Committee

Committee

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Steve Watts
Chairperson & South West Representative

Steve was previously the Chief Referee in the UK and continues to sit on the ICF Rules and Development Board. He has officiated the senior men's final in the  two World Championships and was also lead referee in a World Games final. He now hopes to shift his focus to developing all aspects of polo across the UK!

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Chris Arrowsmith
Vice-Chairperson & National Leagues Organiser

Chris Started canoeing in Slalom, competing for the GB team then moving to the warmer canoe polo discipline! He has played for Dragon for the last 30 years.

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Derek Playford
Treasurer & Performance Chairperson

Derek has grown to love the sport through his and his child's participation at Meridian Canoe Club. Along with his Treasurer role, Derek is the Performance Chairperson for our GB sides. Although Derek jumps in a boat occasionally, he prefers giving back to the sport through organisation, coaching and refereeing – he tells us its an age thing!

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Elan Winter
Chief Referee

Elan started paddling with Aberfan Canoe Club at the start of the 1990s and started playing polo a little later. He’s played ever since and has coached various clubs, as well as the national side. As a referee, Elan has officiated at European and World Championships since 2013, and has refereed the Senior Men’s Finals at the 2017 European and 2018 World Championships.

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David McBay
Publicity Officer
David runs the Website and Social Media streams. Get in touch if you have any polo content to share or for any sponsorship enquiries. David began playing polo at University with London. He now plays with Meridian Canoe Club.
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Mark Dolan
Secretary

Mark has been a keen polo player for the past 20 years.  He plays for both the Royal Navy and HM Armed Forces teams.  Currently living in Norfolk which seems to be a Polo black hole he is concentrating more on becoming a better referee as he has no local team to play for.

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Sara Potter
Welfare Officer & North East CPC Representative
Sara started canoeing at 7 and polo at 8, now 24 the enthusiasm hasn’t left! Sara is the Yorkshire and Humberside secretary and National Committee rep as well as our Welfare Officer.
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Zöe Anthony
Coaching & Welsh Chairperson
Zöe joined Aberfan Canoe Club in the mid 90's and has been playing, refereeing, coaching and other roles ever since.
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Michael Burbeck
South East Chairperson

Michael started paddling at the University of London in 2007 and now plays for Meridian and East End Canoe Club.

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Chris Carracher
Scottish CPC Representative
Chris spends most of his time overseeing the SCA polo leagues and development of polo in Scotland as the SCA Canoe Polo chairperson. Chris began playing polo at the University of Manchester and now plays for Scotia Phoenix.
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Matt Carter
North West Chairperson
Matt spends his time organising and running the regional leagues and general polo development within the NW&C region. Although he has paddled from a young age he didn't start polo until he was at Lancaster Uni, where he promptly fell in love. From there he built a new club based in Lancaster initially out of Lancs graduates, "Red Rose CC" which takes up the rest of his spare time!
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Dave Siegel
Welsh CPC Representative
Dave has been a kayaking coach for the past 30 years. His main passion is in teaching the basic strokes of kayaking right, therefore hopefully promote the longevity of all paddlers. Dave has competed at national and international levels in a variety of kayaking disciplines but has always come back to polo.
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AP Gair
North East Chairperson
Adam-Peter a.k.a. AP started paddling at 16 and coaching at 19. British Canoeing Regional Coaching Representative for Yorkshire as well as the Yorkshire and North East Polo Committee's Chairperson. Full-time outdoor instructor and the Senior Instructor for the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre. Coach, manager and player for the Leeds Panthers from Leeds Canoe Club. Hoping to make a difference by increasing polo coaching and standards of refereeing in the Regional division.
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