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Could you be a future community champion?

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In partnership with Peak UK we are looking for Clear Access Clear Waters Community Champions who can inspire a movement to campaign for fair, shared and sustainable open access!

Each month we will select one champion (either a club, group or individual) who has truly inspired others and really gone above and beyond to champion the cause.  We will be shouting about their achievements, whether that’s campaigning, organising events or spreading the word - whatever your inspirational efforts we want to know!

Successful champions will receive a bespoke , limited edition Clear Access Clear Waters Community Champion Buoyancy Aid to wear with pride! They are not available to buy and you will be the envy of your club.

It’s my privilege to support the Clear Access Clear Waters Champions. We need to show our total appreciation to the inspirational grassroots paddlers, who are championing the need for greater access and caring for our rivers for our future. Keep up the good work and let’s inspire others to join in.

– Pete Astles, Founder Peak UK.
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Andy Garlick from Meridian Canoe Club is this year’s Clear Access Clear Waters Award winner. He was crowned our winner for his work with the Medway River Clean up, helping to organise the event and generate a lot of positive publicity for paddlers.

He told us why championing Clear Access Clear Waters is so important in raising the profile of the good work of paddlers.

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Andy Garlick, with Pete Astles from Peak UK and Ivan Lawler, President of British Canoeing at our Volunteer and Recognition Awards.

For us as paddlers we really appreciate the fact that if we are going to be on water it needs to be clean and not infested with rubbish. Everyone can benefit from the water being a much cleaner place to be. Clean ups are helping to raise the profile of the good work paddlers do, and help to show the importance of having access to waterways.

– Andy Garlick, British Canoeing Clear Access Clear Waters Award Winner

Chantelle Grundy Access and Environment Officer says:

‘We have been thrilled with the response to the Clear Access Clear Waters Charter from the paddling community, who are already playing a key role in championing the cause at a local and national level.

We recognise that there are many other people in local communities inspiring a movement, going above and beyond, enthusing the message of ‘Fair Shared Sustainable Open Access’ and showcasing the positives paddlers bring to our waterways. We would love to celebrate the successes of these inspiring individuals who truly are Clear Access Clear Waters ‘Champions’ and look forward hearing about their great efforts.

– Chantelle Grundy Access and Environment Officer, British Canoeing

How to apply or nominate…

For further information and submit a nomination click here to visit the web page and fill in the online form. If you have further questions you can contact our Places to Paddle team via email: [email protected]

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