British Canoeing has learnt of the sad news of the passing of our Vice-President David Green.
Canoeing was David’s life and passion. His smile and warmth shone through his involvement in the sport that stretched over eight decades.
David was renowned within the sport as one of the key drivers for the development of Long Distance Racing, now known as Marathon.
In 1954, David raced in the second longest distance canoe race from Bedford to St Neots. He joined the Long Distance Racing Committee in 1958 serving in various roles including National Coach and International Secretary.
Throughout the 1960s, he raced in both Sprint and Marathon and was Team Manager for Sella in 1965. He was also the Team Manager for four-day distance events.
David was Secretary of the Marathon Committee in the 1980's, acting as Chair from 2000 to 2003.
David’s experience also included roles for the International Canoe Federation, as Chief Boat Scrutineer and Raft Marshall from 1988 to 2005.
David was a Mechanical Engineer by trade and combined this with his love of canoeing by moving to Crediton, Devon in December 1969 to join Kirton Kayaks as manager and boat designer, first making glass fibre Struer kayaks under licence.
Although officially retiring at the age of 70, David was still developing new craft for Kirton into his mid 80’s. He remained heavily involved in flatwater canoeing and was President at Exeter Canoe Club.
David was nominated to become a Vice-President by the then British Canoe Union in 2009 and was a regular attendee at Annual General Meetings, Conferences and Awards evenings.
In 2018 David was recognised at the British Canoeing Volunteer Awards for 60 years of membership with the organisation.
British Canoeing sends our condolences to David’s family and colleagues within the sport.