Ivan Lawler Elected President of British Canoeing

Our good friend Ivan Lawler MBE has been elected president of British Canoeing after securing a majority vote at the British Canoeing AGM held on 25 March 2017.

Ivan, one of Great Britain’s most successful marathon paddlers of all time, is a five-time canoe marathon world champon and a canoe sprint world champion. He also competed at three-Olympic Games from 1988-1996 and was awarded an MBE for services to canoeing in 2000.

On the announcement he said: “I’ve learnt throughout this process that this is not just my journey but for everyone across the whole sport.

“I’ve had support from all through the sport, it’s been phenomenal. Though we dwell in different areas of the sport, when all the emails have come in, the things people want to change are mostly the same.

“We are stronger together and this process has shown that members and clubs have a voice and that people care.“I’d also like to thank Albert for his time as president.”

John Coyne CBE, chair of British Canoeing said:  “We’d like to welcome Ivan as president of British Canoeing.

“He has a huge amount of experience in the sport and we look forward to working with him as we work towards our new strategy Stronger Together.”

Ivan replaces Albert Woods OBE who has held the post for 25 years.

“I’d like to thank Albert for his significant dedication and service to British Canoeing,” added John. “He has had tremendous impact on the sport of canoeing both in the UK and internationally.

“We look forward to continue working with Albert in his role as President of the European Canoeing Association.”

The appointment of John Coyne CBE as chair of the British Canoeing board was ratified.

The appointments of five new directors onto the British Canoeing board - Clare Dallaway, James Fry, Dee Paterson, Richard Boreham and Bronagh Kennedy - were also ratified.

A motion was approved for the board of British Canoeing to take the initiative to address and promote welfare through revised policies and practices based on fair play and respect.

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