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Steve Backshall joins British Canoeing to launch National Go Canoeing Week 2017


Steve Backshall joined British Canoeing at Lee Valley White Water Centre on Monday 8 May to launch this year’s National Go Canoeing Week

The Adventurer and TV presenter is a lifetime paddler, having taken up canoeing in the scouts as a youngster and is joining National Go Canoeing Week as an official ambassador. 

He said; ‘I’d encourage everyone to get out on the water this May half term for National Go Canoeing Week.

Canoeing is a great activity for everyone regardless of age and ability. There is a paddlesport for everyone, from white water rafting to stand up paddle boarding. You can pack a picnic and the whole family into a Canadian canoe and have your own big adventure. Or pop along to your local club or centre to find a beginners session. It doesn’t cost much to get involved but the benefits are fantastic.

– Steve Backshall

“I’d urge everyone to get on the water, just make sure you log your miles and you could win a great prize."

During National Go Canoeing Week clubs and centres up and down the UK will be running a series of events for families to take part in. There will be a series of starter sessions run for novices where participants can just turn up and get a feel for what paddling is all about. 

Alternatively you could tackle one of the British Canoeing Challenge Paddles and take in the scenery of the beautiful British waterways. Whether it’s a one, two or six mile paddle you fancy, or perhaps you want to do the big one, The Three Lakes Challenge, there are plenty of ways to get out on a new adventure. 

Keep an eye on our channels over the coming weeks to hear more from Steve on how to get involved with this year’s National Go Canoeing Week