Do you have a paddle sport story to share?

British Canoeing (BC) wants to ensure that the story of paddling in England is preserved and shared for existing and future generations. To do this, BC needs to have a clear idea of the heritage that exists and the stories it tells. They want to know how to help the community better look after and share this heritage and what you need them to do to achieve this!

BC have tasked Sporting Heritage to reach out to the paddling community and find out what they need to do going forward. The heritage we’re interested in hearing about is not just medals and trophies, but anything that tells the story of a sport and its communities: this could be equipment, financial records, oral history recordings, films, songs, memorabilia, or photographs.

The first part of this work is a nationwide survey, aiming to understand which stories and collections exist and what they tell us about the past of paddle sport. If you think you may have something relevant to share – no matter how big or small – please do consider filling out the survey. It should take no more than 20 minutes and will be vital in ensuring this heritage is understood, protected and celebrated for generations to come.


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