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Volunteer Awards and Online Nominations

Welcome to our online nominations page. Here you can nominate an individual for an award using our online form, and access guidance to aid your nomination. 

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Online Nominations

Welcome to our online nominations page. You can nominate an individual for an award using the online form below. We recommend using a desktop or laptop to complete the form.

For guidance as you complete the form, use the Guidance For Nominations tab to flip between form and guidance.

There are three nomination pathways you can go down to recognise and nominate your volunteer. Simply choose your pathway from the drop down below and the nomination form will appear. The pathways are:

Annual Volunteer & Recognition Awards
  • Deadline for applications: 30th September 2018. 
  • Awards evening ceremony: 9th March 2019.

This route includes a series of awards including Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer, Club of the Year, The John MacGregor Challenge Award and more.

Annual Coaching & Leadership Awards
  • Deadline for applications: 14th April 2019. 
  • Awards evening ceremony: 23rd November 2019.

This includes a series of awards focusing on Coaches and Leaders volunteering within the sport. Awards include, Impact on Coaching, Young Coach/Leader, Performance Coach and Community Coach.

British Canoeing Honours

This route includes our Outstanding Contribution Award. Other British Canoeing Honours can only be nominated for via the Discipline or Regional Committees.

  • These award nominations are open throughout the year and will be announced and received at dedicated events.

Online Nomination Form

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Guidance for Nominations

On this page you can find the guidance for completing the online nomination forms for Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards and British Canoeing Honours.

Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Guidance

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Volunteers working behind the scenes, and those working in the community and regions, who have made a significant difference through their time and effort. This may include a range of roles such as safety, events, safeguarding, club officials, access, environmental, regional and discipline volunteer roles. This award is for a volunteer who has committed a considerable amount of time and effort to their club or community.

  • Consider the number and type of roles in which this person volunteers in.
  • Consider the length of time and frequency as a volunteer.
  • What impact has their volunteering had on the club or community?
  • Have they done anything that makes them stand out as a volunteer?

Criteria: Nominee must be unpaid, can be any age.

A young person who is under 19 who commits time and effort to their club, centre or community throughout the year in one or more unpaid roles. Consider the young people who volunteer behind the scenes as well as those who have made the successful step on a coaching/leadership pathway.

  • This award is for any unpaid, young volunteer who helps in any capacity, not just young coaches.
  • Consider the length of time they have been volunteering, the impact they have had as a volunteer, and the contribution to their organisation/community.
  • How many of roles they have taken on and are there any additional commitments this person has (i.e. school, participant, additional voluntary roles)?

Criteria: Nominee must be unpaid, nominee must be under 19 on the 1st September 2018.

In recognition of outstanding contribution and commitment to increasing opportunities for under-represented groups of all ages to participate in canoeing.

This award is for an individual or a group of volunteers who have made a significant impact in increasing; opportunities for all under-represented groups including: disabled people, females, LGBT, BEM, to participate in the sport.

  • Consider the length of time and frequency as a volunteer.
  • Consider the number of hours spent volunteering in their role.
  • Consider the adversity and stigma they may have overcome.
  • Consider the number of roles this person is involved in; and their impact.

Criteria: Can be a club, or group, or individual. Nominee can be any age.

Endurance – Adventure – Exploration – Performance

This National award celebrates the achievements and the pioneering spirit of John MacGregor, the founder of the Sport of Canoeing in the UK.

The award is open to individuals or groups who have undertaken an exceptional challenge in 2018 or the latter part of 2017. This is a wide ranging award to recognise “an outstanding challenge” for those whose experience is inspirational to others.

It recognises any of the following, endurance, adventure, exploration, overcoming adversity and performance.

  • What has been achieved?
  • What challenges have been overcome?
  • What impact has this had on the sport or those involved?
  • Has your nominee achieved something that has not been done before?

Criteria: Must have completed the challenge between June 2017 and September 2018.

Open to all British Canoeing affiliated clubs for the prestigious title of Club of the Year.

  • Does the club provide a great experience for everyone involved?
  • Does the club provide opportunities for everyone to experience high quality activities at all levels of Paddlesport?
  • Does the club excel in Volunteer Management and the development of coaches and volunteers?
  • Does the club have strong links and an innovative approach to working with schools and/or youth groups?
  • Does the club stand out against others for working to improve the environment, supporting access or has been involved in an innovative project?

Criteria: Must be an affiliated club to British Canoeing.

The Go Canoeing Award will recognise an organisation who has gone above and beyond using the Go Canoeing Programme’s initiatives to help maintain and grow participation in paddlesports in their area.

Applicants are asked to share how the nominee has engaged with Go Canoeing in one or more of the following:

  • Does the organisation run introductory activities? (Starter Sessions, Introductory courses, Guided Tours, Hire and Canoe Trails).
  • Consider how the organisation allows new participants to engage and progress. How do they offer a pathway from beginner sessions through to regular activity? Canoe Trails and Challenge Routes?
  • Does the organisation offer seasonal campaigns and initiatives such as National Go Canoeing Week, World Rivers Day and Halloween?
  • Consider how the organisation has run or supported a recreational event or has links to local community events e.g open days, festivals, regional events, skill development days, women’s specific, disability specific, youth, older or ethnic minorities.

