About Performance Wellbeing
Elite sport can be tough and so it's vital that athletes are supported throughout their journey in sport.
This page and the associated tabs are a collection of resources and policies which have the aim of supporting everyone to enjoy their involvement in competitive Canoeing. This page is primarily aimed at Olympic and Paralympic disciplines but we hope others can also benefit from some of the content and resources.
The term Performance Wellbeing represents our goal to support our people to be safe and well, to reach their performance potential, to cope with the demands of high performance sport and to reflect positively on their experiences.
We hope that the right support is available and accessible when athletes, staff, or volunteers need it most. We might not always get this right, and so we welcome ideas and input from anyone involved in the sport including athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers. If you're facing a challenge we hope there is someone or something here to help you, and if not, we want to help find it! You will find contact details on the following tabs for a variety of people that will be able to offer guidance or signpost you to further support.
For information about our Performance Wellbeing Group (PWG) please click here.
Meet our Athlete Reps and Support Staff
The Athlete Rep Group
The Athlete Rep Group (ARG) represent the voice of athletes across the World Class and Talent Programmes within our Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. The British Athletes Commission (BAC) - an independent membership association representing the interests of athletes in elite performance sports - support the Athlete Reps in their voluntary roles.
View our Athlete Rep poster here!
The Athlete Reps deliver the opinions and feedback of our World Class Programme (WCP) and Talent Programme athletes to senior staff including the Performance Leadership Team and the British Canoeing Board. Athlete Reps are also equipped to act as advisors to support the queries or concerns of fellow athletes. This peer-to-peer scheme provides an alternative route for athletes to be heard when they may be unsure to whom or how their comments should be delivered.
Our Canoeing Athlete Reps for 2020-2022 are:
- Afton Fitzhenry (WCP athlete, Sprint)
- Katie Reid (WCP athlete, Sprint)
- Phil Miles (WCP athlete, Sprint)
- Chelsey Dixon (WCP athlete, Paracanoe)
- Stewart Clarke (WCP athlete, Paracanoe)
- Kimberley Woods (WCP athlete, Slalom)
- Ben Haylett (WCP athlete, Slalom)
British Canoeing's World Class Programmes and Talent Programmes are lucky to benefit from a variety of support staff who are available to answer questions or concerns relating to wellbeing, such as coaches, administrators, sports science practitioners, and a Chief Medical Officer.
Below we introduce two staff members who have a particular involvement in athlete welfare who you may like to contact if you have questions or concerns about performance wellbeing.
Performance Wellbeing Coach, Zofia Campbell
Hi – my name's Zofia and I’m the Performance Wellbeing Coach at British Canoeing.
It’s my job to support Talent and World Class Programme athletes and staff and to manage any questions or concerns relating to the wellbeing of our athletes. I am also the Safeguarding Lead for our Talent and World Class Programmes.
If you'd like to get in touch, please contact me on [email protected]
Performance Lifestyle Advisor, Emma Groome
Get in Contact
We want to encourage a free and open culture across the whole of our sport. If you’re worried about something or if you have a concern or question, we want to address it.
Communication is essential for us to resolve problems, but also for us to be aware of and deal with potential issues before problems arise. Click the image below to view our flowchart for raising queries or concerns within or relating to the Performance Department.
Click me to view how to raise a concern!
For non-urgent safeguarding concerns, you should speak to Zofia Campbell (Performance Wellbeing Coach and Performance Safeguarding Lead) if your concern relates to our World Class Programme or Talent Programmes. Click here to view the reporting flowchart in such cases. You can view details of alternative routes to report a Safeguarding concern here.
Accident or Near-Miss
Use this form to report an accident or near-miss.
Athlete Rep Group
If you are an athlete on our World Class or Talent Programmes and you would like to contact the Athlete Rep Group, you can:
- Speak to any of the Reps face to face within your daily training environment.
- Contact them individually via email or social media.
- Email them on [email protected].
- Use our anonymous online comment feature below.
Answer the below question to submit a comment, query or concern to the ARG. You're welcome to leave anonymous comments by withholding your name and email address but please note that this will mean that the ARG will not be able to respond to you directly. We encourage you to leave some contact details in case the ARG would like to follow up on your comments or investigate any concerns in more detail.
Information and Resources
On this page you can find a range of useful information and resources.
Performance Wellbeing Strategy
Click the diagram on the right to view the key areas of focus of our Performance Wellbeing strategy.
- Our Performance Wellbeing Strategy for 2022-2024 will be published in 2022.
Safeguarding Policies and Guidance
Our Performance Programmes follow a range of safeguarding policies and guidance. These cover reporting concerns, mental health, trip welfare and more. Click the relevant document below to download.
- Reporting Guide for Safeguarding Concerns within Performance and Talent
- Safeguarding Children Policy
- Safeguarding Adults Policy
- Safeguarding Procedure by British Canoeing and the Safeguarding Case Management Group
- Interim Suspension Policy for Safeguarding Investigations
- One-to-one Coaching Arrangements Policy and Infographic
- Mental Health Support Guidelines
- EIS Mental Health Support
- Accident Protocol
- Welfare Point of Contact on Trips: requirements
- Welfare Point of Contact on Trips: responsibilities
- Welfare Point of Contact and Chaperone Guidance
- Social Media Guidelines for Staff
- Communicating with Athletes Guidance
- Risk Assessment Procedure for Coaches
Below stores useful performance information. Click the relevant document to download.
- WCP Athlete Handbook 2022
- WCP Athlete Agreement 2022
- Transitioning into a High Performance Centre - Guidance for Olympic WCPs
- Centralisation Philosophy: Training at a High Performance Centre or remotely
- Whistleblowing Policy
- Athlete Grievance Policy
- Appeals Procedure including Summary
- Code of Conduct for the Coaching Workforce
- Athlete Code of Conduct
- Athlete Code of Conduct including T&Cs - Talent Programme and other British Teams
- Consequences for Breaches of the Athlete Code of Conduct
- Athlete Disciplinary Policy
- Parents and Carers Code of Conduct
- Consequences for Breaches of the Parent/Carer Code of Conduct
Performance Wellbeing Advice and Information
Here is some of our wellbeing advice. Click the relevant document to download.
- British Canoeing Mental Health Concerns Flowchart
- Mental Health Support - Helplines and Websites
- Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) - it's NOT concussion!
- Illness Advice Flowchart
- Illness Advice: Medication and Recovery
- Hygiene Habits for Athletes