Personal Performance Awards: Autumn 2017 Announcement

Over the past twelve months, British Canoeing has commissioned a review of the Personal Performance Awards and wider consultations have been carried out which some of the membership and wider-afield groups have been involved with.

Early in 2017, a Personal Performance Awards Working Group was established which has reviewed the research and started to work towards producing a model that both incorporates the data as well as the feedback we received to date.  Technical groups added to these discussions and we are now in a position to go out wider and gain further feedback.

The model is based around the following principles:

  • Remove the link of personal performance awards to coaching qualifications
  • Design awards that have clear progressions
  • Removal of a generic kayak/canoe award
  • Allow high level personal performance awards without leadership
  • Define and expand providers of awards to include leaders as well as coaches
  • Specific discipline awards that are fit for purpose
  • Direct entry can be gained at any stage of the paddler’s development
  • Removal of registrations before delivery
  • Awards that promote coaching and development rather than assessments

Although at this stage we have not started to consider the content of the awards or their names, we are keen to gain wider views on the concept.  Once we are confident that the model is appropriate, technical groups will start to establish content, ensuring that logical and clear progressions are overlapping rather than having a defined start and end point.

Your feedback is valued and we would appreciate if you have any comments on the model or personal performance awards that you complete the British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards online feedback form.

Thank you for your continual support.

Lee Pooley

British Canoeing Head of Coaching and Qualifications

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