We value the hard work of those who contribute to Paddlesports in Scotland and to recognise these people and their time, effort enthusiasm for the sport we have established a number of annual awards to recognise individuals' dedication. We have just hosted our 2018 Recognition Award Celebrations at the National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde where we announced the deserving winners.
Impact on Equality and Diversity
This new award is for an individual or a group who have made a difference to make paddlesport more accessible to all, increasing opportunities for under-represented groups to participate.
The recipient of the Impact on Quality and Diversity Award is the Scottish Women's Paddle Symposium. The event has just completed its seventh year and plans are well underway for the event in 2019. The Symposium has over the years travelled around Scotland to providing opportunities for participants to work specifically on the skills and areas they want to improve in either White Water Kayak, Sea Kayak, Surf Kayaking or Canoeing. The event is designed to help women have fun in their boats in a “friendly” and “welcoming” environment all whilst developing their techniques. With all of the volunteers and coaches also being Women only it is “A chance to meet like minded women and learn from their experiences, on the water and equipment.”