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Ivan Lawler MBE re-elected as President and new Vice Presidents announced

Ivan Lawler MBE has been re-elected as President of British Canoeing at the Annual General Meeting, held at Eastwood Hall, Nottinghamshire.

Ivan Lawler And Jim Rossiter

British Canoeing President Ivan Lawler MBE (pictured right) with new Vice President Jim Rossiter

Ivan, who has held the position of President since 2017, is one of Great Britain’s most successful marathon paddlers of all time, a five-time canoe marathon world champion and a canoe sprint world champion.

Ivan also competed at three Olympic Games from 1988-1996 and was awarded an MBE for services to canoeing in 2000.

Ivan Lawler MBE, speaking about his re-election as President, said:

“Being President, I get a unique insight into the work that is going on behind the scenes at British Canoeing. Having that view on the inside, you can't help but be impressed with the volume of work.

“The people I've met have been the highlight for me.

“It will be my last two years to finish the jobs that we started. The Access Charter has to maintain momentum and athlete welfare that we have got stuck into has made huge progress.”


Also at the Annual General Meeting the members approved the nominations of three new British Canoeing Vice Presidents – David Belbin, Jim Rossiter and Greg Smale.

David Belbin is a member of Nottingham Kayak Club and won a bronze medal in the C2 event at the Wild Water Racing World Championships, held in Bala in 1995. David was a long standing member of the British Canoeing Board up until 2018, taking on roles including finance committee Chair, acting Chair and Vice-Chair. He is currently Chair of Trustees at the Canoe Foundation.

Jim Rossiter has been involved within canoe racing for the last 46 years and as Team Manager to the British marathon team, he oversaw 47 world titles in World Championships and World Cups. Jim was a co-founder of Wey Kayak Club in 1972, one of the successful racing clubs and home club to Olympic Champion Liam Heath and has also served on the Southern Regional Development Team.

Greg Smale has been involved in canoeing for 40 years, predominantly in canoe polo, representing Great Britain as a player for 10 years and as coach to the British Women and Men’s teams. Between 2006 and 2014 Greg was the ICF Canoe Polo Committee Chair and was re-elected back into the post in 2016. As Chair of the Canoe Polo Committee, Greg sits on the ICF Board of Directors.

The new Vice Presidents will take up their roles with immediate effect.