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SCA Recognition Awards - Nominations Open

Fri 21 June 2019

People are at the heart of paddling in Scotland and the SCA tries to recognise this in part through the Annual Recognition Awards. We all know someone who puts in that bit extra, goes beyond their normal duties, stays later, always seems to be available, always happy to help. It would be wonderful to see someone you know and their efforts recognised so please nominate them in one of the following categories:


The Willing Hands Quaich

This award recognises outstanding service to our sport, and provides an opportunity for you to nominate someone, who acts in a voluntary capacity, and makes a significant contribution to the sport. This could be a coach, paddler or club member. The nominees can be anyone in the paddling community. 

Young Volunteer Award 

This award recognises a young person who is under 19 on 1st January 2019 who commits time and effort to the club, centre or community throughout the year in one or more unpaid roles. Consider young people who volunteer behind the scenes as well as those who have made the successful step on a coaching/leadership pathway. The nominee must be an SCA member.

Andy Jackson Award for Contribution to Access and Environment

This award is open to those who have achieved great things working to improve/preserve access and/or conserve the paddling environment. The nominees can be anyone in the paddling community.  

Impact on Equality and Diversity Award 

This 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 nominees can be anyone in the paddling community.  

Volunteer Coach of the Year

This award is for coaches who give up their free time (and who don’t coach for a living) – working within schools, clubs, youth groups, volunteer groups etc. They pass on skills and knowledge, and encourage others to have a go and improve their paddling. The nominee must be an SCA member.

Professional Coach of the Year

This award for someone who coaches for a living, but always goes that extra mile (main source of employment is in coaching). The nominee must be an SCA member.

Youth Coach of the Year

The award is for a volunteer coach that dedicates much of their time to the development of junior paddlers. They can be a coach of any age! The nominee must be an SCA member.

Club of the Year 

This award acknowledges the fantastic work being carried out in clubs across Scotland. Club of the year is open to all SCA affiliated clubs and the winning club will receive £50 towards their next affiliation fee. The winner will be selected by considering what the club does, how well the club is organised, connected, promoted and its plans for the future. Individual members, club members or regional officers are welcome to nominate any affiliated club they think deserves to win. 

How to nominate

Please complete an online Nomination Form available on the links below.

This year, you can also submit a video about your nomination! Videos should be no more than 2 minutes long, filmed in landscape (not portrait view), and tell us why you are nominating your chosen person/club. Award Winners will be chosen purely on the strength of the nominee, editing/videography skills will not be taken into account! Please complete one of the online nomination forms below and then send your video via WeTransfer or Google Drive to

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on the 13th September, with the Winners being announced at the awards ceremony at the AGM on 16th November. 

If you're in need of some inspiration here is last year's Youth Coach winner, Tomas Duarte: