CANI News Splash November 2020, Ed. 1

Jake Cochrane- Career Reflections

This week Sport NI caught up with CANI member and full-time canoe slalom athlete, Jake Cochrane, to see his reflections on his career and how sport has impacted his life.  

To listen and be inspired by Jake’s story please view the video by clicking here.

Please click here for the new Sport NI e-zine which features Jake’s interview.

CANI Annual General Meeting – 2nd December 2020


The Annual General Meeting of The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland will be held on 2nd December 2020 at 19.00, via online video conference call using Zoom.  Further details, including proxy forms, agenda and joining instructions will follow.

At this meeting there will be the opportunity for members to elect directors to the board.  There are three positions open to nominations from members.  These positions are voluntary, and directors are elected for a 2-year term.  There are approximately 10 meetings a year and additional commitments as agreed. The nomination and election are to the board, roles are allocated by the directors.  Two roles the board are currently looking to fill are Chairperson and Secretary.

To nominate someone for a position on the board, you should return the completed nomination form, available by clicking here by email no later than noon on the 18th November 2020. Forms can only be accepted by e-mail.

Please note, only current members are entitled to nominate as per the CANI Memorandum and Articles of Association.

If you would like more information on the board, you can contact Stephen, Chairperson,    

CANI is committed to increase diversity on its board. The Board would welcome efforts to attract applications from underrepresented groups. 

Please Note:  Clubs who will be members on the date of the CANI AGM will need to appoint a representative in advance if they want to cast their Club vote (one vote per club).

CANI Covid-19 Paddlesport Advice & Guidance

– Updated 22nd October 2020

For CANI’s latest Covid-19 advice and guidance for paddlesport (updated on 22nd October 2020) please click here.

Sport NI Fightback 5
-Managing People & Behaviours

Sport NI have released a suite of Fightback 5 videos for you to view as part of their return to sport initiative.  

To view the videos please click here.

Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Virtual Junior Sports Awards 2020

Nominations are invited for the Junior Sports Awards for the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area. 

The virtual awards shortlisted categories and winners will be announced in January 2021.


The Categories are as follows:


  • Junior Male
  • Junior Female
  • Junior School Team 
  • Junior Club Team
  • Youth Male
  • Youth Female
  • Youth School Team
  • Youth Club Team
  • Sports Person with a learning disability
  • Sports Person with a physical or sensory disability
  • Club coach
  • School coach
  • Young volunteer

 Please Note: 

  •     Junior: Aged 10-14 years at the time of achievement
  •     Youth: Aged 15-18 years at the time of achievement
  • School/Club Coach: Coaches can be aged over 18 years but must be coaching Junior/Youth Individuals   or Teams.  
  • Young Volunteers/Sports Person with a Disability must be aged 18 years and under at the time of achievement.


Nominees should be competing at County/Regional Level or above for achievements between July 2019 –  June 2020.  

Please refer to the nomination form for specific details on certain categories. 

Each nominee can only be nominated in one category and for the Young Volunteer Awards only  one nominee per club/school will be accepted.


ABC specifically encourage Clubs/Schools/Individuals to nominate their coaches and in particular the coaches of the Individuals/teams that are being nominated. 


If you wish to nominate for any of the above categories then please complete the attached nomination form.  If necessary you may photocopy extra forms.  

Completed forms should be returned by Monday 16th November 2020 at 5.00pm to:


Anne Benson, Junior Sports Awards, Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Lurgan, BT66 6NJ, or email:


If you have any queries about the awards please contact Laura O’Hagan at or on 07436 537846.

Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) “Coaching Futures” Programme

The Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) are delighted to announce that they are recruiting for a two year coaching apprenticeship as part of the sportscotland funded “Coaching Futures” programme.

This opportunity is open to any Slalom or Sprint athletes who are in the process of retirement or who have retired in the last 3 years and is a fantastic opportunity for an athlete to begin a career in coaching. 

The priority within the Coaching Futures programme is the development journey of the apprentice coach.  As such the SCA will work closely with both British Canoeing and sportscotland to provide a well supported bespoke development programme for the apprentice. 

If this opportunity is of interest then click here.

The deadline is 6th November 2020 at 12pm.

Funding Opportunity- Enkalon Foundation

Grants are available for projects assisting cross-community groups, self-help, assistance to the unemployed and groups helping disadvantaged members of society in Northern Ireland, especially in Antrim. 

Grants may be made towards any costs (core running or project) associated with a project which is considered to be suitable.

The application deadline is 11th November 2020.

For details click here.

CANI Funding Database

Find a database of funding opportunities on the CANI website by clicking here to support your paddle club.

You can also download a copy of a paddle club funding needs register to support your club as you seek funding.  

Click here for details.

New or Lapsed Members

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