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1,000 sports enthusiasts to descend on Waterford and Kilkenny for Paddlefest 2013 April 6&7

OVER 1,000 canoeists, kayakers, paddlers and sports enthusiasts from across Ireland and the UK are to descend on Waterford and Kilkenny early next month for Paddlefest 2013, an international celebration of adrenalin-pumping sport and fun.

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership (KRSP) has confirmed that PaddleFest 2013 is coming to Waterford and Kilkenny on the 6th and 7th April. The weekend-long event will see novice and expert canoeists, kayakers and paddlers from Ireland and abroad descend on Tramore in Waterford and on various parts of Kilkenny for a series of workshops, competitions and awe-inspiring displays.

Over 1000 participants are expected to take to the rivers to train, try out new activities and develop the sport with the HUB indoor arena, Cillin Hill, on the edge of the city, as their base. Workshops, displays, demonstrations and adrenalin pumping water-based activities are planned throughout the city as well as in Tramore, Clashganny, Graiguenamanagh and St Mullins, on the Carlow border. All are designed to help existing enthusiasts hone their skills and encourage more land lovers to take to the water.

This is the first year that the event will be held in the Republic of Ireland and a lot of work has already been carried out by Canoeing Ireland and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland to ensure Paddlefest 2013 has something for everyone – be they beginners or competing athletes, according to KRSP Recreation and Sports Development Officer, Caitriona Corr.

Participants will choose four workshops to attend over the weekend. Canoeing Ireland are accepting registrations up to Friday next, March 15 and the cost, which includes transport between venues and food, is €60 for adults; €50 for students and just €40 for juniors.

Beginners are welcome to sign up with Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership for Paddlefest Activities. Taster sessions will take place on either day and an introductory course will run over the full weekend.

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