Young Volunteer of the Year

Eleri’s dedication and commitment to volunteering has seen her become a fixture at Pennine Canoe Club, representing other young members at committee meetings, consistently being the first to volunteer with ‘less glamorous’ tasks and facilitating a number of coaching sessions.

Within sessions, Eleri takes young people under her wing, overseeing the introduction of prospective members and providing safety and rescue cover. Pennine Canoe Club have stressed that many sessions this past year would have been challenging to deliver without Eleri’s contribution to coach ratios.

Eleri’s passion for paddling has taken her around the world, and her volunteering has taken her beyond Pennine Canoe Club too, taking on roles at events such as the English Open Canoe Symposium and more recently the role of Junior Representative at the Yorkshire and Humberside region’s Washburn Committee.

Eleri’s award was presented to her by world record holder and ten time World Champion Claire O’Hara, Britain’s most successful Canoe Freestyle athlete of all time, who will be awarded an MBE for services to Canoeing later this month.

Claire stressed the importance of volunteers within paddlesport and explained how they have been key to her success throughout her career.

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