William ‘Bill’ Endicott - American

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William Endicott - Member of the World Paddle Awards Academy

William 'Bill' Endicott is one of the most well respected men within the paddlesports community having given more than 40 years to the sport as an innovator, athlete, coach, manager and author.

Bill has quietly and masterfully transformed and inspired athletes and teams from around the world into Olympic, world and national champions. He also helped revolutionise the slalom discipline, laying the foundation for what it is today.

In the late 1980’s, William co-founded the canoe slalom World Cup and was its president for the first five years. During this time he played a critical advocacy role in getting the slalom discipline reinstated on the 1996 Olympic program. 

His coaching record speaks for itself having worked with eight different countries, and as a sports consultant to China, Great Britain, Australia and the USA.

His athletes have combined to win a total of 57 Olympic, World Championship and World Cup medals. Among them were the US C1 slalom athletes of the 1980’s who dominated world competition, Jon Lugbill and Davey Hearn, who both won the World Championships multiple times; 1988 sprint K2 Olympic Champion Norm Bellingham; 1992 Olympic C2 Men Champions Joe Jacobi and Scott Strausbaugh; and 1992 K1 women Olympic bronze medalist Dana Chladek. 

He was so inspired by the athletes he worked with that heturned his experiences into timeless written treasures of paddlesport by publishing seven books, five of which are now online for free.

Outside of paddling, Bill’s vision and leadership saw him serve as an aide in the US House of Representatives beforemoving on to work as the Director of Research and Analysis in the Clinton WhiteHouse Office of Political Affairs.

Bill has completed two degrees at Harvard University and served his country as a Captain in the US Marine Corps Reserve.

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