Paddle Clean - Anti Doping
All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. We believe in clean sport and work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the International Canoe Federation (ICF) and International Rafting Federation (IRF) to ensure that the integrity of our sport is protected.
British Canoeing has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes and athlete support personnel must abide by - British Canoeing Anti-Doping Rules. The anti-doping rules for British Canoeing are consistent with the (the Code), the core document that harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport globally.
The anti-doping rules of British Canoeing are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as rules of British Canoeing with the following amendments and supplemental provisions
If you are a member of British Canoeing then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at. You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules.
2021 World Anti-Doping Code
From 1 January 2021, a new version of the Code is in effect and it’s important that all athletes and athlete support personnel are aware of how this impacts them.
For more information on the changes within the 2021 Code, visit.
Under the 2021 Code, an athlete may be classified as being “International-Level”, “National-Level” or a “Recreational Athlete” based on their competition level. Further information on these different categories is available on the.
Anti-Doping Rule Violations
Breaking the anti-doping rules can result in a ban from all sport. The Code outlines the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). Athletes and athlete support personnel need to make sure they are fully aware of these violations, and the consequences of breaking them. For more information and what this means for those individuals, click.
For information on individuals serving a ban from sport, visiton their website.
The Big Picture - Top Tips for Clean Sport
An athlete is responsible for anything found in their system, regardless of how it got there or whether there is any intention to cheat. All athletes and athlete support personnel should make themselves aware of the risks, so they don’t receive an unintentional ban from sport. Useful information for athletes can be found on the.
The Prohibited List
All banned substances and methods in Code-compliant sports are outlined in the Prohibited List. Substances and methods can be added to the Prohibited List at any time; however, it is updated as a minimum once a year, coming into effect on 1 January. The latest Prohibited List can be found. As this list is updated frequently, athletes and athlete support personnel should make sure they check it regularly for any changes. More information can be found on .
Before taking any medication (whether from a doctor or purchased over the counter), athletes must check to make sure it doesn’t contain any banned substances. Medications (ingredients or brand name) can be checked online at Global DRO. It is important to note that medications bought in one country may contain different ingredients to the same branded medication in another country. For more information on checking medications, visit .
Check out the video below from UKAD’s Athlete Commission member and British Paralympic Powerlifter, Ali Jawad, on using Global DRO.
Taking Nutritional Supplements
UKAD always advises a food first approach to nutrition, as there are no guarantees that any supplement product is free from banned substances. Athletes can support their training and progress towards their targets by eating and enjoying nutritious food. With a bit of planning, it is possible to eat a delicious and healthy diet made up of a variety of food types at the right time, and in the right quantities.
Athletes should assess the need, the risks and the consequences before deciding to take a supplement, and if they need to use one, visit theto check whether supplements have been batch-tested. More advice on managing supplement risks can be found on .
Applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
If an athlete with a legitimate medical condition needs to use a prohibited substance or method, they will need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). This is only accepted if there are no other suitable permitted medications or treatments that can be used, and there is a strict, detailed process to determine this. Athletes can find out more information about the TUE process on the UKAD website
What happens in a test?
Athletes should feel prepared and know their rights and responsibilities when they are notified to be tested by a Chaperone or Doping Control Officer. Check out this video below on the testing process from start to finish.
Athletes can find out more in thesection of UKAD’s website.
100% me - Supporting athletes to be clean
100 % me is UKAD’s values-based education and information programme, helping athletes meet their anti-doping responsibilities throughout their sporting journey. We want all athletes to be clean, stay clean and believe all others are clean.
For more information on what this means, visit UKAD’s website. UKAD’s 100% me Clean Sport App can also be downloaded from , or Windows Live Store, for essential anti-doping information.
British Canoeing's Paddle Clean Programme
Paddle Clean Programme
The British Canoeing Paddle Clean programme aims to:
- Create a generation of canoeists, who have confidence in their own ability to succeed in canoeing cleanly and who see anti-doping best practices as an integral part of being a canoeist.
