Over the last few years stand up paddle boarder and all round positive role model Jo Moseley has been on a mission. A self proclaimed joy encourager, midlife adventurer and beach cleaner, Jo has spent the last few years taking on several adventures and raising money for various charities close to her heart.
However one thing that Jo has stood out for to be awarded the Clear Access, Clear Waters Community Champion award is her continued effort to rid the waterways of litter and plastic and raise important environmental messages whenever she can, whether that be in the media, on twitter, or to the people she meets on her paddles. Jo has lived and breathed our Clear Access, Clear Waters charter, and has spent the last few years inspiring more people to be active outdoors; connecting people with their environment and promoting the benefits on mental and physical well-being.
You might think Jo is a seasoned veteran in the world of watersports, but that’s not the case! Jo was flung into the world of water sports rather unusually. “One day in May 2013, aged 48, I burst into tears in the biscuit aisle of Tesco’s. I was tired, anxious and stressed. Totally overwhelmed by life.”
“Both my parents were going through chemotherapy, I was a working Mum flying solo with my boys and in the early stages of the perimenopause (without realising it!).” Jo recalls.
It was only then that Jo decided to do something a little different. She took up indoor rowing, which she used to raise money for charity, before moving onto paddleboarding and eventually her monumental challenge last summer - ‘Paddleboarding the North’. Since the beginning, Jo has been on a mission to inspire people of all ages to try paddle sport, specifically stand up paddleboarding, and has used her voice to raise awareness around a multitude of issues.
Over the last year, Jo has lived and breathed what Clear Access, Clear Waters is all about; she’s inspired people of all ages to get outside and go paddling! Alongside this she collects litter every single time she goes out and encourages others to do the same, and she’s been a one-woman PR machine in terms of speaking up for women like her in the media and championing the cause for getting outdoors and getting active.
On being presented the award, Jo Moseley said, “I have been doing my #2minutelitterpick #2minutebeachclean every day for 3 years now.
When I started paddling on the canal and saw the plastic pollution there, especially single use plastic bottles, it seemed the obvious next step to litter pick from my paddleboard. As a woman in her 50s going through the menopause, I gain so much from paddleboarding for my physical, mental & emotional wellbeing, this is my way of saying “thank you!”– Jo Moseley
“The canals & rivers are such a source of joy & beauty for us all, especially when life is stressful and hectic. My motto is “I can’t change the world but I can change the little bit around me” and that’s what I am trying to do for our waterways.”
After presenting Jo with her Clear Access, Clear Waters community champion award, British Canoeing Access & Environment Officer, Chantelle Grundy said, “Jo is an inspiring Clear Access Clear Waters Champion, her bubbly personality and can do attitude is infectious, whilst she is an inspiration to all, her story as a single working mum finding solace in paddling will chime with many.
Jo is a reflection of those who paddle because they appreciate and value the serenity that being on the water and close to nature offers to their mental health and well-being. Seeing the issue of litter along the waterways has also inspired Jo to take action on her paddles collecting it along the way and supporting #2MinuteBeachClean. Paddling on our waterways is such a tonic to so many people, its value for our health and well-being should not be underestimated.– Chantelle Grundy, British Canoeing Access & Environment Officer
Could you or someone you know be our next Community Champion? Submit a nomination today!
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. If you, or someone you know is worthy of a nomination you can find out everything you need to know here!