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Postby Diamond Dave » Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:14 pm

Such shocking news.

I only knew you for a short time, but so glad that I did. 3 rivers in a day in Scotland & just making it out before darkness set in; your elation at paddling Headbanger on the Spean (& being one of the very few who ‘Manned Up!’); eying up the The Cauldren with hunger in your eyes. By the sounds of things though, this is just a standard day paddling with Emily Parker!

I never knew you were from the Doncaster area - I’ve always wanted a paddling buddy in the holidays who I could ring up last minute when the forecast is set for rain. Though by the sounds of your enthusiasm and keenness, it would be you who whould be persuading me to drop plans and head Swalewards!

My dad did actually know you were from this neck of the woods. When he heard your name and saw your picture he remembered giving you some boating tips at a stinky ditch in Nottingham once. That’s unheard of. My dad never remembers anyone.

I guess that’s just testimant to what an unforgettable person you were.
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Postby alice » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:10 pm

Im still finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that i will never be able to see you smile. You are an amazingly brave person who lived and loved life to the full, you never failed to make me smile even if occasionally it was at my expense :) i feel privileged to have been your friend and had you in my life. i have so many memories and lots of awful pictures to go with them which im sure you would thank me for showing. i particularly remember one from your birthday last year, me you an sarah went to oceanea and u both decided to pose on the We both know i was crap at kayaking but you were good enough for both of us, we were definitely equals in the bar though you have been responsible for many horrendous hangovers and vice versa im sure. I guess i wont get anymore early morning abusive texts blaming me for the number of jaegers u had. luucc socials will definitely never be the same. I hope there are lots of awesome rivers for you to run and a puro or faversham for you to drink in after, If there is then im sure you will have that smile on your face that we all know and love
I love you emily and i can honestly say i will never forget you xxxxxxxx
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Postby JoeP » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:25 pm

I never really knew Emily that well, but whenever i did see her she was smiling.

My thoughts are with her family and those who were in Scotland.
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Postby amyky » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:54 pm

The shots! The jagerbombs! The socials! ( And lets be honest, very, very rarely the river. Not much of a kayaker, unlike you :P)

And of course, the countless photos of you with your tongue out and head to one side! I wonder how many there are?!

It still hasn't set in and I don't really want it to. I want you to be here instead. I'm extremely saddened to not have you in my life. You don't realise how much of an impact people have on you until they aren't there anymore.

Everytime I think of you I see a huge, infectious smile and gorgeous blonde hair :P This is how I'll remember you.

Emily Parker I love you and miss you greatly

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Postby peterH » Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:58 pm

That picture of Emily in Uganda says all about her really, Thinking of her Family and those who were on the water.

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Postby Martin (Frenchman) » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:23 pm

I heard the sad news yesterday.
Can't believe it.
My thoughts are with you and your family Emily.
Rest in peace,

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Postby Ross MacLeod » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:42 pm

I was tempted to not surf today... I've felt hollow since I heard what happened. But if I learnt anything from you emily it was to "man the fuck up wettie" so I got on with it. I now have a classic fat lip and bruised face to prove it but caught some of the best waves I ever have. You were in your element on a river and I've never seen you happier than when you were. It was an honour to know you and I'll share chris' pledge to keep running rivers for you. See you on the water x
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Postby mattH » Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:31 am

ITV Calendar News report for those that have not seen this.

Keep the memories coming!

Always remember to drive like Welsh Cheese - CAERPHILLY!
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Postby Dárragh » Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:53 am

I've been struggling to put any words down anywhere since Tuesday, but today I've truly taken into account how hugely privileged I am to have paddled with you across the country, and call you a great friend!

