Spring has finally sprung – Lee Valley

Spring has finally sprung, the weather is getting warmer and the sun has finally broken through, so it was time to head to Lee Valley.

I had a hour slot on the Olympic course, after arriving a bit early I took some pictures of Neil Owens who was paddling on the legacy course  before I had my paddling slot with some club members from Whitewater Action Medway.

As the weather was so nice we decided to make a day of it, by visiting Paradise Wildlife Park near Broxbourne.

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Canoe England Volunteer Recognition Awards 2012

On Sunday 15th April 2012 I helped organise and run a large clean up of the river Medway in Kent, with over 120 canoes and kayaks clearing litter from the river and its bank it turned out to be one of the most participated events of Canoe England’s National ‘Go Canoeing’ week.

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To my surprise I was nominated for my efforts at the Canoe England Volunteer & Recognition Awards 2012. The awards were presented at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham on the 27th October, unfortunately I was not able to make the presentation and even more of a surprise I won the Waterways & Environment Volunteer award.
The award was collected on my behalf by Chris Edge who presented this to me at the January meeting of the BCU South Eastern committee meeting.

2012 Volunteer Awards Newsletter

 

I would like to thank everyone that helped me to organise and run the event but most of all I would like to thank everyone that took part. If you would like to see more photos of the event or take part in the next River Medway cleanup join the facebook page here.

2012 Volunteer Awards Newsletter