I became a #shepaddles ambassador due to feeling that I wasn’t represented in the outdoors where paddlesports were concerned. Initially, I thought I would like to use this opportunity as a platform to inspire women to think in a different way about the challenges they may be facing with their paddling due to changing body shape, image, confidence, or agility as we get a little older. I still intend to inspire women in the outdoors but now it is about being inclusive and offering the opportunities to get out onto the water; whether this will be your first time or ninety-first time!
Since being introduced to paddlesports in late 2019 I have become a British Canoeing leader, coach and now a provider of BCAB awards. However, it’s not all about qualifications. It’s about finding the journey that is right for us as individuals and a supportive environment in which to travel it.
I look forward to seeing you on the water.
WithDave are proud to be official supporters of This Girl Can.
THIS GIRL CAN exists to empathise with all women and inspire them to exercise regularly. We’re not here to tell women that how they feel about exercise is wrong or that the way they’re doing it is incorrect. We’re also not here to guilt trip them into taking up a sport.
We understand that the fear of judgement prevails and that factors such as time, money and motivation stop many women from exercising. We exist to change this.
At WithDave we want to inspire more women to get active and show that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.
10th August. Paddlesport, Come and try it sessions
At Hereford Rowing Club we will be running two sessions 10am – 12midday and 2pm – 4pm where you will have the opportunity to try Kayak, Canoe or stand up paddle boarding. Each session will cost £20 per person. Limited spaces per session.
15th August Open Canoe Paddle Picnic
Starting at 10am from Holme Lacy and paddling to Hoarwithy arriving at about 3pm. We will be paddling open canoes and stopping for a picnic (bring your own) on route. £35 per person. Limited spaces. We will need to organise a car shuttle which will be done via a WhatsApp group nearer the time.
18th August Paddlesport Rescue clinic
Sarah will be hosting a Paddlesport rescue clinic where she will share some top tips that she has developed to rescue from canoe, kayak and SUP. This will be an informal fun session with loads of support and no pressure. There will be no direct charge for this day, but we will be asking people to make a donation to Brecon Mountain Rescue Team.
19th 20th August BCAB Paddlesport instructor Award
Sarah will be delivering this British Canoeing Awarding Body course. The course will be run in a supportive and relaxed environment, learning and laughing. £185 per person. Limited spaces. You will need to have completed an FSRT or the new paddlesport safety and rescue course to be able to attend the paddlesport instructor course.