JOHN EDWARDS (Canada) - 2016 Nominee for 'Lifetime Achievement' award.
Born: 1954, Sport: Canoeing, Represents: Canada.
At the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Paracanoe made its debut where 60 athletes from 26 countries across 6 events competed for glory. John Edwards is responsible for this addition, where he played an instrumental role putting this on the program for both the 2016 & 2020 Paralympic Games.
John grew up paddling at the Carleton Place Canoe Club in Canada and competed at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games in the C1 & C2 1000. Between 1999 and 2015 he served as the Domestic Development Director at CanoeKayak Canada (CKC) where he lead the largest growth in CKC’s racing and membership history. He also initiated Canada’s Aboriginal paddling initiative, the PaddleALL program for paddlers with disabilities and played a vital role in increasing female participation in canoeing.
In addition to this he is the Chair of the ICF’s Paracanoe Committee and the driving force behind the bid for inclusion into the Paralympic Games. He had the goal of being able to offer all paracanoe athletes the opportunity to attend a high level event and develop high performance skills, and the Paralympic Games is the pinnacle of this. His committee also aims to increase the accessibility of the sport worldwide.
Outside of paddlesports John has served as a municipal councilor for Ramsay Ward in Mississippi Mills, Ontario for more than 17 years.
John Edwards is a truly remarkable individual who has left an everlasting legacy in paddlesports worldwide.
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