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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 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: 2nd September 2019. 
  • Awards evening ceremony: 14th March 2020.

This 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: 13th September 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

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, four openly recruited Independent Members and one nominated representative from each of the three National Associations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The Terms of Reference for the National Honours and Awards Panel will be published here when available. 

Panel meeting dates are still to be finalised and will appear here in due course. However, nominations are now open and will be considered at the first panel meeting in the New Year. 

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 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 need to 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 2019.

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

  • This award is for any affiliated community paddlesport club that has 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 scale and complexity of the activity; the number of people involved; and the impact of the activity on the represented groups and the club as a whole.
  • Paddle-Ability clubs are encouraged to apply

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 2019 or the latter part of 2018. 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 2018 and Sept 2019.

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

All organisations who meet the above criteria will be invited to put themselves forward for the award by providing a supporting document of the work they are doing. These supporting documents will be used as future case studies for Go Paddling.

To assist organisations with knowing how they are doing against the criteria all those signed up as Specialist Go Paddling Providers will receive a monthly auto email which will tell them the number of certificates uploaded in the past month, the number redeemed, number not redeemed and the percentage redeemed.

The winner will be chosen by a panel, from the information they give us in their submission. There will be a cash prize of £500 for the award.

Criteria: Applicants will be eligible for the award if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are signed up as a Specialist Go Paddling Provider through the Go Paddling website.
  • They have delivered and certified both Start and Discover Paddle Awards
  • At least 50% of Start Award participants have collected their award certificates through the Go Paddling website.

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 the individual or group has raised awareness of the Clear Access, Clear Waters Campaign for fair, shared, sustainable open access on water?
  • How has the individual or group made a positive difference to local or regional access to water for paddlers?
  • What has the individual or group done to make a positive difference to the environment? 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 2018 and September 2019.

The #ShePaddles Award is given in recognition of a club going above and beyond to increase and encourage female participation and development in paddlesport. In particular we are looking for a club who has:

  • Appointed a #ShePaddles champion within the club
  • Created an inclusive culture within the club
  • Supported women into leadership and coaching roles
  • Championed gender equality within the sport
  • Educated and raised awareness on gender issues within the club
  • Interacted with and utilised the #ShePaddles initiative and accompanying advice


Criteria

  • Must be affiliated to British Canoeing
  • Must be an English club
  • At least one club member to have represented British Canoeing at a Junior and/or U23 International event in any discipline in the last 12 months from the closing date. 

Award Considerations

  • Is the club driving a sustained pipeline of individuals into the GB teams?
  • Does the club stand out against others to continually develop their provision and coaching expertise?
  • Is the club developing well rounded people as well as great athletes and offering support to parents as well as athletes? 
  • Is there athlete gender parity within the club?
  • Is there coach’s gender parity within the club?
  • Does the club engage with local clubs to share knowledge and develop best practice 

This award celebrates a club that has made a clear positive impact on young people. We'd like to see and hear....

  • What you do to actively recruit young people to your club
  • What outstanding activities you provide to motivate young people, improve their confidence and get them involved in the life of the club
  • What measures you take to keep young people in your club safe
  • How you support your assistants, coaches and leaders to run safe, fun and purposeful activities for the young
  • Any outstanding stories or examples of how your club has helped young people fall in love with paddling.

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.

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 is open to members of British Canoeing (England).

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?
  • This award is open to members of British Canoeing (England).

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 is open to members of British Canoeing (England).

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?
  • This award is open to members of British Canoeing (England).

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.