How we work
British Canoeing is dedicated to supporting the most talented athletes in the Olympic disciplines of Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint Racing and the Paralympic discipline Paracanoe to win medals at the highest level. Having consistently won Olympic medals since 2000, the sport gained its first ever Olympic Champion, Tim Brabants, in 2008. We followed this success with our best ever Olympic results, winning two Gold and two Silver Medals at the Rio Olympic Games 2016. We also had great success in our Paralympic debut, winning three Gold and two Bronze Medals at the Rio Paralympic Games 2016.
Our overall aim is to improve on our Rio 2016 performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Our Vision and Purpose, Objectives and Values
Canoe Slalom Vision- To create a world class enviorment where paddlers can excel in Canoe Slalom, foucsed on people and inspiring success at all levels
Canoe Sprint Vision- A united and inspired community delivering unprecedented athlete success
Paracanoe Vision- Inspire, Thrive, Perform
The purpose of the World Class Programme is to support athletes to be the best they can be with the aspiration of winning Olympic and Paralympic medals.
1. To win a minimum of two Olympic and five Paralympic medals in Tokyo 2020
2. To build a strong development team capable of winning more medals in Paris 2024 nd beyond
These are British canoeing’s 6 values which the performance programme athletes and staff live by on a day to day basis;
Every person matters
We will build a culture that is people-centred and inclusive, and offers support to all of our people based upon their individual needs. We understand that an athlete’s development and performance will depend upon their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, and that medals are an outcome of a system that prioritises looking after athletes as people first.
Striving for excellence
We will set and expect high standards of athletes, coaches and practitioners as they strive towards success on the world stage. We will focus on continual growth and improvement, creating a thirst for learning through the sharing of knowledge, expertise and philosophies. Always with Integrity Our culture will be built on the foundations of mutual trust, respect, honesty and transparency.
Always with integrity
Our culture will be built on the foundations of mutual trust, respect, honesty and transparency.
Enjoying the journey
We will provide stimulating, challenging, positive and supportive environments that enable athletes to have the best possible experiences in the sport.
People will be inspired and empowered to pursue their passion for the sport, and their efforts and contributions will be recognised and valued.
There will be a strong sense of team and community, where volunteers, clubs, coaches and support staff work together in an inclusive, open and collaborative partnership, aligned behind a long-term strategic vision for the sport.
These Values define how we go about our business throughout British Canoeing, applying equally to athletes, coaches, staff, committee members and volunteers.
We want to inspire individuals to be the best they can be and this starts by putting our elite athlete’s right at the heart of everything we do.