These are the beginnings of canoeing in the Dordogne. At the initiative of Adolpe Tesnière, the Groupe Nautique du Périgord (GNP) was created in 1958, in Périgueux. Five years later, in 1963, the club already had its first athletes selected for the World Championships. In 1969, seventeen athletes participated in the French Championships, winning four titles, three gold medals and one bronze medal.
Fusion and installation at the Moulin de Sainte-Claire
The Leisure Périgord Association (ALP) was born in 1985. Offering the same type of activities in the city, the two associations merged to become ALP GNP, the current structure. The club moved its headquarters to the Sainte-Claire mill (historical and then industrial heritage since the 13th century). The club is now located near the city center, on the right bank of the Isle.
Downhill and road race: the turn to two other disciplines
The club had been oriented towards slalom for several years, to the point of being among the top 50 clubs in France. In 2010, the Périgueux club turned resolutely towards two new disciplines:
Wildwater, in which Périgueux is propelled in Nationale 1 between 2014 and 2017, in the top 3 of French clubs, whereas it was classified in the 200th place seven years earlier.
Sprint, in which Périgueux finished in Nationale 3 (65th place).
Périgueux brings together 160 to 224 licensees every year, with more and more practitioners in paddle schools and athletes with national and international titles and athletes in Pôle Espoir, Pôle France and Ministerial List.
An increasingly dynamic club
The year of its 30 years, the club counts four athletes selected in the French team in May 2015. One month later, the Nautical Path From One Shore to the Other is inaugurated. The rabaskas Vesunna I and II, whose famous head of prow is machined by Socra, are inaugurated for the occasion. That same summer, the athletes distinguished themselves at the World Championships, bringing back titles and medals.
Several projects follow one another to energize the club. In April 2016, the club joined the French Adapted Sport Federation and a few months later co-organized the French Adapted Sport Championships in Périgueux. In collaboration with CAMI, the club involves eleven people with cancer in the 2016 edition of the Vogalonga Challenge , organized in Venice.
That same year, Manon Hostens was the first athlete from the club to represent France at the Olympic Games in Rio , where she finished 12th in K4. After wearing the colors of her country six years earlier at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, she is the first kayaker from Dordogne to reach this level of competition.
To offer modern sports equipment adapted to the latest uses, the mayor of Périgueux, Antoine Audi, inaugurates the end of the renovation work on the Sainte-Claire mill in 2017. The nautical base is then symbolically renamed "Ado et Mad Tesnière".
In 2018, Périgueux Canoë-Kayak is renewing the Défi Vogalonga experience. Périgueux Canoë-Kayak actively participates in the 2018 edition of Dordogne-Périgord Canoe-Kayak Marathon in Castelnaud. That year, the club diversified its activities and opened a kayak-polo section. The club then had 657 licensees and had a great track record to its credit.
In 2021, Périgueux Canoë-Kayak is organizing the first edition of the 100 meters of Isle, a general public event organized on the quays below the Saint-Front cathedral and which brings together several athletes from the French national running team.
'Vive LE TOUR'
In 2014, thirty club's boats were installed below Saint-Front Cathedral to make this message appear on TV around the world, on the occasion of the Bergerac-Périgueux time trial.