British Canoeing #ShePaddles Ambassadors are chosen yearly to promote the fantastic variety and benefits of paddlesport.
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(Applications close on Sunday 12th April; don't forget to get yours in!)
The ten ambassadors are chosen to represent paddlesport at a range of different levels and in a variety of disciplines. All ten women have fantastic and unique stories about why they paddle. One thing they all have in common is their passion for getting outdoors and sharing their love of the sport with others.
Meet the 2019 #ShePaddles Ambassadors
Shona was introduced to paddling on a 10-day expedition in the Bavarian Alps. She was there with Battle Back, an adaptive sport and adventurous training initiative for wounded, injured and sick personnel from the Armed Forces. Shona has recently had her right leg amputated below the knee and as well as undergoing intensive physical rehabilitation is also currently working towards her Paddlesport Leader Award.
Having just turned 16, Ruby is our youngest ambassador. Inspired into slalom paddling by joining Viking Kayak Club, where Etienne Stott is also a member, Ruby soon discovered that another discipline; Canoe Polo, was where her passion lay. Three years on and she is now part of the GB Canoe Polo Development Academy and aiming for the GB squad in coming years.
There aren’t many disciplines Lizzie hasn’t turned her hand to. From competing in slalom at the 2012 Olympics to the Rafting World Championships, sea kayaking expeditions and now tackling freestyle. Lizzie has a huge love for paddlesport and wants to see more women staying in the sport through different stages of their lives.
Having discovered paddlesport in her 40’s, Kate has well and truly caught the bug - no wonder really as her first paddling experience was navigating around icebergs in Antarctica! Despite ending her first paddle back in the UK with a black, egg shaped bump on her knee she has never looked back and has packed more paddling into one year than many do into five. With a growing craft and kit collection Kate is now looking to move through the Paddle Awards and on to the Personal Performance Awards.
For Bex paddling is all about raw happiness in all its glory. From being a ‘girly girl with no hobbies’ at the age of 18 she now describes herself as a ‘girly girl with all the hobbies’ at the age of 24. Her desire to show others that there is no such thing as perfect and that that’s ok also makes her a great coach and leader.
Vicki got hooked on paddling 5 years ago, having seen an advert for St Helen's Canoe Club at her local gym. Having an autistic son had meant she and her family had become socially isolated. Paddling changed that completely. Vicki now creates campaigns in her club to encourage new female paddlers to the sport and even has a paddling related career, working for the Desmond Family Canoe Trail.
Having been through a tough few years personally, Emma returned to paddling; a sport she had loved in her teenage years. She found it the perfect therapy to help her heal. Emma’s paddling adventures are regularly accompanied by her three year old son. An active member of her club, all of Emma’s adventures, achievements and mishaps are done with a huge smile.
At the age of fifteen Donna was in a wheelchair with back issues and found her beloved sports activities were no longer achievable. After many years of surgery Donna discovered that yoga strengthened her back enough to allow her to become active once more. Stand up paddleboarding complimented this perfectly; strengthening her core as well as freeing her mind. SUP yoga is now a huge part of Donna’s life and she wants to share its benefits with others.
Coming from a deprived area of Glasgow was no barrier to Amiee’s journey into paddlesport. A 12 week personal development course with the Princes Trust in 2012 sparked a love of the outdoors. Amiee went on to study Sports Development at college, gaining coaching qualifications and going on to university to study Adventure Performance and Coaching. Joining the British Army as a reserve combat medic also led to a kayak expedition to the Amazon Rainforest.
Jo doesn’t spend much time sitting still. At the age of 54 she loves to share her enthusiasm for fitness with others. As well as being a keen paddleboarder, Jo also bodyboards, swims, cycles and plogs (runs with a litter pick along the way). This summer she is paddleboarding 162 miles from Liverpool to Goole, picking up litter and sharing the message that the waterways are wonderful for well-being and mental health. She will also be raising funds for The Wave Project and 2 Minute Beach Clean.
#ShePaddles Ambassadors news
Jo Moseley awarded Clear Access, Clear Waters Community Champion Award
Over the last few years stand up paddle boarder and all round positive role model Jo Moseley has been on a mission. A self proclaimed joy encourager, midlife adventurer and beach cleaner, Jo has spent the last few years taking on several adventures and raising money for various charities close to her heart.
Become a #ShePaddles Club Champion
Can you make a real difference to women and girls in paddlesport? British Canoeing are excited to be using their diversity funding from Sport England to support 100 #ShePaddles Club Champions in England.