British Canoeing has today announced the launch of a new equality, diversity and inclusion initiative; #WePaddleTogether.
The launch of #WePaddleTogether aims to bring awareness to British Canoeing’s commitment to improving equality, diversity and inclusion in paddlesport by listening to and learning from paddlers and wider social conversations.
British Canoeing believes that everyone should be able to access and enjoy paddlesports regardless of their identity, background or circumstance. Whether paddling recreationally, representing the country on the world stage, or giving back through coaching or volunteering, the paddling community are stronger together when #WePaddleTogether.
To improve inclusivity across paddlesport, British Canoeing have outlined five key commitments that will be adopted and embedded across the organisation:
Speaking about the launch of #WePaddleTogether, British Canoeing CEO, David Joy said: “The #WePaddleTogether initiative is an exciting development which demonstrates our commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion throughout all the work British Canoeing does. Over the last 12 months we have worked hard to listen to and learn from our community’s experiences of paddling and have taken steps including appointing an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead to focus on the long-term development and delivery of inclusion programmes across paddlesport.
“Earlier this year, we took another big step forward appointing members to a new Inclusion Advisory Group who have provided great insight and we look forward to working with them to create more inclusive opportunities to paddle for all going forward.”
To mark the launch of #WePaddleTogether, a short film which features the faces of some of British Canoeing’s new Inclusion Advisory Group, has been produced to highlight the key aspects of the campaign.
Those featured in the video include: