the Senior Selection event at Le e Valley during One is of David Bain and I think I have captured the power of the whitewater as it has thrown his boat nearly out of the water and David looks so calm and concentra ted.
My f avourite c lass is C2. Having to get two athletes in focus when shooting at low apertures to increase shutter speed can be very challenging.
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We are also lucky in Great Britain as we have two of the best C2 crews in the World on our shores and the battles these boats undertake at selections can be very entertaining. As it happens I am not a complete novice myself behind a camera and have my own personal favourites from Nottingham, Bourg St Maurice and Bala , ironically all taken with the now old fashioned 35mm SLR camera! There is something wonderful and magical about the atmosphere of the natural river venues that is hard to recreate in photographs of artificial courses like Lee Valley.
So what did I learn? If you have a good understanding of the sport then I think planning the perfect shots is key. If you sit by a breakout gate and watch the paddlers you start to understand on what their eyes are focussed, like the outside red and white upstream gate and so if you line yourself up just right you can be looking straight into the eyes as they approach. Also as the boat comes in the eddy it is slowing making it a little easier to focus and avoid a blurred image.