CANI Recognition Awards

To recognise the good work of volunteers within canoeing, without which a large majority of our sport would not take place, CANI have new recognition awards. The following awards are open for nominations and the first presentations will take place at CANI Paddlefest in Derry on the 1st April 2017.

The Categories

Presidents Trophy

This was presented to CANI by Stanley Littlewood. It is to be awarded annually to the individual or group which has made a significant contribution to canoeing in the past year e.g. coaching, organising, administration.

Greeves Trophy

This was presented to CANI by his wife Patricia. It is to be awarded annually to the competitor who shows the most progression, personal preparation, sportsmanship, effort and contribution to the sport.

Club of the year

For the club who has been innovative with its annual programme and has provided opportunities for all forms of canoeing.

Club coach of the year

For the club based coach who has made a significant contribution to his / her club and its members.

Children’s coach of the year

For the coach who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of young people at grass roots level.

Young coach of the year

For a coach under the age of 25 who is delivering innovative coaching and is developing other young paddlers.

Judging criteria

Presidents Trophy

  • To the individual or group which has made a significant contribution to canoeing in the past year e.g. coaching, organising, administration.

Greeves Trophy

  • To the competitor who shows the most progression, personal preparation, sportsmanship, effort and contribution to the sport.

 Club of the year

  • A club that embraces and supports the development of a wide range of paddlesport disciplines.
  • Evidence of the development of skill progression and enjoyment within paddlesport.
  • Evidence of annual planning and making the most of opportunities to broaden the skills and experience of club paddlers.
  • Evidence of a unique programme that has made a significant impact within the club.
  • Evidence of joint initiatives with other clubs that benefit its members.
  • Evidence of how the club safeguards their athlete(s), and provides suitable coaching to meet their needs at their current stage of development.
  • Evidence of growth in membership within the club.

Club coach of the year

  • A club based volunteer coach.
  • Evidence of the development of skill progression and enjoyment within paddlesport.
  • Evidence of annual planning and making the most of opportunities to broaden the skills and experience of club paddlers.
  • Evidence of how the coach safeguards their athlete(s), and provides suitable coaching to meet their needs at their current stage of development.
  • Examples of innovative practice.

Children’s coach of the year

  • A volunteer coach of children and young people under the age of 16.
  • Evidence of the development of basic skills through fun in paddlesport.
  • Evidence of the wider impact the coach has on the young people they coach (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment).
  • Evidence of how the coach safeguards their athlete(s), and provides suitable coaching to meet their needs at their current stage of development.
  • Examples of innovative practice.

Young coach of the year

  • A coach who is 25 years of age or under at the date of nomination, either a volunteer or paid for less than 15 hours a week.
  • Evidence of creativity and determination in their development as a coach.
  • Evidence of the provision of opportunities and dedicated support to participants/performers to help them reach their goals.
  • Evidence of the wider impact the coach has on the participants they coach (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment).
  • Examples of innovative practice (including use of technology).

The assessment process

An independent panel will assess the recognition awards. The panel will make their decision on the information provided so applicants must not make the assumption that CANI will know the applicant and this knowledge will be used as part of the assessment process.

Judging procedure

The committee will consider all nominations. In categories where nominations exceed six short-listing will be carried out against the nomination criteria.

The committee will provide individual recommendations and collective decisions on winners and runners-up for each category.

The committee will make a decision solely on the information provided as part of the nomination form using the following committee-voting process.

  • Each panel member chooses a first, second and third for each category, giving 10, 5 and 1 points respectively. The nomination with the most points per category will win.
  • Ties will be resolved by counting the number of first places. If a tie remains in any category, the chair will use a casting vote.
  • The nominee with the highest number will be the winner.

Nomination process

Nominations are currently open, the closing date is Tuesday 31st January 2017 at 4.00pm. For details please see form in the folder below.