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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:

2020 British Canoeing Virtual Awards

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In light of the unique year we are in, the 2020 British Canoeing Virtual Awards provide a chance to celebrate the great spirit of the paddling community throughout the challenges of covid. 

These awards are aimed at paddlers, clubs, coaches, leaders, volunteers, anyone who has shone during the pandemic and given you a sense of normality, or stepped up, during this time. Someone who has 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 between Monday 28 September until Sunday 25 October. 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 -

  • Lockdown Hero - sponsored by Peak UK
  • Best Use of Lockdown - sponsored by Jaffa
  • Best Creative Activity - sponsored by Vow Nutrition
  • The Digital Award (Best lockdown video/photo) – sponsored by Towergate
  • Engagement Award - sponsored by Igloo Energy

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 50% panel vote and 50% public vote. Each category will be open for one week voting with one category a week at a time.  Winners will be announced at the end of their week of voting.  Voting for the first category will be open on 9 November.

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 Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards and British Canoeing Honours.

2020 British Canoeing Virtual Awards

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Who has been your Lockdown Hero? Who has inspired you during lockdown? This award is aimed at recognising someone who has gone above and beyond during this pandemic. This could be someone at your Club, a Coach or Leader, or one of your fellow paddlers who has done something inspirational during this time.

This award is in recognition of outstanding contribution, commitment and time during lockdown. Do you know someone or a group of people who has used this lockdown effectively? Did they complete all the jobs that have been piling up, like painting the boat shed? Or has a coach planned lots of sessions after attending webinars throughout lockdown? Have you had your normal weekly training sessions online? Tell us about someone or a group who has made the best use of this time.

Share the most creative activity during lockdown! Inspire us and others with yours or nominate others creative achievements! Consider the scale and complexity of the activity; the number of people involved; and the impact of the activity.

Share your best paddling related lockdown video or photo! Show us how you continued to embrace your love of paddlesport during this time. Did you set up a pool in your garden? Did you share paddlesport related exercises or activities to keep you and/or others motivated? Or did your quizmaster have a great zoom background?

This award is in recognition of someone/a group of people who have gone above and beyond to try to engage paddlers and keep you motivated throughout this period. This is aimed at anyone who has stepped up to try to keep your club, paddlers, parents and athletes engaged, motivated and feeling part of the community. Was there someone/a group who held a weekly quiz no matter what, did you complete your daily/weekly coaching sessions via zoom?

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.