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Willing Hands Quaich Chris Charracher

Mon 26 November 2018

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. 

The Willing Hands Quaich
This award recognises outstanding service to our sport and who acts in a voluntary capacity making a significant contribution to the sport.

Over the last three years, Chris has put a large number of hours into restoring Canoe Polo in Scotland. He had been involved in a peripheral capacity prior to this, but when the rest of the committee left en-masse he took on the role of Chair. Since then the number of people competing in the various levels on Canoe Polo in Scotland has gone up, the number of clubs running their own events has gone up, Scotland has gone from having a single team competing in the National League to having four teams competing down south.

Chris has spent time in constant contact with the Dundee Leisure Centre and Pinkston Watersport Centre in order to secure dates for our events. He writes (at very least the first draft of) the playlists for all three divisions, and attempts to accommodate requests from teams regarding dates they cannot make. He keeps finding new ways to allow more teams to play games *and* to allow the teams who are competing to get greater value for their money. A current long-term aim is to get more clubs from south of Glasgow and north of Inverness to take part in the sport, likely by hosting more competitions further north and south.