Jack Petchey

The Foundation exists to raise the aspirations of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society.

Bromley Canoe Club are members of the Jack Petchey Foundation. Three times a year we ask young club members, adult club members and parents to nominate young people for an achievement award.

The winner receives a framed certificate, a Jack Petchey young achiever badge and a cheque for £200 – which they give to the club. The winning young person then nominates what they would like the money to be spent on.

For further information visit the Jack Petchey Foundation website or Facebook Page.

Bromley Canoe Club enjoy being linked to the Jack Petchey Foundation and would like to thank them for helping them to recognise the achievements of the younger members.

Winners to date and summary of reasons for nominations:

Adam Cleveland

June 2016
Reason for award:
A new slalom boat, for taller young people to use for Youth Games training.

Connor Matthews

March 2016
Reason for award:
Trip to Nene White Water Centre, for young club members, including mini-bus to support young people who’s parents can’t attend.

Michael Stannard

November 2015
Reason for award:
Michael decided to use the money for Spray decks for pool

Roger Huggett

June 2015
Reason for award:
Roger decided to use the money for a Lee Valley Whitewater trip

Sam Gosling

March 2015
Reason for award:
New sprint paddel – Braca children’s paddle to support youth games training team and make a difference to training throughout the year.

Tom Howe

November 2014
Reason for award:
Tom decided to use the money to go on a Quasar Trip

Kate

Age – 12
Reason for award:
Kate has been nominated for being an exceptionally committed kayaker. Since starting to learn sprint kayaking last year when she was less than confident in the wobbly sprint boats, she has has shown dedication to training both in the pool, using the ergo machine and fitness training at home. She came out for training sessions on open water when the weather made the training difficult but she smiled through it. During the youth games competition due to a fault at the competition she had to take part in an extra heat which she did without complaining and still got through to the finals.

Caroline

Age – 22
Reason for award:
Caroline was nominated for rapid progress in paddling, learning quickly which has enabled her to take part in trips including visiting the white water centre at Lee Valley and going on the rapids. She was also nominated for her fun and positive contribution to club sessions and trips.

Ella

Age – 14
Reason for the award:
Ella’s been recognised as our award winner because she been a full member of the youth games team for 2 years, she’s been a strong competitor showing commitment to training and learning new techniques. She’s helped other young members in their training – supporting them to learn in a fun way and become a part of the team – helping the youth section become a fun and joined up part of the club. She’s attended full adult trips and on the recent Lee Valley Olympic Legacy course trip – she made it down the course on several occasions and even rolled!

Peter

Age – 14
Reason for award:
Peter has been nominated because he has progressed in his paddling very quickly. He has participated fully on the Lee Valley White Water course, a high achievement at his age. He contributes positively to everything he takes part in. Quote from one young person: “great kayaker, helper and all round person. A role model”.

Paul

Age – 24
Reason for award:
Paul has been chosen because of the positive help he has provided to new paddlers during pool sessions such as paddle power & on river trips. He has progressed himself by going on Level 1 & 2 coaching awards, which will help the volunteering he does with local Air Cadets. One quote: “Helping out on paddlepower, taking part in D of E and doing Level 2 training”

Terri

Age – 15
Reason for award:
Terri Merrett has been a club member for a number of years. This year she entered the London Youth Games, in the sprint event. This meant learning new & difficult techniques for paddling a sprint boat. Terri was dedicated in learning this, which was noticed by all of the team members and coaches. Through the summer she also learnt paddling an open boat – so for such a young member has committed to learning new disciplines. She also participated in the trip to Lee Valley white water course. She developed her confidence on the course, by starting at the bottom and gradually working her way up to complete all of the course – despite lots of swims on the way, she showed real determination to complete this. It was commented that she\’s a real fun member and a great person to have around.

Molly

Age – 12
Reason for award:
Molly has been nominated for having improved through the paddle power coaching scheme through to training & learning about a different style of kayaking to taking part brilliantly in the youth games, her commitment to training for the youth games, for over coming fear of capsizing the lightening & going on to make into the finals in the LYG girls sprint. For being a good friend and a great laugh.

Nicole

Age – 24
Reason for the award:
Nicole has been nominated for her great improvement, enthusiasm & determination. Through her determination and willingness to try she has overcome nerves to improve to become a good paddler and club member. An example of this was when she paddled at the Lee Valley Legacy course and capsized several times, but by continuously getting back in her boat in the challenging water, she made very good progress. She fully contributes on trips including organising others and getting up early to organise cooking meals & breakfast for large numbers of club members with a smile!

Zac

Age –
Reason for award:
Zac has been nominated by a number of younger members of the club who are completing the Canoe England’s Paddle Power Award scheme. Having become a Level 1 coach earlier this year, Zac has attended the majority of the Paddle Power sessions and has proved supportive and popular with the young people taking part. Feedback includes: “Zac, because he is encouraging & helps me.”, “He’s funny & coaches me”. After receiving his award Zac has made recommendations about how the club sessions can be improved after they have completed the paddle power scheme. These are being presented to the committee this week.

Harry K.

Age – 12
Reason for the award:
Harry was voted for due to his enthusiasm and commitment to entering the London Youth Games for both the kayak sprint and kayak slalom events. Despite only having been in a sprint specific boat 3 times in advance, he was determined to enter to ensure that the club & borough had a competitor in this event. Following a number of training sessions in advance of the event (in different boats!) he actually got through to the finals of the event. Harry (with guidance through surveys from other young people), has requested that the funding be used to book a trip to the new Olympic Course at Broxbourne. The earliest this can be booked is for Sep 17th, which has been confirmed by the club.

Harley

Age 16, Harley has come on leaps and bounds in his kayaking ability. He successfully competed in the trials for the London Youth Games team and narrowly missed out representing the borough, although was reserve for both sprint and slalom. Harley has attended a number of weekend trips – paddling on increasing difficult standards of water. He is always will to help out with the club and has become a good influence on the younger club members. Following feedback from young people – a number of young people identified that the club should provide new and better quality spraydecks for the smaller boats, along with small Buoyancy aids to be used on youth training sessions. The grant has been used to purchase 2 buoyancy aids and 2 spray decks to be used with club youth boats.

Heather

Age –
Reason for the award:
Heather has been awarded for consistent improvement and determination over the last year. To take the canoe club young people to the Nene White Water Centre in Northampton. For some this will be an introduction to white water in a controlled environment for others a chance to improve and learn new skills.

Harry W.

Age –
Reason for the award:
For achievements at the London Youth Games, representing LB Bromley. For personal commitment to paddling, including personal improvement and organising an event in London for an American elite paddler, set up through Facebook contacts.

Robert

Age –
Reason for the award:
For always being willing to help others, supporting paddle power sessions, being a committee member and personal paddling achievements.

Nic

Age –
Reason for the award:
For significant personal improvement & achievements in paddling – achieving a high level of paddling within a short period of time. Commitment to ongoing personal development through training and gaining significant experience in this country and others. Has improved personal skill level significantly and is now competently leading groups of young people and adults. Is keen to support others personal development and shows strong moral values.

Iona

Age –
Reason for the award:
For achievements at the London Youth Games, representing the London Borough of Bromley in the kayak slalom

Luke

Age –
Reason for the award:
For achievements at the London Youth Games, representing the London Borough of Bromley in the kayak slalom