#TeamRiverLegacy Profile – Emma Davies

Working hard to support grassroots paddling, #TeamRiverLegacy come from all over the country to volunteer at events. Real paddlers give up their time, for free, to make sure you have the best time possible and get out onto the water. So we decided to put a name to those faces behind the bar!

Emma Davies

Age: 21

Where were you born and where do you currently live?
Was born and raised in Swansea, and am now in uni there!
What’s your day job?
I’m a university student studying Geography
How long have you been involved with RL, when was your first event?
Teifi Tour 2016, so only last year
Whats your role at River Legacy, and what do you do at events?
Kitchen – I help to prepare and cook all the food for the Saturday night meals at the events. I also help feed the amazing volunteers that set up the marquees and bar for the parties. Continue reading

#TeamRiverLegacy Profile – Ben Turner

Working hard to support grassroots paddling, #TeamRiverLegacy come from all over the country to volunteer at events. Real paddlers gives up their time, for free, to make sure you have the best time possible and get out onto the water. So we decided to put a name to those faces behind the bar!

Ben Turner

Age: 29

Where were you born and where do you currently live?
I was born and Grew up in Rochester Kent, and now live in Cheshire darling.
What’s your day job?
I am a Project Engineer at a Power Station, responsable for delivering long term engineering plans and solutions to optimise and improve the efficiency of the plant. I love the power industry so if you need putting to sleep, chat to me.
How long have you been involved with RL, when was your first event?
7 years, I first help set up the Marquees with Nottingham University Canoe Club at NSR in 2010.
Whats your role at River Legacy, and what do you do at events?
I am one of the Directors of River Legacy Events Ltd. I am responsible for the day to day operations of the events company, ensuring that our events happen safely, and that they earn the money for the trustees to give away as donations.

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#TeamRiverLegacy Profile – Ben Richie

Working hard to support grassroots paddling, #TeamRiverLegacy come from all over the country to volunteer at events. Real paddlers gives up their time, for free, to make sure you have the best time possible and get out onto the water. So we decided to put a name to those faces behind the bar!

Ben Richie

Age: 25

Where were you born and where do you currently live?
I grew up in Nottingham, but now live in Derbyshire. My local run has always been HPP.
Whats your day job?
Events Coordinator for Alpkit.
How long have you been involved with RL, when was your first event?
7 years, First event was an NSR in 2000-and-something.
Whats your role at River Legacy, and what do you do at events?
I do a bit of everything really, I like getting my hands dirty! Anything from bar work to cooking, i occasionally sneak in a paddle!

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#TeamRiverLegacy Profile – Beth Morgan

Working hard to support grassroots paddling, #TeamRiverLegacy come from all over the country to volunteer at events. Real paddlers gives up their time, for free, to make sure you have the best time possible and get out onto the water. So we decided to put a name to those faces behind the bar!

Beth Morgan

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Name: Beth Morgan

Age: 26

Where were you born and where do you currently live?
Born in Somerset, live wherever the rain is and my local run is anything with water in!
Whats your day job?
I used to work in a bank but I quit to go kayaking and spent 6 months in India. I’m making full use of my funemployment but will get a job at some point…
How long have you been involved with RL, when was your first event?
I was NSR Rodeo Boss in 2012 and have been involved with team River Legacy for a few months. Looking forward to being there at NSR 2017.
Whats your role at River Legacy, and what do you do at events?
I paddle for #TeamRiverLegacy and volunteer where I can.

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#TeamRiverLegacy Profile – Zander Lee

Working hard to support grassroots paddling, #TeamRiverLegacy come from all over the country to volunteer at events. Real paddlers gives up their time, for free, to make sure you have the best time possible and get out onto the water. So we decided to put a name to those faces behind the bar!

