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Performance Wellbeing

Use this page to find out about Performance Wellbeing at British Canoeing, and to access key policies and forms.

What's it all about?

British Canoeing's Performance Wellbeing vision is for all athletes, staff and volunteers to thrive in a performance environment that allows them to fulfil their potential and reflect positively on their experiences.

In August 2017 the Performance Wellbeing Group (PWG) was formed, bringing together key staff, athlete, and external representatives to prioritise the wellbeing of athletes, staff, and volunteers involved in our Talent and Performance programmes. The PWG launch article is published here.

Jon Schofield

I'm delighted with the work that the PWG is doing. Our sport is a fantastic one and I am passionate about making sure everyone who is involved with it comes away with experiences as positive as those I have had.

– Jon Schofield, Olympic bronze and silver medallist

Etienne Stott and Zofia Campbell talk Performance Wellbeing

Athlete Voice Representatives

Interested in gaining professional skills whilst acting as a spokesperson for athletes at British Canoeing? Apply for an Athlete Rep position!

Our Athlete Reps will work as a collaborative group across Canoeing disciplines to give fellow athletes the opportunity to have their voices heard. If you are a UK programme athlete and would like more information or to express your interest, contact Zofia on The deadline for expressing interest is 17th November 2017.

Video of the month:

It is important to note that British Canoeing do not condone the practices described in this video that led to excessive pressure on the athlete. Our coaches and support staff are trained to facilitate our athlete-centred approach and promote a balanced lifestyle for all our athletes.

Article of the month:

Mallory Franklin Semi Final

Potential Costs of an Exclusive Athletic Identity - Believe Perform

Support Staff

Meet our Performance Wellbeing Coach:

Read more about our Performance Wellbeing Coach

Hi – my name's Zofia and I’m the Performance Wellbeing Coach at British Canoeing. It’s my job to help make British Canoeing a positive environment for athletes, coaches, and volunteers, and to support with any questions or concerns relating to the wellbeing of our athletes. I’m based at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham, but also visit Lee Valley regularly, so if you see me around please do say hello!  

If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to contact me on

Meet our Performance Lifestyle Advisor:

Read more about our Performance Lifestyle Advisor

Emma works as the (EIS) Performance Lifestyle Advisor for British Canoeing working as part of the multi-disciplinary support team for athletes on the Olympic and Paralympic World Class Programmes.

The Performance Lifestyle service exists to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the pursuit of performance and the care for the person behind the performance. The main areas of expertise within Performance Lifestyle are: Managing Transitions, Supporting Wellbeing, Career Development and Planning, Personal and Professional Development and Finance. For more information please click on the link here or see the PL Delivery Principles here.

The Performance Wellbeing Strategy

Find out more about the Performance Wellbeing Group

View Performance Wellbeing Strategy

Report Incidents or Safeguarding Concerns

Visit this page to see our Safeguarding contacts that will be happy to talk with you about any concerns.

British Canoeing Policies

Information about Mental Health Support

External Support for Athletes