CANI News Splash December 2020, Edition 1

Mary Peters Trust – ‘Mask Out to Help Out’

Afton Fitzhenry

Afton Fitzhenry has taken time out from her busy training schedule with British Canoeing to let us know what it means to her being an athlete supported by the Mary Peters Trust and to promote the Mary Peters Trust “Mask Out to Help Out” initiative.

Afton said;

“The Mary Peter’s Trust has supported me to continue to deliver performances at a high level and progress my career as a canoe sprint athlete.

Their support is not only physical but also in a motivational capacity- they believe in me and I race to represent them!

This has been a year of challenges and potentially opportunities, but we can all do out part by wearing a “Mask Out to Help Out.”

Thank you for my continued support and I look forward to demonstrating it on the start line!”

You can purchase your Mary Peters Trust snood and find out more about the “Mask Out to Help Out” initiative here.

Sports Sustainability Fund

On Friday 4th December 2020) Sport NI opened the £25M Sports Sustainability Fund. The fund is designed to help governing bodies of sport and clubs who have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Sport NI CEO, Antoinette McKeown said;

‘’The Sports Sustainability Fund is critical to ensure the survival of sports in financial hardship, as a result of the impacts of COVID19. This much needed public funding will sustain those sporting organisations, who can clearly and transparently evidence a financial need, caused by this pandemic.  This funding will also enable the sports sector to be sustained through this crisis, so they can continue to support our communities at this time and then help us emerge from this crisis, by delivering the physical, emotional and mental health benefits of sport in our communities.

Sport NI and the Department for Communities recognise the significant financial impact of the restrictions on sports governing bodies, clubs and sporting organisations; limiting opportunities for organisations to generate income in the usual ways, such as club membership, running events and competitions, having spectators at games and by attracting sponsorship. Therefore the Sports Sustainability Fund will provide the needed financial support to alleviate evidenced financial hardship, experienced as a result of COVID19. 

It is important that we recognise the vital role that our clubs, their governing bodies of sport, and other sporting organisations have played during these difficult times; supporting their communities and those in need or vulnerable. We also know that the sports sector has a critical role to play in helping our communities emerge from this crisis, and to realise the physical, mental and mental benefits of sport that will be more important than ever.”

The fund will be administered by Sport NI and will be open from Friday 4th December 2020. Further information on the Sports Sustainability Fund is available here.

Paddle Club should apply through CANI as their governing body.  Sport NI will not accept applications directly from clubs.  For Club guidance notes and spreadsheet application form please click here.

Please Note: Paddle Club Applications to CANI by 4pm on Monday 4th January 2021 

The closing date for clubs to submit their Sustainability Fund applications to CANI Chief Officer, Lauren Smythe, to include in the final consolidated application is 4pm on Monday 4th January 2021.  

If you have any queries please contact CANI Chief Officer, Lauren Smythe, at by 18th December 2021 before the Christmas break.  Please also submit your final applications to Lauren Smythe at the email address above via email by 4pm on Monday 4th January 2021.

CANI are obliged as part of the terms of this grant to publish a breakdown of all funding awarded to each paddle club.

National Lottery Crossed Fingers Campaign 2020

Many thanks to the three CANI athletes who took part in the recent National Lottery “Crossed Fingers” initiative through Sport NI.

GB Canoe Sprint athlete, Afton Fitzhenry, and Canoeing Ireland Slalom athletes, Jake Cochrane and Ali McCreery, contributed some great photos to help promote paddlesport and these can be viewed on the CANI Facebook page here.

You can find out more on the National Lottery initiative here.

New Leadership and Raft Guide Award 

-Course Documents Now Available


British Canoeing is pleased to launch the Leadership and Raft Guide course documents for the NEW suite of awards, which are available from January 2021. 

The new Leadership and Raft Guide awards aim to create more opportunities for people to paddle by increasing the number of qualified leaders and raft guides. The awards align to the British Canoeing Educational Philosophy and support leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips, based on their group’s needs and aspirations. 

The awards are ideal for clubs, centres and activity providers looking to lead groups on single or mixed craft journeys, from sheltered water to advanced water. 

The Course documents are now available on the Awarding Body website here enabling paddlers to read through the documents and find the right award for them!  


Find out more about the new awards here.

For further details on the CANI website please click here.

New & Lapsed Members

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year