Zander Lee

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Name: Zander Lee
Age: 31
Where were you born and where do you currently live?
Bradford for both
Whats your day job?
I’m a High School Science teacher
How long have you been involved with RL, when was your first event?
Involved for 11 years, first event was 12 years ago Teifi Tour back in 2004!
Whats your role at River Legacy, and what do you do at events?
Charity trustee. My main role at events is to cause a scene. I make a lot of noise and try to show people how great River Legacy is. I help to co-ordinate people on takedown, work on the bar, herd students and make sure everyone is having a good time

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A Volunteer’s View of NSR

 

Here’s a little something a new volunteer, Matt France from Swansea Uni Canoe Club has written about volunteering at National Student Rodeo. Between River Legacy and Luucc an awful lot of hard work and time goes in to making NSR a success year after year, it was extremely heart-warming to read this and reminds us all why we give up our annual leave, skive off lectures or just give our time to make events like this possible. If you’d like to volunteer with us in future, fill out the volunteers form at http://padl.es/helplegacy. It’s a long read, but it’s worth it, so thank you Matt

“The last time you heard from me it was all about the Dart Dash. Well this time, it is about something very different and yet just as fun. You all know of it but you know nothing about it. They call it NSR!

What you do know about NSR is that it is expensive to go and that it involves play boating and a competition. The truth is that there is so much more to it than that. Unfortunately there were only a few Swansea members that had the money and time to invest in NSR and so people should direct their questions to them to find out about the competition and safety shenanigans. However this is not a story about kayaking but a story about volunteering, making friends and having a good time.

So it all kicked off on the Wednesday where River Legacy rocked up in Nottingham and started putting up the party marquees, barriers and carpeting fields, helped by Phil and G. After a brief Wednesday of essay writing and road tripping, Nick and myself also arrived in Nottingham ready to help. A pizza, alcohol and a game of cards against humanity later and off we popped to the land of dreams in preparation for some hard work the next day.

As we dragged ourselves from sleep to the delicious smell of bacon and coffee, plans were draw u as to what needed doing and who was going to get it done. Everyone set about their chores, building a bar, setting up a kitchen and doing the lighting. Everyone was routinely called away to help with the numerous delivery of food, alcohol, tables, chairs and heaters. Bit by bit everything started to come together. Bins were delivered and fire extinguishers were strategically placed. Somewhere in the day there was lunch made by the brilliant kitchen crew before carrying on with the jobs that needed to be done. Lets just say it was a long day and for those in charge, pretty stressful! In the evening, dinner happened and everyone sat down for the ‘staff party’ and a well deserved drink.

Friday morning was, as you say in south east Aisa ‘same same but different’. More breakfast, more deliveries, more barriers being put up and carpet being put down. The main part of the day for a few of us was building the stage, whereas others started preparing dinner for the numerous NSR competitors and party goers. After lunch, porter loos and a tent for the bouncers were set up and finally the heaters were filled with diesel to warm the marquees for the evening’s party.

The party started slow, with the different university’s arriving at random times throughout the evening. I feel it is worth mentioning the fact that we met a university (can’t remember who) that took the competition side a bit too seriously and ended their night at 10 in order to get a god nights sleep. I don’t think they would make it very far in SUCC. By the time the last university arrived, the bar staff were already working at full whack with no end in sight. Needless to say that whenever a member of staff finished their bar rota, they sat down for a well deserved drink! Loud music, lots of drinks and a bit of dancing led to a memorable end of night for pretty much everyone.

Saturday rolled around with a nice lie in. Volunteers got most of the day to themselves as the evening preparations were due to start at 15:30. Most of the morning was spent nursing hangovers before walking to the HPP whitewater course. We got chatting to a few of the people on the stands that were there getting some good advice on kit, free doughnuts and cans of red bull. After watching what can only be described as the most carnage I have seen since the battle of the Ogmore, we too decided to give HPP a go, demoing a few different boats. If you want to progress at your whitewater play boating then I cannot recommend this course enough. The waves are nice and surfable and the holes hold you just the right amount. Super fun! Anywho, 15:30 appeared on our watches so off we went, back to work. Christmas decorations were hung up all over the tent (did I mention that it was christmas themed?) and food was made ready for the 5 o’clock dinner schedule. As people turned up for food, we found ourselves submerged by the number of people asking for a glass of water. Swimming is thirsty work. Due to this major influx of thirst fuelled contestants, we decided to fill jugs full of water so people could serve themselves. This then turned into a game. The different jugs of water were labelled as containing ‘free water’, ‘water for £1’, ‘egg nogg’, ‘special brew’ and ‘man-up juice’. The people looking really worn out always went for ‘man-up juice’, no one went for ‘egg nogg’, ‘special brew’ got a disappointed look each time and people only went for ‘water for £1’ when ‘free water’ was empty, although they only served themselves when the bar staff wasn’t looking and never gave £1.

