British Canoeing are throwing their full support behind UK Anti-Doping’s second Clean Sport Week, which launches next Monday (21 May).
This year’s campaign, which will again have the support of a range of National Governing Bodies (NGBs), sports organisations and UK sports stars, will celebrate clean athletes and their success, and promote the work of the anti-doping community in the fight for clean sport.
The campaign will also have a strong focus on supplement use and image enhancing culture in the UK, with new research set to be revealed during the week to encourage a wider public debate on the issue.
British Canoeing announced three paddelclean ambassadors last week; Fiona Pennie, Emma Wiggs and Tim Brabants, who will promote clean sport throughout the sport, sharing their experience in paddlesports to help support all athletes.
The role of the three ambassadors is to help increase awareness of anti-doping, engage with athletes and support personnel, and input into British Canoeing’s Paddle Clean Strategy.
I think it is very important that we promote for all. That the younger athletes in our sport realise it very capable to get to the top of the sport by remaining a clean athlete and upholding the principles of clean sport, not only for yourself, but for your competitors and the sport in general.– Tim Brabants - Podium Technical Coach
Gemma Wiggs, Anti-Doping Lead Officer, added: "British Canoeing are proud and committed to promoting and supporting clean sport. Integrated within our wider Paddle Clean Education Strategy, Clean Sport Week provides a great opportunity to inform and educate all canoeists and wider support personnel to make informed choices.
"Our vision is to create a generation of canoeists, who have confidence in their own ability to succeed cleanly and who see anti-doping best practices as an integral part of being a canoeist."
A number of events will take place between 21-27 May to help raise awareness of clean sport and anti-doping programmes led by UKAD, NGBs and sporting bodies across the UK.
Nicole Sapstead, UKAD’s Chief Executive, said: “Our education programme is a vital part of our prevention work at UKAD. We are committed to delivering a high-quality programme in collaboration with our partners.
“Clean Sport Week provides the perfect platform for sports in the UK to come together and showcase the fantastic work going on from grassroots to elite level.
“At the same time, we believe there is also a vital public debate that needs to take place around the growing supplement culture in the UK and this year’s campaign will aim to do this. This has the potential to be a serious public health issue impacting on wider society and we want this debate to look at where people are obtaining their products, how aware they are of what is in them and the potential long-term effects of using them.”
UKAD and its partners are supporting athletes from grassroots to elite level through one of the world’s most extensive education and intelligence-led testing programmes. It has 30 National Trainers who deliver clean sport education, over 200 Doping Control Personnel, who work as part of the sample collection process and more than 2,300 Accredited Advisors around the UK.
The organisation provides and supports a range of educational, anti-doping and clean sport resources to help athletes at all levels including its ‘100% Me’ programme.