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

2021 British Canoeing Annual Awards

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The aim of the Annual Awards is to identify and celebrate the achievements and examples of good practice in paddling activities across England and those who exemplify the British Canoeing values.

These awards are aimed at paddlers, clubs, coaches, leaders, volunteers, and anyone who has shone and inspired others during the year.  Someone or a group of people who have made a significant difference through their time and effort.

Please note that these awards are only open to British Canoeing members, and not those residing in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

Nomination and Voting Process

Nominations are open from Monday 2 August until Monday 4 October 2021. Any member of the community can submit unlimited nominations against each award. Please use the online form below to submit your nomination. 

The award categories are -

  • Above & Beyond 
  • Inspirational Person Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Outstanding Coach Award
  • Engagement Award
  • Access & Environment Award

Further guidance can be found on the Guidance for Nominations tab.

Once all the nominations are in, a panel will shortlist this to 3 per category.

These 3 nominees will then go to a 100% public vote. Each category will be open for one week of voting, with one category shared per week. Voting for the first category will be open on 18 October, and every Monday thereafter. Winners will be announced once all categories have been voted on in the week commencing 6 December 2021.

British Canoeing Honours

The National Honours and Awards Panel (NHAP) is accountable to the Board of British Canoeing for considering nominations for National Honours and Awards and presenting proposals to the Board.

The Panel ensures that nominations for Honours are invited in good time, considering all nominations received, submitting recommendations to the Board and from time to time reviewing the criteria for these Awards.

It consists of the Chair and President of British Canoeing, two other Board Members of British Canoeing, two members of the British Canoeing Executive team and four openly recruited Independent Members. The terms and reference for the panel can be found here. 

Nominations are open all year round for: Award of Honour, Award of Valour and Outstanding Contribution and nominations received will be considered at the next panel meeting.

The next panel meeting is:

TBC

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 the 2021 Annual Awards and British Canoeing Honours.

2021 British Canoeing Annual Awards

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This is an award for an individual or group who have quite literally gone above and beyond in your community. This could be someone or a group of people at your Club or a fellow paddler who has gone significantly above and beyond expectations.

Recognising someone who has inspired others around them, whether that be through performance, adventure, adversity or other. They could have delivered an impactful project, helped improve opportunities for other members, developed new practice, delivered an outstanding performance, improved club coaching opportunities or created innovative opportunities.

Recognising an outstanding young person(s) who have contributed to their club or local group as a volunteer, coach or leader. A young person who is under 19 on 1st January 2022 who commits time and effort to the club, organisation 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.

Recognising an outstanding individual who has made a significant difference through coaching. (The winner of this category will be the English nomination to the UK Geoff Good Award)

This award is in recognition of someone or a group of people who have engaged paddlers and/or the wider community in paddling. Whether it be working with a community group to introduce them to paddling or keeping members motivated and feeling part of the paddling community.

This award celebrates individuals, groups, clubs or organisations that have made a clear positive impact on access and environmental issues. This might be campaigning locally, negotiating better access for paddlers or going above and beyond to protect and preserve or enhance the environment.

British Canoeing Honours

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Criteria

  • This award is open to all members of all National Associations (British Canoeing, Scottish Canoe Association, Canoe Wales, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland).
  • UK National Honours give recognition and reward to people who have devoted a large part of their lives to the service of others. They are awarded by the Queen (Such as MBE, OBE, CBE, BEM).
  • They are there to recognise many areas of achievement including outstanding, meritorious and long serving commitment or outstanding sporting achievement within the sport of canoeing.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations from the membership for British Canoeing to consider can be submitted at any point in the year and then held on file until the UK National Honours nomination window opens. British Canoeing will actively promote for nominations a couple of times each year.
  • Nominations will be made to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport by British Canoeing, for those who have made a contribution to the sport in England or in a UK context. The Boards of the other National Associations may make nominations directly in a similar way.
  • The NHAP will consider these nominations and make recommendations for consideration and approval by the Board.
  • Clubs or individuals within the sport may also nominate directly to UK National Honours system without the involvement of British Canoeing.

Criteria

  • This award is open to all members of all National Associations (British Canoeing, Scottish Canoe Association, Canoe Wales, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland).
  • The awarding of Vice President is the highest honour within British Canoeing and reserved for those who have made an exceptional lifetime commitment to the sport.
  • It recognises those who have made the most unique contribution to the sport either as a participant, coach or administrator at National Association level, at UK level or at International level.
  • This role is defined within the Articles and nominations have to be approved by the membership at an AGM. 
  • Vice Presidents are invited to support the work of the President to be ambassadors for British Canoeing at championships, events and on formal occasions.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations for the position of Vice Presidents need to be approved by the AGM of British Canoeing and requiring a 75% majority.
  • It may be awarded to any participant, 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 initially by the NHAP, who shall make recommendations for consideration and approval by the Board. The Board will in turn consider and approve the nominations to be presented to the AGM.
  • Nominations will be invited annually in the final quarter of the year, with proposals being presented to the next AGM.

Criteria

  • This award is open to all members of all National Associations (British Canoeing, Scottish Canoe Association, Canoe Wales, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland).
  • This Award is reserved for recognition of outstanding service, commitment and major contribution to the sport over a number of years at national or international level. 
  • It may be awarded to any participant, coach, official or administrator in the sport. 
  • This Award is approved by the Board of British Canoeing.

Nomination Process

  • 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 NHAP. Their nominations will then be considered for approval by the Board.
  • Nominations will be invited at least annually by British Canoeing.

Criteria

  • This Award is reserved for recognition of outstanding service, commitment and contribution to the sport over a number of years, at club, local, regional or national level within England.
  • It may be awarded to any participant, coach, official or administrator in the sport. 
  • This Award is approved by the Board of British Canoeing.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations can be made by the Board of British Canoeing, any club or committee within the English organisational structure of British Canoeing.
  • Nominations will be considered by the NHAP. Their recommendations will then be considered for approval by the Board.
  • Nominations will be invited at least annually by British Canoeing.

Criteria

  • This Award is reserved to recognise the gallantry of any individual who brings assistance to others within an aquatic situation. 
  • This Award is approved by the Board of British Canoeing.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations can be made by the Board of British Canoeing, any club or committee within the English organisational structure of British Canoeing.
  • Nominations will be considered by the NHAP. Their recommendations will then be considered for approval by the Board.
  • Nominations will be invited at least annually by British Canoeing, but may also be received and considered at any point during the year.