Coach Matt

Coach Matt has been involved in paddle sport from a young age dabbling in many different disciplines before finally settling with Canoe Slalom, he raced for Team Ireland in C1 at Senior, U23 and Junior level until 2013. Matt joined Canoe Slalom BOP from Northern Ireland where he spent a 2-year period working for the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland as a Talent Coach. During this time, he worked with Senior, U23 and Junior athletes in Canoe Slalom at an International Level alongside implementing grassroots development within the country. Matt is in charge of the Novice Programme, developing new coaches and coaching opportunities through Coach Force. He also manages much of the club administration. You will see Matt on the river bank or in his boat and is always keen to meet new people so don’t be afraid to come and say hello!

Irene Egües Arregui - From San Sebastián, Spain

Hi there!

This is Irene, one of the CSBOP coaches. I come from the beautiful city of San Sebastián in the north of Spain. Ever since I dipped my paddle into the water at the age of 10, canoe slalom has been my passion. The love for this sport even took me to the highest performance level, and gave me the privilege of representing Spain in the canoe slalom national team for four consecutive years, until 2017.


Although my competitive days are behind me, I’m happy to say that I’m still able to enjoy the sport, but from the coaching side. I transitioned into coaching, as I find immense joy in sharing my knowledge and expertise with experienced and also new athletes. Had been working for the past years as I coach for my club with highly talented athletes, and also for several times with the TIP Team of the International Canoe Federation. I can’t wait to meet all of you if we still haven’t met, and if we did, I am looking forward to continuing to work together !