- Create a generation of support personnel who understand that the canoeists they are involved with can succeed in canoeing cleanly and who see anti-doping best practices as an integral part of being involved with canoeing.
The basic principle of British Canoeing’s Paddle Clean education strategy shall be to support, promote and educate the canoeing community to take a positive approach to anti-doping, and integrate anti-doping best practices into the overall development of a canoeist.
British Canoeing will encourage its community to protect the spirit of canoeing and sport as a whole from being undermined by doping and to establish an environment which promotes doping-free behaviour among all members.
Education will be delivered through targeted face to face workshops, outreach at events, online and through newsletters.
The use of performance-enhancing drugs and other doping behaviour severely damages the legitimacy of sport and undermines the integrity of clean athletes. For more information please contact British Canoeing’s Anti-Doping Lead Officer Gemma Wiggs.
Clean Sport is relevant to all paddlers, regardless of what level they are paddling at. As such we have developed some resources for clubs. These reference the basic essentials and signpost paddlers to where they can find more information.
Included in the resources are some simple posters to raise awareness of Clean Sport through to 10 ways a club can help support.
Protect Your Sport
Protecting clean sport depends on everyone playing their part - athletes, coaches, or parents - whether on centre stage or behind the scenes. Speak out if you feel there’s something wrong - no matter how small. UKAD guarantee that your identity will always be kept 100% confidential. Find out more about Protect Your Sport.
There are four ways to contact if you want to speak out:
- Email - When you feel something’s wrong, send UKAD an email. UKAD guarantee that your name and email address will be kept confidential. Email at
- WhatsApp - Message on WhatsApp* at +44 (0) 7587 634711 - no matter how small. UKAD guarantee that your name and number will be kept confidential.
- Online Form - Let UKAD know via the form on protectyoursport.co.uk. Choose the two-way communication option at the end of the form. You will still be anonymous, but UKAD will have the chance to follow up later on. Fill in the form
- 24/7 Hotline - Call on 08000 32 23 32. UKAD is here to listen and won’t ask who you are. You may want to keep your identity a secret but telling UKAD who you are makes a real difference later on, so consider emailing or speaking via WhatsApp first.
*WhatsApp is an encrypted platform. This number is not open to receiving calls.
Should an athlete wish to retire from international and/or national competition then they can formally retire and seek removal from ICF testing pools. If you wish to retire or discuss the options please contact Gemma Wiggs who can share the ICF and UKAD forms with you.
Want to Learn More?
Clean Sport Workshop
British Canoeing run regular Clean Sport workshops and webinars. If you would like to attend one please contact Gemma Wiggs on the details below. Alternatively we have recorded a 30 minute session which you can access below at any time. It provides information on your responsibilities, what is the prohibited list, how to check medication, the risks of taking supplements and informed sport's role, the basics of testing and how to Protect Your Sport in reporting concerns and doping.
Clean Sport Advisor
if for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of clean sport and increase the reach to protect clean sport. A Clean Sport Advisor plays an essential role in informing athletes and their athlete support personnel (ASP) about the values of clean sport and important anti-doping information.
is an easy-to-follow e-learning course for coaches who want to know more about clean sport and understand their own responsibilities with regards to anti-doping.
Talented Young Athlete Resource
UKAD have a useful resource for
Parents, Carers and Guardians
When it comes to anti-doping, you have a vital role in helping your child be clean and stay clean. UKAD have a useful guide to help you with this:
For Further Information
Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking British Canoeing and athlete support personnel, athletes may also contact UKAD directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance. They can be contacted ator +44 (0) 207 842 3450.
Regular updates from UKAD can also be found in the, or on their Twitter account:
Contact the NGB anti-doping lead: Gemma Wiggs ()
Further information on the ICF anti-doping rules, education and resources can be found in the.