HERTS CANOE CLUB
Chair – Nick Firth
Nick leads the club in line with current issues and practices for the sport.
Secretary – Alyson Slater
Alyson is responsible for the organisation of the meetings of the General Committee and of the Club, the recording of minutes relating to the general business of the Club, items of general correspondence and other duties as may be deemed necessary by the General Committee.
"Since both children and hubbie were paddling and the dog was too old to walk along the river banks, I ventured into an open canoe paddling tandem with my husband. I then became hooked and determined to try my hand at solo paddling. My preference is for nice flat water - rivers or lakes - and I love the chance to get close to wildlife, there's nothing quite as special as having a kingfisher fly past on a summer's evening. This and the good company of other paddlers keeps me hooked. At HCC we try to make paddling as accessible as possible to as many people as possible."
Treasurer – Carl Von Berg
Carl is responsible for the collection of all monies and keeps such books of account as required by the General Committee. He produces at the AGM a balance sheet showing the financial state of the Club, and this is accompanied by the Auditor’s Report. In addition he ensures that a list of Annual Subscriptions is prominently displayed on the club notice board.
"Both of my children paddled with HCC and finally I decided to have a go, my first experience was in an open canoe on a breezy day so it was a real test of my commitment! I then learned to paddle in a kayak and began to work through my BCU star awards. Over the last couple of years I have progressed to qualify as a coach and taken up sea kayaking. Paddling for me is a great way to relax and keep fit in the company of friends. I think HCC offers great opportunities for people to learn to paddle and find the sport that suits them."
Head Coach – Andy Morley
Andy organises and co-ordinates all coaching activity at the club.
"I’ve been kayaking since the late 1980s and coaching almost as long. I’m still as enthusiastic about the sport and coaching as I was in the beginning though I now try to not bore people silly about it. I look after organising coaching courses and ensuring we maintain our standards. My jobs is easy because we have a number of excellent and enthusiastic coaches at the club. I’m very pleased to be coaching at HCC as it's a real canoeing club, run by its members for its members."
Buildings Officer – Matt Smith
Matt keeps the clubhouse maintained and functional at all times. He organises any repairs to the clubhouse.
Membership and Communications Officer – Sandra Sims
Sandra organises and updates membership information. She communicates with the members and maintains the website.
"My partner and I both learned to paddle with Herts Canoe Club. Our first love was sea kayaking, but since joining HCC we have also become addicted to white water! I love getting close to wildlife and seeing amazing scenery that you can't get to from the land, whether it's floating down a river or paddling to a remote island or along sea cliffs. My favourite thing is surfing, on both the sea and white water. I have learned a lot from HCC, an amazing, friendly, and supportive bunch of people."
Equipment and Activities Officer – Matt David
Matt ensures all equipment is stored safely and in good working order. He organises and co-ordinates club activities and events.
Welfare Officer – Linda Brothwell
Linda acts as the liaison between youth members and the committee; encouraging younger paddlers to contribute ideas to the club. She is responsible for safeguarding and protecting youth and adult members. She promotes good practice and coordinates any action following concerns identified within the club.