Our Committee

The Cuckmere Valley Canoe Club is run by volunteers donating their time to help others and provide enjoyment for all members. Without such volunteers to club wouldn’t exist.

The club welcomes any new volunteers or help. Whether it be coaching, organising events or just parents helping to pack away at the end of a session. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please Contact Us

A big thanks goes out to all those who already help and make the club as great as it is!

Club Committee

Ann W – Member Liaison

Ann is stepping in to take on this new role on the Committee. As Member Liaison, Ann’s focus is on making sure that everyone has a sense of ownership of the Club and feels the Club offers them what they want from their membership.

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Stuart N – Secretary and Paddlesport Instructor

Stuart ensures that all of the Club’s policies are fit for purpose and that we have clear operating procedures for all our activities.
As a Paddlesport Instructor, Stuart provides a calm and patient approach to support every paddler develop their confidence and challenge their skills.

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Helen R – Treasurer

The Treasurer is in charge of the money! This includes maintaining the Club’s accounts and reimbursing any committee members, coaches and instructors for payments made for training, club equipment and other approved expenditure.
Helen is a conscientious Treasurer who has a real love of the Club and paddling so she always makes sure our money is used in the best way.

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Matthew R – Junior Officer

Our Junior Officers represent the voice of our younger members. They recommend events, equipment and training that junior members want. Most importantly, they are a friendly face down at the Club for any junior members. Matthew has lots of excellent ideas for how to make the Club more accessible and appealing to Juniors.

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Meg E – Coaching Officer and Instructor

Meg is the first point of contact for all coaches and instructors. She sorts out the rota for the season so that every Club session is covered by the number of qualified leaders needed. Meg also leads on training for coaches to make every coach still feels challenged in their own paddling and their leadership skills.

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Nicola H – Chair and Paddlesport Leader

Nicola joined the Club in 2017. She found a Club that is full of lovely people ready to share their enthusiasm, expertise and skills.
As Chair, Nicola’s role is to coordinate the Committee and make sure every officer can achieve what they want to for the Club.

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Kate W – Safeguarding + Welfare Officer and Paddlesport Instructor

The Safeguarding Officer makes sure that all our coaches and instructors are up to date with their DBS checks and First Aid training. Kate is the first point of contact for members, volunteers, young people and parents with any issues concerning safeguarding. Each volunteer is responsible for the risk assessment for their planned trip, but Kate can advise. On the rare occasion that there is an accident, Kate makes sure it is reported correctly following British Canoeing guidelines.

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Steve D – Awards Officer and Coach

Steve, a long term member of club, enjoys whitewater, surf and sea kayaking, as well as the odd open canoe paddle. Steve is now bringing his extensive experience of paddling, coaching and the Club to develop a new role, that of Awards Officer. Steve will lead on the British Canoeing Awards for all members who want to formally progress their skills.

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Darren A – Events Officer and Paddlesport Instructor

Darren joined the club in 2015, shortly after buying a sea kayak. Then soon discovered white water river running… And got hooked. Now he enjoys a range of disciplines. As a Paddlesport Instructor, Darren is hoping to gets lots of other people hooked too.

As Events Officer, Darren wants to support lots of trips – river paddles, camping, whitewater, off-the-water socials and build up a calendar of core events. Do get in touch if you have any requests or suggestions for trips and events.

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Bonnie A – Junior Officer

Our Junior Officers represent the voice of our younger members. They recommend events, equipment and training that junior members want. Most importantly, they are a friendly face down at the Club for any junior members. Bonnie has a particular focus on members aged 8-11.

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Dave L – Equipment + Safety Officer and Paddlesport Instructor

As Paddlesport Instructor, Dave reveals his patience with new paddlers and his passion for the Club.
Dave now oversees all the Club’s kit, checking that it is all safe but that we also have the best boats for our members. Dave will also process any requests that come in from members to borrow kit for trips.

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