Buxton Student Kayakers Featured On Sky Sports News

30 January 2012

buxton white water rafting

A team of University of Derby Buxton students were seen racing down the white water of Nottingham's National Water Sports Centre on Sky Sports News on Saturday morning (January 28), after being asked to demonstrate paddle sports on the channel's Get Involved programme.

Each Saturday Sky Sports News broadcasts Get Involved with the aim of giving viewers more information on how to become more active in unusual sports.

The programme focuses on a new sport each week, and has demonstrated activities like handball and sailing. On Saturday the programme focused on white water rafting, and featured six Buxton students trying out the sport at the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

The six Outdoor Activity Management degree students involved were Jodie Howley, John Buckle, Callum Morrison, Matt Foster, Martin Ochiltree and Jenny Philips. All six, who are part of the Derby University Canoe and Kayaking Club (DUCK), were invited to experience white water rafting in front of the Sky Sports' cameras.

Jodie Howley, 21, from Peterlee, County Durham, said: "The whole day was fantastic. To have the chance to go down the white water at the National Watersports Centre - and appear on TV - was a great opportunity for us, and another experience we can take back to our Outdoor Activities degree programmes."

The programme was aired on Saturday January 28 throughout the day to over 10 million viewers. The video of the students can be found on website www.skysports.com/getinvolved

For more information about Outdoor programmes at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb

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