Special Contribution to Sport

The Winner of the Special Contribution to Sport Award 2016 is Stafford and Stone Canoe Club

Stafford and Stone Canoe Club

Stafford and Stone CanoeSince its formation in 1973 Stafford and Stone Canoe Club has grown to become the premier Canoe Slalom Club in the UK. The club's concept of training and support has been second to none and has been pivotal in enhancing the quality of Canoe Slalom.

The club prides itself on its annual intake of juniors from local schools, providing them with the development to become accomplished athletes. The clubs athletes have achieved outstanding results both at home and internationally, many of them achieving places on the British Canoeing England Talent Squads.

The club has successfully defended its title as National Interclub Champions for 13 years in a row, winning 23 out of 29 National Championship events.

Category Finalists

Chris Hollinshead - Athletics

Chris has over 30 years experience in Athletics both as a coach and as an endurance athlete, achieving success in both areas. He has been the lead endurance coach on the Paralympic talent identification programme for a number of years.

Chris has also been involved as a coach mentor and a Flying squad coach, visiting running groups across the region, assisting in the development of both coaches and athletes. At the age of 50 Chris still continues to provide inspiration to runners of all ages, winning a Silver medal in the World Masters Half Marathon.

Andy Key

If it wasn't for Andy Key, Stafford Apex Swimming Club wouldn't be where it is today. Andy has been involved with the club for almost 20 years, helping the club to increase their financial reserves and better funding the creation of new officials through ASA training.

Andy has twice been Chairman of the club, using his knowledge and experience to steer the club through a difficult period. As well as being chairman Andy is on three sub committees. Andy always takes time to meet people after training sessions or to congratulate them after a win.

Tel: 01785 619565
Email: sportsdevelopment@staffordbc.gov.uk
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