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British Canoeing opens applications for Inclusion Advisory Group

Since reflecting on feedback from our membership during the summer of 2020, British Canoeing has been examining more closely how we can improve and develop on our work on equality, diversity and inclusion, and build inclusive paddlesport settings for all. 

As part of this continued work, British Canoeing is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the British Canoeing Inclusion Advisory Group.

British Canoeing believe that everyone should be able to access and enjoy paddlesports, regardless of their identity, background or circumstances, whether they wish to paddle recreationally, represent their country on the world stage, or give back to the community through coaching or volunteering.

The purpose of the Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) will be to advise the organisation on inclusion and anti-discrimination topics across paddlesport, as well as acting as champions of diversity as representatives of the paddlesport community.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Helena Russo, commented:

“I am delighted to be able to announce the formation of the first ever Inclusion Advisory Group, which will be pivotal in British Canoeing taking on direct feedback on its efforts around equality, diversity and inclusion.

“The IAG will support British Canoeing to implement meaningful change based on the insight and experiences of different communities across various settings, and ultimately driving paddlesports towards becoming the inclusive sport we want it to be.

“We look forward to bringing this team together, and on board with British Canoeing.”

The Inclusion Advisory Group will consist of members from across the paddling community, and from the wider equality, diversity and inclusion sector, to create a group focussed on creating informed and impactful changes for all who paddle.

In order to achieve this aim, British Canoeing are encouraging applications from as diverse communities as possible, and from any area of expertise, whether you paddle competitively or recreationally, or are a volunteer or a qualified coach.

Head of Governance and Compliance, Nancy Squires, said:

“The IAG will bring together a diverse and experienced group of individuals and provide an invaluable support to our organisation as we develop and deliver the new Equality Action Plan.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for those passionate about inclusion to help us shape a more inclusive sport for all.”

Details of how to apply for a position on the Inclusion Advisory Group can be found on the British Canoeing website.

Applications close on Friday 23 April at 5:00pm. For further information or support, please contact [email protected].

Further information about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion work at British Canoeing is also available on our website.