This is where we recognise and pay tribute to our athletes that have reached a class of their own, standing above their peers by their achievements on the water while representing their country and the contribution they have subsequently given back in developing the sport to new heights at international, national or regional and club level. They have shown determination, dedication and passion though their whole lives to canoe polo. Only a very few athletes will be recognised here but they represent what every athlete should aspire to be.
ALAN VESSEY ex-National Team Athlete, British Canoe Union ‘Award of Merit’ Holder
GINNY COYLES ex-National team athlete, British Canoe Union ‘Award of Merit’ Holder
Ginny is a member of the Friends of Allonby Canoe Club from Liverpool and for over 20 years has been playing canoe polo in Regional, National and International League events very successfully. She has played with the Senior Women’s National Team in the World Championships in 1996, 2004, 2008 and in 2010 winning Gold in 2009; she has played also in the European Championships in 1997, 2001, 2005 and in 2009. She has played and won in the National League fourteen times, in the National Championships eleven times. She has played and won four times with her team in the European Club Championships in 2006, 2008, 2009 and in 2011. She played in the World Masters Game in 2009 with the team Mutineers winning the Bronze medal. She is still playing canoe polo with her club teams at National and International events as well as providing her skills to help develop the teams and the players in the National Squads. She too has been given the British Canoe Union ‘Award of Merit’ for her many years of involvement in this sport.
GREG SMALE ex-national team athlete, ex-chairman I.C.F. Canoe Polo Committee, ‘Award of Merit’ Holder