I doubt this will be of interest to many of you but earlier today at the 53 rd Canoeing Ireland ADM I was elected to the board to hold the position of Canoeing Ireland Leinster Rep.
It would be difficult to summarise the ADM in a positive light but I think that it’s fair to say that the current situation is tempestuous at best. Some of the goings on today do not reflect well on Canoeing Ireland and are not representative of a lot of the amazing work that is being done by individuals and clubs at grass roots level.
My new role is yet to be fully defined and I certainly don’t have all of the answers or solutions to the current situation. What I can say is that I’ll do my best to represent those in the Leinster region, and to do the right thing.
I didn’t have a manifesto prior to the ADM but my early goals are to try bring some more transparency to how things are run at board level. In addition to that I would like to help steer Canoeing Ireland into being more relevant to its current and prospective members.
I’d like to thank the out going board and I look forward to working with the new incoming board members.
Now the work starts.
The above is from my personal Facebook account which I posted at the weekend. The ADM was held on Saturday 28th June in Dublin where I was nominated for the Canoeing Ireland Leinster Rep position by my own club Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club and seconded by Thomastown Paddlers. I’ve always had an active interest in the running of Canoeing Ireland and was really interested in getting more involved since the structure of the CI board was changing. It was current President Mark Clinton, who I’ve always had time for, who contacted me and suggested that I should consider running for election at the ADM. After talking it over with Carla and some friends involved in paddle sports, weighing up the pros and cons, I decided to put myself forward and that’s what has me in this position.
The decision to run for the Leinster Rep position was in part responsible for my recent ‘Non announcement’ post, I just wanted to clarify what most people already knew – that I was no longer offering commercial courses and didn’t have a conflict of interests. My love for paddling was stronger than ever, just not working commercially. That’s just something I felt strongly about.
To be honest I don’t want to go into the ins and outs of what happened at the ADM as I’d not be able to give enough accurate detail to please everyone. I’ll stand by my remark that it didn’t reflect well on Canoeing Ireland. That includes remarks from the delegates as well as some of the board. There are some fantastic people involved in paddle sports in Ireland at every single level from grass roots to the running of the organisation itself. All I have to do is look at my Facebook news feed on almost any given day and I see people I know involved at almost every paddle sport discipline from grass roots to high performance international level out on the water enjoying their sport.
Canoeing Ireland belongs to it’s members and if I achieve anything during my time as Leinster Rep it will be to help steer Canoeing Ireland to become more relevant to its current and prospective members. I am just one person of the larger Canoeing Ireland board. I firmly believe that while we are different people with our own personal reasons for joining the board, I have no doubt that each and every person wants the best for Canoeing Ireland and its membership. I genuinely look forward to working with my new fellow board members and doing as much as I can for those I represent.
While the technical committees and the TDU are no longer directly represented on the CI board it should not be forgotten the huge role they have in the growth and success of paddle sports in Ireland. I want to liaise with and assist them as to achieve their goals to the best as I can.
I have some goals I’d like to achieve in my new role but if there is anything you would like me to take on board please contact me directly and I’ll do the best I can to help you out and bring it to the attention of the relevant people. In the coming months I want to try contact as many people and clubs in the Leinster region to see what you want from your Leinster Rep. After all I’m here for you. Even though my remit is for Leinster, I’ll not restrict myself to helping anyone I can. Like all who site on the Canoeing Ireland board I am accountable to the members of CI, do not be afraid to question me or my fellow board members.
Small Print: I would like it to be known that unless explicitly stated other wise all views expressed here or other online platforms are solely my own and do not represent those of Canoeing Ireland or it’s board. These are my views and no ones else.
It would be criminal to have a big long post about how paddle sports in Ireland should be run without a few token photos of actual paddling. These show some of what I’ve been at in a boat for the last couple of weeks.
However it’s not all sea kayaking I’ve been at, I still enjoy a bit of summer spin to win freestyle action in Kilkenny’s premier summer freestyle spot.
And a little bit of this to mix it things up a bit.