Shrewsbury Canoe Club

Introducing our awesome volunteer coaches and leaders...

Our coaches and leaders have either obtained British Canoeing recognised coach or leader awards, or they have been assessed by the club as competent to coach or lead groups to a described remit. They look forward to meeting you soon.

Name: Amy Apple Goolden

Coach / Leader Qualification: Sea Leader, Level 2 Coach

Club Approved Remit: WW grade 2, Jackfields and the Mill Llangollen

Your favourite craft: Sea Kayak, Open boat on white water

What you love about paddle sport: It washes away any stress and makes me new and happy. I love learning and seeing other people progress. I love everything about it, the peace, wildlife, excitement and adventure.


Name: Brian Wenlock

Coach / Leader Qualification: Grade 4 WW

Club Approved Remit: WW grade 4

Your favourite craft: Jackson Karma Kayak

What you love about paddle sport:

Loves the scenery, testing himself in good waters and good friends


Name: Dave Butler

Coach / Leader Qualification: BCU Level 3 White Water Kayak, BC/UKCC L2

Club Approved Remit: Coach/lead to grade 2/3 (with assistance on 2/3 water)

Your favourite craft: Kayak

What you love about paddle sport: Adventure, exploration, friends


Name: David Chapman

Coach / Leader Qualification: Old Level 3 Inland WW Kayak Coach, Bell Boat Helm, SUP Module

Club Approved Remit:

Your favourite craft: Kayak 

What you love about paddle sport: Getting out in the great outdoors creating new adventures, having a great day out and the release from the stress of work.  Meeting Club Members on and off the water. 


Name: David Coan 

Coach / Leader Qualification: Level 2 sheltered water canoe and kayak

Club Approved Remit: Sheltered Water and swimming pool 

Your favourite Craft: Love them all but now getting into sup 

What you love about paddle sport: There is something for everyone all ages and abilities plus the quiet of being with nature with one or two friends to the fun of crashing down a bit of white with lots of friends 


Name: David Southern

Coach / Leader Qualification: Moderate Water Sea Kayak Coach

Club Approved Remit: 4* Sea Conditions, Moderate Inland Water 

Your favourite craft: Sea Kayak

What you love about paddle sport: Escapism and wildlife (both meanings!)


Name:  Duncan Smalley

Coach/leader qualifications:  Old BCU coaching qualifications - Senior Instructor Inland Kayak,  Advanced Inland White Water,    Advanced Canadian, Level 3 Surf Coach                                        

Club Approved Remit:  W/water up to Grade 3       Surf sessions

Favourite Craft: Prijon Sea Yak, North Shore Voyager Expedition, P & H Surfer Mark 2                   

What you love about paddle sport: it provides 'Challenge by Choice' for all irrespective of ability, keeps me fit, continues to enable me to push my own boundaries and affords superb opportunities to experience total freedom in beautiful settings.


Name: Grant McKelvie

Coach / Leader Qualification: Sheltered Water Coach

Club Approved Remit: Sheltered Water

Your favourite craft: Kayak

What you love about paddle sport: The adventure and the complete distraction from everything else. I really enjoy introducing juniors to the sport, and helping them gain confidence on the water.


Name: Karen Darby

Coach / Leader Qualification: BCU Level 2 Coach

British Canoeing Remit: Sheltered Water

Your favourite craft: 'anything that floats' but love sea kayaking and open boating most of all

What you love about paddle sport: I just LOVE my sport and always have done! I love the journeying, multi -day expeditioning aspect most of all - the quiet places that it takes you to, stunning scenery, amazing wildlife encounters. I also love the 'movement of paddlesport', the cadence on a day when its all going well, smooth, effortless, easy.....


Name: Kev Homewood

Coach / Leader Qualification: Canoe leader, shelter water coach (level 2) & open water SUP coach

Club Approved Remit: Sheltered water canoe & kayak

Your favourite craft: SUP

What you love about paddle sport: Just getting on the water


Name: Matthew Dunn

Coach / Leader Qualification: Level 1 Coach/4*Leader

Club Approved Remit:

Your favourite craft: 40 year old Pyranha Mountain Bat

What you love about paddle sport: Paddle sport, its all about the; Thrill, Contentment, Escapism, Expressive, Adventure, Nature-spotting, Fresh air, Watching people succeed, Making friends. In a nutshell paddling has shaped my life and I love it.


Name: Neil Gantley

Coach / Leader Qualification: Canoe Leader, 3* Sea, Paddlesport Instructor, Sheltered Water Canoe & Kayak 

Club Approved Remit:  

Your favourite craft: Canoe or Kayak

What you love about paddle sport: Journeying in canoes and kayaks


Name: Nick Morrall

Coach / Leader Qualification: Level 3 canoe coach, Level 2 kayak coach with 4* 

Club Approved Remit: Waters up to Grade 3 

Your favourite craft: Depends on the river. Canoe or Kayak

What you love about paddle sportThe freedom to explore places and spots you don’t often get to see. Also just having a great time with great friends. 


Name: Simon Pond

Coach / Leader Qualification: Level 3 WW Kayak Coach

Club Approved Remit: Coach/lead to grade 4

Your favourite craft: Kayak

What you love about paddle sport: I get great satisfaction from seeing novice paddlers progressing to be experienced paddlers.



Name: Steve Saunders

Coach / Leader Qualification: Old style L2 Coach, 4* WW Leader

Club Approved Remit: 

Favourite Craft: For WW its a Mamba 8.1, for Sea its the Scorpio

What you love about paddle sport: For me its the love being on the water taking in all the beautiful scenery & wildlife that’s around. Love the challenges of new rivers and learning how to efficiently read & then run them with a group of paddlers. Helping others to enjoy the same


Name:  Sue Couling

Coach / Leader Qualification: Advanced Water Sea Kayak Performance Coach, White Water BCU Level 3

Club Approved Remit: Anything going!

Your favourite craft: Anything that floats

What you love about paddle sport: Adventure in beautiful places with like-minded people


Name:  Toby Roberts

Coach / Leader Qualification: White Water Leader, Level 1 Coach 

Club Approved Remit: Leading WW G3, Flat water coaching

Your favourite craft: Ripper Kayak

What you love about paddle sport: Immersive nature of the sport; it can be what you want it to be. The social aspects, paddling in groups or pairs. Paddling is what you want to make of it!


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