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North West Recognition and Awards

Here are our regional award winners. 

2017 Winners

Christopher Proffitt has been been awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Paddlesports.

Chris has always put the needs of his Oldham and District Canoe Club first and is great at making things happen. He has held a number of committee positions as Lead Coach, Secretary, Chair, Trip Organiser and Fundraiser. He has arranged many events which have provided lots of courses to paddlers all over the North West at minimal cost, including many FSRT's at High Rid reservoir. He has introduced and developed many people in paddlesport. Chris has been an absolute stalwart of paddling in the North West, and has made a major contribution.



Maya Ray-Cross (Mayo) has been awarded Impact on Equality and Diversity.

Mayo is an outstanding spokesperson for our sport. She blogs tirelessly and shares her story to inspire both those already in our sport and disabled people not already taking part in our sport. Mayo has recently been featured in the British Canoeing series of Paddle-Ability films. Hearing Mayo talk about the coaching she delivers at pool sessions at her club is both energising and inspiring! Mayo is currently forging a path along the coaching pathway at the same time as studying and being a member of the Freestyle team. She is a friendly, approachable and relatable person that always goes out of her way to support and encourage others.

Reading Mayo's blog provides much enjoyment through catching up on her progress in the Young Guns competition series or see where she has been out and about paddling in the week. Wherever she goes Mayo is out chatting to people, finding out about their paddling story, whether they be an elite athlete or a beginner going for a pootle along their local canal.  She offers encouragement and advice, always with a smile and in the most generous of fashions. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious! The Paddle-Ability film and her blog are must sees.


Ian Bell has been awarded Community Coach of the Year.

Ian represents British Canoeing at National and North West Regional level with heavy involvement at Liverpool Canoe Club. He supports the Girl Guides Association and has been a Regional Coaching Representative for over 20 years. He is a member of the National Coaching Advisory Panel. Ian’s dedication to the sport is outstanding by imparting his knowledge and skills to all paddlers. The encouragement received by club members from Ian has lead to a large number of people picking up paddling as their chosen sport. Ian’s skill base is in river and sea kayaking. Ian is a person who has given so much to the sport with a pleasant manner and keeps a low profile.