Sue first appeared on a Cumbria Canoeists sea kayak event – determined to take a friend (with age and poor health, not on his side) to the Slate isles – lead by Jim Wilson and myself. They were so concerned not to slow down the group, that I had to chase them for 2 kilometers, to explain they were way faster than any other members of the group and please could they SLOW down.
To get involved with Cumbria Canoeists, Sue took on the role of Minutes Secretary for our Meetings and got involved with the management and decision making of the senior team, as Secretary.
Sue’s main passion and expertise lies in open boating and she was quickly involved with the formation of a Cumbria Canoeists “Open Boat Group”, taking the lead and building the initiative from nothing, to the well organised, innovative and paddler centres programme that we see today.
To help grow the Open Boat group, Sue decided that it would be the TEAM effort that would develop success, so her initiative to surround herself with other likeminded coach/leaders has guaranteed sustainability for the future.
Never “shy in coming forward” and always happy to “fight her corner” for the cause and betterment for participants. Sue has been an outstanding asset to Cumbria paddling and still is today – after she has stood down from the Lead, she is full of energy, ideas and plans to help others develop their skills, experience, enjoyment paddling can bring by developing a host of paddling opportunities for others.
We are awarding Sue an award for “Outstanding Contribution” and hope she will qualify for a National Award, where she will be treated to the lime light at a British Canoeing Awards celebration.
Mike Sunderland, Chair