Articles - Canoe & Kayak UK Professional Coach of the Year 2011 - Loel Collins

2011 Canoe & Kayak UK Awards
2011 Canoe & Kayak UK Awards
Canoe & Kayak UK Editorial - Posted on 13 Dec 2011
Loel CollinsCanoe & Kayak UK Pro Coach of the year Loel Collins of the University of central Lancaster
There are many fantastic coaches out there providing quality learning experiences but their was one name that really stood out head and shoulders as the winner of the CKUK Professional Coach of the Year Award and that name was Leo Collins Leo has been at the cutting edge of professional coaching in paddle-sports and the outdoors for a long, long time. A passionate peddler in his own right he was instrumental in opening up many of the more ‘sporty’ white-water runs of Wales, including some impressive first descents. He also represented Team GB in open canoe at the freestyle World Champs and has been a key member of many notable expeditions all over the globe. Loel is a BCU Level 5 Coach in a range of disciplines including whitewater, open canoe, sea and surf. A former Director of the National Whitewater Centre and a senior member of staff at the National Mountain Centre, Loel Collins has worked in the adventure sport industry for over 20 years. In that time he’s worked closely with the Welsh Canoe association, the British Canoe Union and his fellow outdoor professionals and we think that it’s fair to say that he has been instrumental in the how we think and approach coaching paddle-sports today. In his current position at the University of Central Lancashire Loel continues to push the boundaries and increase his understanding of delivering ‘innovative and groundbreaking’ programs of professional coach education.

Few top tips from Loel:

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