British Canoeing is pleased to announce the appointment of Fiona Pennie to the 2023 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships Stakeholder Board.
The Stakeholder Board oversees the delivery of the strategic goals and associated objectives of the Championships. Working together with our partners, it aims to deliver a world class event and create a lasting and positive impact within the paddling community.
Fiona will take up the role as Athlete Representative Member, and she said: “I’m really excited to join the stakeholder board.
“It is a fantastic opportunity to give back to the sport and I’ve got a lot of experience to bring to the group after many years of racing all over the world.
“It’s key to have athlete representation to feed into the board on what is and isn’t important to athletes to guide the event and truly make it athlete focused.
“It’s also a great opportunity for me personally to gain some valuable experience for my next steps beyond paddling.
“I hope to represent not just the British athletes but the whole international racing community to deliver a truly world class event.”
David Joy, CEO of British Canoeing and Chair of the Stakeholder Board, said: "This is a new role, created to ensure that the athlete voice is integrated into the strategic and operational planning for the World Championships. We are proud of the record of hosting international events in the UK, but we want to build on this strength and take the 2023 event to a new level."
"We are delighted to appoint Fiona to this role who brings with her a wealth of international slalom experience and a real desire to ensure the athlete needs are represented.
"The Board looks forward to also supporting Fiona's development through mentoring, expanding her network and the strategic and operational insight gained through this role."
The ICF 2023 Canoe Slalom World Championships are set to be held at Lee Valley White Water Centre, home of the British Canoe Slalom High Performance Centre and venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games, which celebrates it 10 year anniversary this year.