Celebrating the greatest achievement by men and women in paddlesports, it is time once again to nominate your heroes to win a Golden Paddle as the fourth edition of the World Paddle Awards (WPA) for the 2017 season will be held the last week day of February or the first weekend of March 2018.
As the 2017 season is about to draw to a close in the coming month(s), it is time again to come together and celebrate the year's exceptional achievement in paddlesports!
We are now taking nominees who could win the much acclaimed 'Golden Paddle'; athletes who have excelled in their sport(s) this year and individuals/professionals off-the-water who have made a significant contribution to paddlesports. The deadline for nominations is 24 October 2017.
The location of the fourth World Paddle Awards ceremony will be the Radisson Blu Hotel Papirfabrikken in Silkeborg, Denmark and is set for the last week day of February or the first weekend of March 2018. – save the date!
[Note: One submission per form; you can submit as many different nominees as you choose.]
The World Paddle Awards
The WPA is a global award ceremony celebrating remarkable prowess, success, results and accomplishments by men and women, boys and girls, not just in the Olympic sports of canoe slalom and canoe sprint, but across all the different paddlesport disciplines and for achievement within the watersports industry itself.
- Winners of the 2014 cycle
- Winners of the 2015 cycle
- Winners of the 2016 cycle
- Full explanation of the voting procedure
The location of the fourth World Paddle Awards ceremony early 2018 will be the Radisson Blu Hotel Papirfabrikken in Silkeborg, Denmark. More information about this location will follow soon in the next press release.
Changes 2017 (only) for 'Foundation Award'
In the previous three years 2015-2017 the Foundation Award has been presented to a charity (-like) initiative, a foundation and a environmental initiative. This year these kind of initiatives will be exluded from participation in order to also recognise people in other areas such as 'staff', 'volunteers', 'event organisers' and so on. For more information about this award visit Foundation Award.
Voting: what happens next?
The WPA Academy will select the 5-8 most-nominated-for candidates in each category; these will then be announced on the WPA (this) website, Facebook and Twitter shortly after October 24th.
You can then 'like', 'tweet', 'Google+' your selections to win at the bottom of each nominee profile. There will also be a special like button available if you do not use social media.
Later in the year, after collation of the public and Academy vote, the 'Top 3' finalists will be revealed on the WPA website. Voting continues until mid November 2017, with overall results then tallied and the winner declared publicly at the ceremony itself in 2018.