Criteria: This organisation will have registered with British Canoeing within the last 12 months. They will have a process in place to have regular communications with the Go Canoeing team to feedback and share participation information.

This award celebrates an individual, group, or project that has made a clear positive impact on access and environment issues. This might be campaigning locally, or negotiating better access for paddlers, or going above and beyond to protect and preserve or enhance the environment.

  • How has the individual or group made a positive difference to local or regional access to water for paddlers?
  • How has the individual or group made canoeing more accessible to more people through securing safer or easier access to the water?
  • What has the individual or group done to make a difference to the environment; is it cleaner, healthier? What action have they undertaken to enhance or protect the environment for future generations?
  • Consider how the individual or group has raised awareness of environmental good practice such as Check, Clean, Dry?

Criteria: Examples must come from the last 12 months. Between September 2017 and September 2018.

The Impact award recognises and celebrates an individual, a group/club or a project that has had a significant impact on others or themselves and has created lifelong change.

  • Consider how your nominee has made an impact on others e.g. the community, a club, their friends and or an individual.
  • Has your nominee made a positive change to/impact on themselves?
  • Consider how your nominee may have made an impact on the future of the sport.
  • Concentrate this nomination on something or someone that has really made a difference.

British Canoeing Honours

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This award is reserved for recognition of outstanding service, commitment and major contribution to the sport over a number of years, in any branch of the sport at local, regional or national level within England.

This is awarded by the Board of British Canoeing and it may be awarded to any participant, coach, official or administrator in the sport who has made a contribution to the sport at local, regional or national level.

Nominations will be considered by a newly formed Honours Panel. Their nominations will be considered by the Board.

The Award of Honour is a higher level award than the Outstanding Contribution Award and is reserved for recognition of outstanding service, commitment and major contribution to the sport over a number of years, in any branch of the sport either nationally or internationally.

This is awarded by the Board of British Canoeing and it may be awarded to any participant, coach, official or administrator in the sport who has made an international or national contribution to British Canoeing.

Nominations can be made by the Board of any National Association and any committee within the organisational structure of British Canoeing and the National Associations.

Nominations will be considered by a newly formed Honours Panel. Their nominations will be considered by the Board.

This award is reserved to recognise any paddler, volunteer or administrator whose gallantry or devotion in bringing assistance to others in an aquatic situation should be considered to be of outstanding merit. This is awarded by the Board of British Canoeing and it may be awarded to any participant, parent, coach, official or administrator in the sport. Nominations can be made by the Board of any National Association, any club or committee within the organisational structure of British Canoeing and the National Associations. Nominations will be considered by the Safety Panel. Their nominations will be considered by the Board.

Annual Coaching & Leadership Awards

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This award recognises a coach or leader who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of coaching and individual coaches through the delivery of effective education programmes.

Guidance:
  • Consider a front line tutor or volunteer who has left a legacy through the development of others
  • Has your nominee make an impact on an individual, a group or their community?
  • Consider the lasting opportunities now available due to the support of your nominee
  • Does your nominee support and encourage others to become involved in coaching and leading?
  • Concentrate this nomination on something or someone that has really made a difference.

This award recognises a coach supporting athletes at the elite level. This coach has made an outstanding contribution to the development of their paddlers through exceptional coaching, demonstrating creativity in their coaching methods that fit the needs of the participants.

Guidance:
  • Delivers enjoyable, inclusive and athlete–centred coaching sessions which support the aspirations of their athletes
  • Consider how your nominee has established a positive culture within their coaching environment.
  • Has your nominee demonstrated commitment to their own personal development through accessing formal and/or informal learning opportunities linked to their role?
  • Does your nominee mentor, encourage and support other coaches in their development?
  • How does your nominee make an ongoing effort to support and encourage athletes to improve their performances and inspire them to reach their goals?

In recognition of a qualified coach, paid or voluntary, who works from entry level upwards across all types of Paddlesport whether with young people or adults and who is invaluable within their club, centre or local area/region.

Guidance:
  • Is your coach an outstanding role model within their community?
  • Consider how your coach recognises their ability to getting more people starting, staying and / or succeeding in sport through excellent coaching delivery.
  • How does your nominee work, grow and share knowledge with other coaches, positively supporting them in their development?

This award recognises a young coach or leader who has demonstrated commitment to their own development, showing a desire to upskill themselves and learn from others. Nominees should be 25 or under on the 23rd November 2019.

Guidance:
  • Is your nominee a dedicated and inspiring young person who shows regular commitment to their paddlers?
  • How does your nominee show a creative, enthusiastic and motivational approach to coaching?
  • Consider how this coach/leader acts as an ambassador for young coaches or leaders and British Canoeing.
  • How do they demonstrate personal growth, increased well being or overcoming personal barriers through their volunteering?

Each Home Nation association will submit one of their Coaching Award winners for the Geoff Good Coach of the Year Award.

Guidance:

Coaches nominated by their Home Nations have an active interest in paddlesport and paddlesport coaching. For example, this could be in their club, local authority or school. The nomination could be from any area of our diverse sport including youths, voluntary, competition, non-competition or commercial coaches.