St Andrews University Canoe Club

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St Andrews University Canoe Club
Motto Guaranteed to get you wet
Type Canoe Club
Established 1974–75 [1]
Location St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK
Affiliations University of St Andrews Athletic Union, Scottish Canoe Association
A member of the club paddling 'right angle' on the river Etive

The University of St Andrews Canoe Club, abbreviated to StAUCC, is a sports club at the University of St Andrews. The club's primary focus is recreational whitewater kayaking, but it also engages in other aspects of paddlesport, including surf kayaking, sea kayaking and canoeing.[2] Additionally, members of StAUCC take part in various competitive kayaking disciplines, such as whitewater slalom, canoe polo and wildwater racing.[3]

StAUCC is affiliated to the University of St Andrews Athletic Union[4] and to the Scottish Canoe Association.[5] The club was founded for the academic year of 1974–1975,[1] the earliest known captain of the club was Gordon Harwell in 1981.[6]

The club is based in St Andrews mainly operating out of their boat shed near East Sands[7]


As of 2014, the club is governed by a committee of 14 positions,[6] the club captain leads the club but their role is more administrative than the name suggests, with the vice/competition's captain being responsible for leading competitive endeavours.[8]


The club competes nationally at British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) events, including canoe polo, wildwater racing and canoe slalom.[9][10]

BUCS Wild Water Racing results[edit]

As of 2014[11]

Year Position BUCS Points
2013/14 8th 6
2012/13 DNS -
2011/12 5th 5
2010/11 5th 16
2009/10 8th 2
2008/09 11th 0

BUCS Canoe Slalom results[edit]

As of 2014[12]

Year Position BUCS Points
2013/14 4th 7
2012/13 3rd 10
2011/12 5th 13
2010/11 3rd 13
2009/10 7th 5
2008/09 8th 1

The club also competes within Scotland at the Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Canoe polo tournament in Glasgow[13] and at the canoe polo Scottish division tournaments which are organised by the Scottish Canoe Association.[14]

Appearance in media[edit]

In 2007, the club was featured on BBC's Coast[15] as part of a segment on student life at the university of St Andrews.

The club undertakes charitable and outreach work, they have worked with Sense Scotland in the past to help people with various disabilities enjoy canoeing and kayaking, one of these was reported on in the Perthshire Advertiser[16]

The club is also regularly featured in the university's student media.[17][18]

Notable Members[edit]

Jonathan Hawkins[edit]

Jonny Hawkins was a member with the club from 2008–2012, and was the club captain in 2009,[6] (his second year at the university). Jonny was selected for the 2011 British Universities Kayaking Expedition (BUKE).[19] After this he went on to sea kayak around Scotland[20] and Hong Kong.[21] In the summer of 2013 Jonny was part of an expedition to Borneo,[22] with the aims of exploring never before paddled whitewater and also of performing research for a conservation charity Heart of Borneo.[23]


  1. ^ a b St Andrews University Calendar 1974–1975. St Andrews, Fife, Scotland: University of St Andrews. 1974. p. 127. 
  2. ^ "StAUCC Homepage". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "StAUCC Competitions". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Saints Sports Club list". Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "SCA Club list". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Committee". Saints Sport. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Where?". Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "StAUCC Constitution". Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Canoe – British Universities and Colleges Sport". BUCS. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Competitions – StAUCC". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "BUCS Wild Water Racing results". BUCS. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "BUCS Slalom results". BUCS. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  13. ^ McAllister, Kieran. "GUSA: Success for Glasgow Ladies at the SSS Canoe Polo Championships". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Polo Results". Scottish Canoe Association. Archived from the original on September 2, 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "St Andrews Canoe Club initiation". BBC. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Welsh, Andrew (26 March 2010). "Teens fundraise for Sense Scotland on the River Tay". Perthshire Advertiser. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Sport in the Spotlight: St Andrews Canoe Club". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Get Involved! Canoe Club". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Team – Kayak Venezuela". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Circumnavigate Scotland". Jonny Hawkins. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "HK360". Vimeo. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "The team – Kayak Borneo". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Kayak Borneo". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 

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