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September 1, 2014
Congratulations go to Duddon Canoe Club who have achieved accreditation for becoming the first Paddle-Ability Top Club in Cumbria. The club has worked with groups with disabilities for many years and therefore deserve this recognition. The club has very strong links within the community and offer canoeing sessions to many of the local youth organisations and schools including Sandside Lodge Special School and are working towards forming a Satellite Club with Furness College.
Jordan, aged 14, first went canoeing in April on the docks near his home in Barrow in Furness through a ‘Go Canoeing’ Paddle-Ability Starter run by Duddon Canoe Club in partnership with Barrow Sports Council.
He was hooked from the start and it didn’t take much persuasion to get mum involved in the fun so they joined the Club and attended every Friday evening. Jordan’s Gran and sister, not wishing to miss out, came along too. Club coaches were very impressed by the ‘give it a go’ Hunter family, as they tried a range of kayaks and canoes including recreational whitewater boats, polo, touring, sea kayaks, , marathon, and even Wavehoppers. There were lots of swims and lots and lots of laughter. They signed up for a club safety and rescue course and also attend the weekly pool sessions.
To crown it all they came to three of the Wildwater races on the river Crake as part of the South Lakes Summer Series. Again, lots of swims and laughter ensued and Mum and Gran being awarded Gold for their age groups. Mum Sharon, won 1 of the 2 ‘Outstanding Paddler’ awards made at the end of the race series.
Canoeing is a fantastic family sport, especially when there is a member with a disability as all the family can take part together. Running ‘Go Canoeing’ sessions has been very rewarding with the club recruiting many new members.