Harry Turner (Paddlesport and Canoe club) has been selected for the British University Kayak Expedition.
“I am in my 3rd year of university studying Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management at the University of Worcester. I have been kayaking since the age of 12, along with most other Outdoor Adventure Sports. I started kayaking by being pushed in to Slalom but decided chasing sticks wasn’t for me but white water was. At the age of 16 I had my first taste of real white water paddling the Upper Dart at decent flows with my local canoe club (Bridgnorth). Since then I have paddled in the French and Austrian Alps, parts of Upper Bavaria and Switzerland and the Julien Alps in Slovenia, and across the UK.”
What is BUKE?
“BUKE (British University Kayak Expedition) is a White Water Kayaking Expedition that happens every other year. It started back in 2005 with Tim Burne organising a trip to Kyrgyzstan with a handful of other boaters from different universities across Britain. Since 2005 the different teams have been to: Venezuela, Ethiopia, Madagascar and The Philippines just to name a few.
“So myself and many others from different uni’s across the UK all had to write an application form and from that application, 20 people were selected to take part in a selection weekend in North Wales (30th-2nd Dec) where we would be paddling the best and hardest rivers in North Wales and trying to decide who would make a good team member. On Saturday night we all voted for who we wanted on the team and I was lucky enough to make it on. Along with 6 others, hailing from Belfast, Bangor, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities. We now have the challenge of organising an expedition to try and kayak on some uncharted waters in some remote country, our three main thoughts are Eastern Russia, Papua New Guinea and Myanmar, all of these places hold some amazing white water but all have issues that go along with them. We will be gathering sponsorship from major kayak brands to help with gear but we also need to raise money for travel, permits and in case things go wrong! I am the first student from the University of Worcester to ever make it on one of these expeditions and hopefully I can inspire more students to give kayaking a go! Thanks for reading, Harry Turner.”