Rafa Ortiz gives me some tips

Soon after I began paddling, I discovered a film called Chasing Niagara which documented Red Bull kayaker, Rafa Ortiz as he hatched a plan to kayak over Niagra Falls. Watching him kayak through treacherously dangerous but incredibly beautiful rivers involving descents from great heights was mezmerizing. Rafa has run some of the biggest waterfalls in […]

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Roff & Co – digital magicians

It’s safe to say that 2018 has been a year of acquiring new skills. I can now paddle forwards, backwards, roll upside down and come back up again, and I can just about stay upright on fast-moving water on a good day. Sadly, my technology skills have not made quite the same progress, so thank […]

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Watch my latest training video!

I shudder slightly when I think that I’m now more than half way through my training programme. July is looming, and being somewhat of a perfectionist, I’m unnecessarily concerned that I’m not quite where I should be by now. Having spent time in the company of accomplished kayakers I have set my sights on the […]

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How the funds will be spent. Marian Boswall, Landscape Architect, explains…

The Blackthorn Trust, based in Maidstone, Kent, is a supportive therapeutic environment in which people can recover, grow and develop. Their work is based on the belief that more than medication is required to affect positive change in people: namely community, meaningful work, therapeutic and peer support, and daily routine. Blackthorn uses a person-centred approach […]

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Rowan Blewett – event manager extraordinaire

Meet Rowan. Always calm and collected, she has been working away in the background to find us the creature comforts we need – somewhere to sleep, eat and hang out together when we’re not on the rivers. It sounds simple, except that since the beginning we’ve been unable to tell her exactly how many people […]

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Jason Dodd – early adopter of wild ideas

In November 2017 I visited Jason Dodd at his office in Canterbury to make a poster to advertise the Blackthorn Trust Christmas fair. It took no time at all, I’d put my coat on and I had my hand on the door handle to leave. Just before I opened the door he said, “so, is […]

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A rare sight

This is David Abra. He prefers to be on the other side of the camera, so Jason stole this shot of him while he was concentrating on filming. I met David at my first ever pool session. The following week he turned up with an armful of Go Pros and a camera, and so the […]

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