Mickey Gordon was surprised recently when he turned up at Leaside to be greeted by Clive Whitton from the BCU who awarded Mickey with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Paddle Sport and Leaside, This article will appear in the next edition of Canoe Focus.
London Region Volunteer Awards
At the recent regional volunteer awards three people received awards for service to the paddling community of London. Beth Ettinger deservedly received the Coach of the Year Award and had the following to say “I was greatly shocked to receive the London Volunteer & Recognition Award for Coach of the Year! I would like to thank the RDT, my employer (Laburnum Boat Club) and all the young people and coaches who I have worked with and have supported me over the year”. Terry Kinsella, Chair of the Regional Development Team had the following to say about Beth, “I have known and worked closely with Beth for many years. She has greatly up skilled many London paddlers/coaches young and old in their quest to becoming better within their chosen area of paddlesports. She is always at hand to offer correct advice and top tips whenever called upon. I feel honoured as Chairperson for the London RDT to present the Regional Award for Coach of the Year to Beth today”.
Mickey Gordon received an award for Outstanding Contribution for the many years he has given to the development at Leaside Centre and was extremely grateful. “It has been my sincere pleasure but mostly a deeply felt privilege to have helped introduce this fantastic sporting pastime to other people both young and the young at heart. I have been passionate about paddlesports since it was first introduced to me some fifty years ago and the passion still remains”. Terry had this to say about Mickey, “I can not underestimate the impact Mickey has had in the London paddling scene especially at Leaside CC. I myself have experienced the ‘magic’ Mickey passes on to all that come into contact with him. His true love for the sport and his ability to use this as a tool to enhance all paddlers simply makes him a worthy recipient of the awards today.”
Daniel Ellis received the award for Performance Coach which was accepted by Adam White, Senior Instructor at Westminster Boating Base, “Daniel has volunteered at Westminster Boating Base for several years in many capacities but notably forming a slalom squad and training them over a period of 2 years to a respectable set of results at both the London youth games and national divisions. Keen and enthusiastic he has developed a peer group and welcomed many new youngsters to the sport whilst pushing the more advanced on.”
Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Volunteer Awards and thank you for the years of service and dedication to the development of our sport within the region.