20 News 21 185 Burnley School children combine science & Canoeing on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Scott Simon wins Invictus Games bronze The Canal & River Trust waterway charity hosted a week-long programme of free canoeing and science activities for local schoolchildren in Burnley.185 schoolchildren from Year 5 & 6 combined a morning or afternoon of canoeing along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Burnley with an indoor hands-on science workshop, designed to help explain factors that affect whether an object sinks or floats. This new programme, held between 25 and 29 September, was part of a whole host of initiatives the Canal & River Trust offers to schools free of charge and was run in conjunction with its Desmond Family Canoe Trail, the UK’s first coast-to-coast canoe route, which runs through Burnley. Congratulations to Scott Simon, Paracanoe Head Coach, after winning a bronze medal at the 2017 Invictus Games. Competing in powerlifting, Scott claimed third place for the UK in the Men’s Heavyweight final with a result of 175.00. British Canoeing links with Sport and Recreation Alliance Ben Seal and Richard Atkinson, from the British Canoeing Places to Paddle Team, were delighted to meet Sport and Recreation Alliance Board Member, Anne Usher MBE at the Sport and Recreation Alliance in London on 29th Sept 2017. The two organisations met to discuss how they can work closer together to ensure that a much greater voice is delivered from the sport and recreation sector in relation to getting much needed access onto our waterways so as people and communities can be more active and enjoy England and Wales beautiful natural environments in a responsible and sustainable manner. Click here to read more Click here to read more Dudley and Netherton Tunnel tour a huge success! Click here to read more Look out for next years date: Saturday April 28th 2018. Click here to read more On Saturday 21st October, 53 paddlers took to the waters around Dudley to explore the elusive Dudley and Netherton tunnel system which is only open to canoes and kayaks on a few days a year.