Olympic gold medal winner and climate change campaigner Etienne Stott introduces The Paddler's Podcast. There's so much being done to make sure you can take your canoe or stand up paddleboard in rivers and waterways across the UK. We'll hear inspiring stories of the people who are making big differences to the environment to help others and you'll find out how you can get involved.
Bonus: Right to Roam - Nick Hayes
In this bonus episode Etienne Stott is joined by Nick Hayes, illustrator, writer and land rights campaigner. Nick was a guest last summer talking about access and his publication The Book of Trespass.
It's a short interview to accompany Episode 25 where all things trespass, rights of way and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act.
Access and the Countryside Rights of Way Act(CRoW)
This takes the Paddler's Podcast back to its roots - which is access. And there are three great guests with Etienne Stott this week.
Kate Ashbrook is a pioneer and legend. She's currently General Secretary of the Outdoor Spaces Society. Kate has been an activist since the 1970's and brings a wealth of experience to the discussion.
Dr Cath Flitcroft is responsible for managing the British Mountaineering Council's relationship with the Government and other countryside organisations.
And Alison Hallas is the Policy and Advocacy Officer with The Ramblers, the charity that works to protect and expand the places people love to walk.
The paddling pioneers - and 85th Anniversary Celebration
This week Etienne Stott talks about the great part white water paddling and river running has played in the 85 years of British Canoeing. From the early descents of European rivers in the 1940's and 1950's to the explosion of growth in more recent times.
Three great pioneers join the conversation - Suzy Hornby, Roger Huyton and Michael Coyne. There are some great tales of expeditions from the 1970's and 80's. It's a real to joy to listen.
Mental Health - How paddling groups are making a difference and how you can too.
This week Olympic gold medal winner Etienne Stott leads a chat about paddling and mental health and wellbeing.
We've 3 guests who are helping to make a real difference in improving mental health. Learn how they're doing it and how you could get involved. There'll be some great tips for individuals and clubs.
The guests are:
Lynne-Marie Dale - A British Canoeing qualified Paddlesport Coach based in Yorkshire. Lynne's also the Paddlesport Officer for Blackdog Outdoors, which is a national volunteer organisation doing great work promoting and using outdoor exercise for better wellbeing.
Darren Johnson - A SUP instructor who's helped to grow the Fylde Coast SUP Group. It's a group that predominantly operates out of the coastal fishing town of Fleetwood, striving to improve mental health.
Sarah Coombes - A SUP instructor and founder of the Blue Therapy Active group located in a little corner of Essex, which shares its love of the sea and encourage people to have fun outdoors.
#ShePaddles, breaking barriers in paddlesport - Adya Misra and Eilidh Gibson
The latest edition looks at two women who are helping to break down barriers in the sport.
Adya Misra is one of the British Canoeing Club Champions. A keen paddler, Adya is hugely passionate about helping women develop as paddlers, encouraging them to try new craft; coaching them to improve their technique and mostly to create environments in which they feel confident and comfortable to paddle in.
Eilidh Gibson, a slalom C1 paddler, set up the Slalom Inspires programme when she was sidelined from racing. It was was born out of Eilidh's passion for canoe slalom and her calling to get more girls into the sport which still has a higher proportion of male to female participants. The next development in this is the creation of Project FLOW, an initiative to help empower and upskill women and girls to become canoeing coaches.
The podcast is presented by Etienne Stott, Olympic Gold Medal winner from London 2012.
For information go to Britishcanoeing.org.uk
Eilidh's website is elidhgibson.com
Adya's blog is adyamisra86.wixsite.com
Tokyo Special - Etienne Stott chats with Liam Heath and Adam Burgess who are heading to the Tokyo Olympics and Charlotte Henshaw who's hoping to make the Paralympic team for Japan this summer.
A lively discussion on paddling from some of Britain's elite sportsmen and women.
Liam Heath MBE won gold(K1 200m)and silver(K2 200m) at the Rio Olympics in 2016. And a bronze at London 2012.
Adam Burgess has had to wait patiently for his Olympic debut after being selected last year in the Canoe Slalom.
Charlotte Henshaw has medals from the Paralympics in London and Rio, but in swimming. She moved to paracanoe in 2016 and is a world champion. And hopes to be part of the team in Tokyo
Leading the chat is the gold medal winner from the London Games Etienne Stott
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