From my sheepish introduction on the forum in September, you were one of the first people to ever say hello.
My first river trip with LUUCC to the Wharfe watching you style Conistone falls, I opted for the chicken shoot river right when no-one else nailed your line. When you, Laurent and Martin came back after Linton Falls I properly awed at the photos, knowing that I had to aim to your standard from then on! - After having a laugh throwing your infamous pink sandals about the car park of course :D... anything to hear your laugh over and over again.
"Life's too short not to have a lime green helmet" haha!

Castle MacWettie and the breakfast hand courtesy of Spean GEORGE, then a bit of Leeds snowboating at the skatepark and playground to start up 2010!
"Wont sit down, wont shut up, most of all i will not grow up!"
Your enthusiasm,
Your Passion,
Your Love for people and experiences of anything white water.
I could listen to you tell me about Uganda times with Roxanne over and over again.

On Monday I had one of the most fantastic days I've ever had when paddling the Meig with you, you were in your element, tackling some awesome and beautiful gorge action, wearing boardies when Jake, Martin and Me were drysuited up!? Love it!
It was definitely an Arch in those rocks too! not a 'hole'

Many memories I have in my head that are leaving such as smile on my face throughout today, I can't write them all on paper without taking out a small rainforest.
Thank you for being part of my life, for sharing so much with me, for taking the piss out of me, loving the piss taken out of you, for hating the Lune with a passion, having cups of tea with me until the wee hours, finding my clothes at Tyne Tour, sleeping in toilets, wearing boardies on the Meig, laughing so hard at every moment, Smiling for the world and not being a passenger in life!

The hardest part of losing you is also going to be the one that saves me!
Love xxx
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Postby keeno » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:34 am

Sorry I didnt know you better Emily. I will never forget that smile when I brought you that cup of sweet tea the last time I saw you. x
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Postby Beth » Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:51 pm

I will never forget the Princess car, we got the weirdest looks walking into McDonalds.
Castle McWettie, renaming Wettie Bitch, and the fort, I don't think I have ever laughed so much in my life.
Christmas meal, the Wizard of Oz fancy dress, with you ringing me earlier in the day to tell me you ran out of silver paint, bought more, then ran out again, not really sure why that was so funny but it really really was.. The Bailey's coffee at the start of the night, and the sharing of the Bailey's in the taxi, you in the middle getting double what Sarah and I were drinking.
The amount of socials I got a text from you saying you were running late and could I wait for you, and the time you came round mine for pancakes.
I've seen you laugh, smile and cry, and I will never forget you. LUUCC will never be the same, you will always be loved, and greatly missed.
I hope the Swale is always in perfect condition where you are and you are manning up for all of us.
All my love,
Beth xxxxxx
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Postby Ruth C » Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:08 pm

Em, you were my first river buddy - I feel so privileged to have had you there to introduce me to white water. Your passion for kayaking and love for life is such an inspiration, and luucc will just not be the same without you.
We’ll miss you and that amazing smile so much,
Ruth xxx
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Postby Katie SUCC » Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:14 pm

From the members of Strathclyde University Canoe Club, we are so sorry for your tragic loss. You all have our thoughts and prayers.
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Postby sarah standley » Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:42 pm

As a former member of the club I just want to say how sorry I am for what has happened. It looks as though Emily joined the club the year I left - I would have liked to have got to know her as reading all your comments, it seems she was really an amazing girl.
Thinking of you guys xx
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Postby Sarah N » Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:28 pm

I never thought when I met some of you in Roybridge last week, and then bumped into various Leeds peeps around Fort Bill, always smiling with plans for the day, that the week would end the way it did. Sitting with Tom and Rich in the Grog when he got the call from Chris, letting us know what had happened, was heartbreaking. My heart goes out to you all at the moment - I understand the sense of loss of losing a friend on a river, but not the pain of being there - I cannot imagine how people must be feeling at the moment.
I have always admired the drive and enthusiasm that LUUCC demonstrate each and every time I meet you, and it seems that Emily was a true ambassador of both her club and the sport as a whole.
We are thinking of you all at this sad time.
Sarah Nash and Tom Parker
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