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North Wales kayaking club receives award

A Carmarthen kayaking club has received an award for its work with disabled children and young adults.

Two leaders of The Gwendraeth Valley Paddlers club gained qualifications in supporting individuals with disabilities participate in water sports. In recognition of their work in helping young people with disabilities get into kayaking, Disability Wales presented the club with the bronze award in mid-April.

Andy Fraser was one of the club leaders who gained the qualification. He said:

“It’s a great recognition from Disability Wales…We use the leisure centre in Johnstown and have equipment there to enable us to lift people in and out of the crafts, as well as kayaks which they sit on top rather than a cockpit-style.”

Fraser went on to explain that the club will be moving from the leisure centre and out on to the river Towy; a popular canoe and kayak destination with kayak hire and canoe hire available for interested tourists as the weather gets warmer.

The club has been around for over 30 years and Fraser feels the award will help it build for the future, while remaining hopeful that membership will increase with new members of all abilities.

With the knowledge that the club has the bronze award from Disability Wales, people who thought the sport was unavailable to them might think differently and approach the club. Fraser explained that a disability should not stop anyone trying the sport.

Following in the success of the 2012 Olympics means the club, like most North Wales and Cheshire kayaking organisations, has seen an increase in interest in the sport.