February 21, 2017
Canoe Kayak Canada ~ John Edwards has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Canoe Federation’s World Paddling Awards. Edwards is Chair of the ICF’s Paracanoe Committee and was the driving force behind moving Paracanoe to inclusion in the Paralympic Games.
He served as Canoe Kayak Canada’s Domestic Development Director from 1999 to 2015 where he led the largest growth in CKC’s racing and membership history. He also initiated Canada’s Aboriginal paddling initiative, the PaddleALL program for paddlers with impairments and played a vital role in increasing female participation in canoeing. Edwards grew up paddling at the Carleton Place Canoe Club in Canada and competed at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games in the C1 and C2 1000m.
Edwards accepted the honour on Saturday night in Mortágua, Portugal as he also joined the World Paddle Awards Academy.
Canoe Kayak BC is the Provincial Sport Organization for the paddle sports and actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in them. Members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of the sport. The association's mission enourages and promotes personal growth and success for our members through participation and performance in paddle sports.