CANI Recognition Awards 2018

CANI launched its new recognition awards in 2017 to recognise the good work of volunteers within canoeing. Without the commitment and dedication of volunteers within all aspects of our sport a large majority of opportunities and activities would not take place. To support the work of volunteers the 2017 – 2021 Canoeing For All Strategy states that CANI are focused on supporting volunteer committee members, coaches and leaders and will be providing relevant training opportunities.

The following people have shown exceptional commitment to canoeing and have created opportunities and inspired others to enjoy our great sport. There are many others who are worthy of these awards and we hope to recognise them in future years.

The worthy recipients are:

Presidents Trophy 2018 – John Wilkinson

   John has been involved with the paddle4sport league from its inception and has ensured a very successful period of a very active calendar of events. 

The league has support from most of the active clubs and creates and element of opportunity for paddlers of all abilities.  John fronts this and ensures that all the results are co-ordinated and brought together with hours of dedication to put through times.


Club of the Year 2018 – Belfast Kayak Academy







Belfast Kayak Academy have had a very active year within various areas in paddling.  Huge results on the performance front with great results and medals, a reward for all the hard work that is being put in. 

With a great calendar of events and plenty of opportunity for both paddler and leader progression the club have established a very clear pathway creating lots of opportunities. While looking at all their individual members and meeting their needs has led to a large growth in membership.


Club Coach of the Year 2018 – Chloe Hamilton

   Chloe (pictured left in the lower photo) has had an active year with Erne paddlers and was involved with lots of the programs. 

  • Work with Disability groups within the club
  • Special Olympics Coach
  • Special Olympics Club Training
  • Online ADHD treatment
  • Club coaching with other clubs throughout CANI
  • Multi discipline paddler – delivering a range of paddlesport opportunities in Erne Paddlers
  • Chairing club
  • Organising and supporting coaches within club
  • Mentoring coaches within club
  • Work with women and girls

Children’s Coach of the Year 2018 – Derek Stephenson


Derek has had a very busy year with the LCP club, regularly supporting Pool sessions and the transition to the river with the young people of the club.  Derek is also one of the coaches that is a driving force behind the very successful Junior Hub.

An ever present at all the events throughout Ireland, supporting Sea Symposium, Liffey Descent and Ulster Canoe festival to name but a few.



Young Coach of the Year 2018 – Patrick Buchanan

    Patrick has been involved with a selection of teams and has worked hard to inspire a lot of young paddlers through the club and with his involvement at the Junior Paddlesport Hubs. 

He has worked hard on his own personal development and is proving his worth as a very accomplished young coach.

He continues to coach at Belfast Kayak Academy and with the hubs.




The trophies will be presented to the recipients over the coming months in their club setting or at events.

Well done to all the recipients!