British Canoeing has launched a brand new podcast, Clear Access, Clear Waters – The Paddler's Podcast hosted by Olympic champion Etienne Stott MBE.
Etienne explores the reasons why we get on the water, from the extensive work around access and clean ups in the Derwent Valley with Peak UK to meeting some of our female ambassadors who share with us the reasons why they paddle and how it has transformed their lives.
He said: “I'm really proud to be hosting Clear Access, Clear Waters - the paddlers podcast. One of the reasons I love the paddling community is that there are lots of independent thinkers with a can-do spirit so it's been really nice to spend time getting to know some of them a bit better and learning about what they're doing to make our sport, our communities and our environment better for us all.
I hope people enjoy the podcast and that it gets more paddlers thinking about what they can do.– Etienne Stott MBE
In this series presented by British Canoeing he'll be meeting paddlers and chatting with them to find out what inspires them into the sport and the environmental challenges they face.
Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager for British Canoeing, said: “More and more people are listening to Podcasts, in the car, in the kitchen in the gym so we saw this as a fresh way to talk to new audiences.
“It’s been great to explore the different reasons why people have a passion for paddling and their love for keeping our waterways healthy.
As part of Clear Access, Clear Waters we committed to inspiring more people to be active outdoors; connecting people with their environment and promoting the benefits of mental and physical well-being.– Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager for British Canoeing
“We hope that this podcast will go some way to amplify our message to a wider range of people.”
Clear Access, Clear Waters was launched almost a year ago. It was a significant landmark for British Canoeing and a starting point for what has been a year of lobbying and activity across the organisation.
With a record number of river clean ups, including the removal of tonnes of rubbish and non-native species from our waterways, more members than before have been in contact with their MPs to campaign for fair, shared, sustainable open access for all water users.