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Become a Community Champion

In partnership with Peak UK we are looking for Clear Access Clear Waters Community Champions who can inspire a movement to campaign for fair, shared and sustainable open access!

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About the award

Last year British Canoeing launched its Access and Environment Charter - Clear Access, Clear Waters - a campaign which sets out a vision to confirm access to the rivers and inland waters of England and to protect the environment.In partnership with Peak UK we are looking for Clear Access Clear Waters Community Champions who can inspire a movement to campaign for fair, shared and sustainable open access!

Each month we will select one champion (either a club, group or individual) who has truly inspired others and really gone above and beyond to champion the cause.  We will be shouting about their achievements via our channels and giving champions a platform to promote the fantastic work they are doing.

From cleanups and lobbying to campaigning and spreading the word, we know paddlers are doing lots of great things behind the scenes to help champion the cause of fair, shared and sustainable open access and we love to hear about them!

Whatever your inspirational efforts - we want to know!

Successful champions will receive a bespoke , limited edition Clear Access Clear Waters Community Champion Buoyancy Aid to wear with pride! They are not available to buy and you will be the envy of your club.

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How to enter

Sending a nomination is simple! 

To nominate yourself, a club, group or individual please click here and complete the online form. 

We will be crowning a new champion every month starting from April!

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We recognise that there are many paddlers in local communities inspiring a movement, going above and beyond, enthusing the message of ‘Fair Shared Sustainable Open Access’ and showcasing the positives paddlers bring to our waterways. We would love to celebrate the successes of these inspiring individuals who truly are Clear Access Clear Waters ‘Champions’ and look forward to hearing about their great efforts.

– Chantelle Grundy, Access and Environment Officer at British Canoeing.

Organisers and supporters

Clear Access Clear Waters Community champions are a part of British Canoeing’s Access Charter work; Clear Access Clear Waters.

The Champions are proudly sponsored by our partners Peak UK who regularly work to champion the cause themselves.

It’s my privilege to support the Clear Access Clear Waters Champions. We need to show our total appreciation to the inspirational grassroots paddlers, who are championing the need for greater access and caring for our rivers for our future. Keep up the good work and let’s inspire others to join in!

– Pete Astles, Founder of Peak UK
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