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Canoeing Coaching Talent Shines with Award Nominations

British Canoeing will be represented by five nominations across four categories at the prestigious 2018 UK Coaching Awards, being held in London next month.

The principle of the Awards is to recognise and reward great coaching from people and organisations across the UK at all levels across sport and activity, from community to high performance.

Craig Morris (canoe slalom) and Matthew Lawrence (paracanoe) have both been shortlisted in the High Performance Coach of the Year award.

Chris Brain has been recognised for his tireless work as a Coach Developer and Dave Rossetter has been shortlisted in in Lifetime Achievement Awards.

British Canoeing has also been nominated in the Coaching Culture Organisation of the Year category.

Lee Pooley, Head of Coaching and Qualifications at British Canoeing, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that British Canoeing have been recognised for the 2018 UK Coaching Awards in four categories and feel very privileged to be part of the coaching community in such a wonderful and diverse sport. 

“Over the past year we have been involved in extensive changes to the way we approach coach education, having a clear approach and philosophy to enable individuals to progress in a manner that suits them.  


The coaches that have been nominated are a great example of the first class coaching that is going on in both recreational and competition fields.”

– Lee Pooley, Head of Coaching and Qualifications at British Canoeing

A judging panel, consisting of experts from the coaching, sport and physical activity sector, deliberated from a record amount of nominations to select 33 finalists across 11 categories, recognising their great coaching achievements over the last 12 months.

Emma Atkins, Director of Coaching at UK Coaching said:

“Great coaching takes place across the UK every day and the UK Coaching Awards is our chance to formalise our recognition, congratulations and thanks to coaches for all their hard work.

“The UK Coaching Awards has been staged for over twenty years, and we are confident that this year will be the biggest celebration of great coaching yet, with new categories to reflect developments and incredible achievements over the past twelve months.

Thank you to all those who took the time to nominate a coach and/or organisation. Best of luck to all our finalists, I look forward to celebrating with you in London.”

The showpiece annual event is seen as one of the most prestigious by the coaching community and will be held at The HAC, City of London on Thursday 29 November. 


 High Performance Coach of the Year

  • Craig Morris (Canoeing)

  • Matthew Lawrence (Paracanoe)

  • Tracey Neville MBE (Netball) 


Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Dave Rossetter (Canoeing)

  • Fred Furniss (Swimming)

  •Peter Stanley (Athletics) 


Coach Developer of the Year

  • Chris Brain (Canoeing)

  •Patricia Quirke (Cycling)

  •Richard Cheetham MBE (Multi-sport)


Coaching Culture Organisation of the Year

  •British Canoeing

  • Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy

  •Youth Sport Trust