When dinner was over, the tables got packed away (shout out to the people that helped without being asked). After that there was an NSR film competition. Films had been submitted by university’s and independent participants and were watched by everyone on a projector. Needless to say, it was really good fun and there were a few films that stood out (at least to me) as being super kickass. I feel the need to mention the one made by Aber, Aberdeen and the Rob Crowe Show and if they read this can they please put the videos up on the SUCC group because everyone needs to watch them.

Anyway. After films had happened, people left to get into their most bestest christmas outfits while the staff put the benches away. Once this was one it was party time!! As the volume of the music increased, so did the number of people surrounding the bar in the search for alcohol. As a group costume, Bristol uni would have won any competition if there was one, they went as the full nativity, it was amazing. Prize for the single best outfit though goes to baby jesus… An Image I am not likely to forget anytime soon. Working on the bar, my most memorable moment was when a lad from Aberdeen paid with Scottish monies. After giving him his change and taking the order of the lady next to him I the preceded to give her the required money back. This of course involved said Scottish money. She then gave me a very sour look and said ‘what is this, this isn’t real money’, to which Mr Aberdeen man and her got into quite a funny argument (thanks Mr Aberdeen man). Well, lets just say that after my bar shift, I went in search of drink and friends and unfortunately (or fortunately) found a bit too much of both. I think I had a shandy bass too many. After a good few hours partying we realised it was 4 in the morning and decided to go and investigate the camp site to see who else was up and about but everyone had passed out from tired-ness or more probably, from an alcohol induced coma.

Well lets just say the wake up on Sunday morning was a tough one. With a pounding head and severe lack of motivation we had a quick breakfast around 10:30 and got cracking with cleaning all of the party mess, taking up the carpet, dismantling the bar and stage, cleaning the kitchen. Again, a brief lunch was had then we carried on taking down fences, emptying overloaded bins and re-loading a van full of benches and tables. As the day went by we lost volunteer after volunteer as they all had to get home for work the next day and each had different driving times. (It is probably worth mentioning we didn’t have many volunteers to start with on the Sunday so it was all the harder to find the hungover motivation needed). Well. At 6 pm we called it a day with pretty much only the river legacy marquee to take down (although I am sure there was a lot more to it as there always seems to be). A few of us then went for a pub dinner before heading home as others went straight to bed for a much needed sleep.

Lessons learnt: Volunteers work their socks off for you and never get much of a break. A 10 minute job is never a 10 minute job. NSR is was more fun than I have ever been told. If you go to volunteer, help out, don’t just go say you will, it is hard work and an extra hand is worth a lot.

Special thanks: Ben, Ben 3, James, Simon, G, Adam, Phil, Nick, Yay, Yas, Rob, Zakk, Rach, Richard. Along with all the other peeps who worked on the bar and volunteers who were in the kitchen and everyone else who I forgot to mention and everyone from River Legacy. NSR would not be what it is without you.

Booties owed: From what I saw, an awful lot of people but for the sake of: Aiden, I don’t know who you are but you had your name on the back of your helmet and you swam like a bitch.

Would I do it again? Yes

Why? Awesome fun, awesome people, hard work but well worth the reward!

 

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BUCS Polo

A few of the RL crew were down at BUCS Canoe Polo this weekend. Had a great time being on the drinking side of the bar, and partying with Extreme Events. Thanks to the guys from Loughborough Uni for the invite. Hope everyone who competed had a good weekend.

Volunteers needed for the NSR safety team

The Safety team at the National Student Rodeo do the vital job of hauling people and kit out of the water when they’ve swum. You’ll get some heavily concentrated Safety experience, throwline and livebait work. It’s tiring work but you’ll have a team on hand to keep you fed and watered all day. Previous experience is not necessary as you’ll learn fast!

We’ll need names and details of any volunteers in advance for insurance documentation. This job is important for the Rodeo to run and is also a lot of fun so get involved! If you’re interested please contact Beth at info [at] nationalstudentrodeo.org.uk and title your email “NSR Safety Team”