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Canoe Kayak Canada – OTTAWA, ON (February 21, 2017) — John Edwards has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Canoe Federation’s World Paddling Awards. Edwards is Chair of the ICF’s Paracanoe Committee and was the driving force behind moving Paracanoe to inclusion in the Paralympic Games.
He served as Canoe Kayak Canada’s Domestic Development Director from 1999 to 2015 where he led the largest growth in CKC’s racing and membership history. He also initiated Canada’s Aboriginal paddling initiative, the PaddleALL program for paddlers with impairments and played a vital role in increasing female participation in canoeing. Edwards grew up paddling at the Carleton Place Canoe Club in Canada and competed at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games in the C1 and C2 1000m.
Edwards accepted the honour on Saturday night in Mortágua, Portugal as he also joined the World Paddle Awards Academy. 

(photo: World Paddling Awards)

“I started with this idea in Canada in 2007 and said we should have a World conference on paddlers with disabilities … and people came,” Edwards recalled during his acceptance speech. “There were enough countries doing something that I said we have a movement here. In every level of our sport, at every single canoe club there’s an opportunity to make our sport richer and to reach out to more people.”

Listen to John Edwards’ full acceptance speech

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises incredible contribution to the sporting world of paddlesports. Edwards was one of eleven World Paddle Award category winners.

See full list of World Paddling Award Winners

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Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. Canoe Kayak Canada has been one of Canada’s top performing summer sports having won an impressive count of 24 Olympic medals. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization which includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.


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Ian Miller
Communications and Marketing Officer, Canoe Kayak Canada