Aged just 17, Woody Snapper has become the youngest person to be presented with the Community Champion award sponsored by Peak UK following his excellent work around cleanups with his local club. An active member of Nottingham Kayak Club, Woody is a prime example of the brilliant part paddlers play to protect our environment.
Despite being busy with exams and other commitments, Woody has led a series of river clean ups along the River Trent, and in doing so has engaged the local council, rafters and the local public.
Whilst on the water, Woody takes time to speak to members of the public to educate them about paddle clean ups and highlight their importance. Not only does this draw people’s attention to the problems of water pollution but it also enhances relationships with the public and anglers, which is imperative in supporting future access.
During one recent clean up, Woody helped clear an area covered in vast quantities of rubbish being used by birds to nest. The birds were raising their young amongst the litter risking entanglement or ingestion of the debris, but thanks to the efforts of Woody and his team, the area was cleared, providing a safe and tidy area for the wildlife to flourish.
Woody’s continued efforts to protect and preserve the natural environment make him a great role model for the younger generation. As a qualified leader he has been able to invite members of the public to participate in clean ups too, spreading the access campaign and environmental good practice word to a wider audience.
Chantelle Grundy, Access and Environment Officer for British Canoeing, said:
Woody is an inspiring teenager, juggling clean ups with both his studies and his own development within the sport. His passion is infectious and he really inspires those around him, including members of the public whom he chats to along the way.– Chantelle Grundy, Access and Environment Officer for British Canoeing
“Woody has more clean ups planned for 2020, he has certainly been bitten by the clean ups bug and championing the case for fair shared sustainable open access!”
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!