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Hurley Classic returns for 2018 championing an environmental message

We have been moved by the effort to help our environment and in 2018 this becomes action.

– Andrew Jackson

The Hurley Classic returns on the 17th and 18th March and this year will be championing an environmental message.

We spoke to Andrew Jackson, Chairman of the GB Freestyle Committee and Event Director to find out more about how competitors and spectators at this years event can help give back to the environment.

“All too often, we find our once beautiful waterways blighted by litter that harms local wildlife  and ends up in our oceans where plastics can take centuries to break down.

"There’s a strong sense amongst organisers, participants and spectators of the Hurley Classic that it’s not enough to simply enjoy our rivers and aquatic ecosystems; it’s time to give back.’ 

This year, the Hurley Classic is launching a range of new initiatives to make the event as environmentally friendly as possible. 

These include;

  • ‘Live Environmental Audits’ which will be driven by everyone at the event, identifying areas where improvement is needed and putting actions into place 
  • Single use plastics will be removed from catering services 
  • Sorted waste disposal units will be provided for recycling 
  • Lift shares will be encouraged to cut down on the number of cars attending 
  • Together with Active360 and their collaboration of water-sports partners, environmental guidance will be provided for attendees to take home and put into practice

"We’ve always been conscious and mindful of what we can do to help, and this event is such a useful vehicle for teaching others.

"It’ll be hard work, but we have influencers; for example world champions out there on the water picking up litter and that will lead the culture.

"As we recognise our success, the local environment and consequently the global environment will become part of our collaboration, and hopefully the impact of the event will be positive in every way.”

You can find out more about the Hurley Classic and their environmental campaign here.

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You can read more about this years Hurley Classic and Young Guns event in the latest edition of The Paddler Magazine, produced in partnership with British Canoeing and incorporating Canoe Focus magazine. 

Read more about this years Hurley Classic and Young Guns event in the latest edition of The Paddler Magazine, produced in partnership with British Canoeing and incorporating Canoe Focus magazine. 

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