We are so proud and over the moon that Sarah was nominated and won. Below is the write up taken from British Canoeing Association.
Lockdown Hero - sponsored by Peak UK
This award recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond during Covid-19.
Winner - Sarah Jane Coombes
Sarah runs the British Canoeing affiliated club ‘Blue Therapy Paddle Community’ based in Southend, Essex. Throughout 2020 Sarah provided the community countless covid-secure paddling activities to suit all abilities, from complete novices to more developed SUPers. In doing so she created a near 1,000 strong community of paddlers in a small town with a population of around 10,000 people.
Not only has Sarah helped so many paddlers, but she has juggled this whilst managing the Southend Coastguard team during its busiest year on record. Southend became the second busiest Coastguard station in the UK (out of approx. 350 stations) throughout 2020 recording over 250 incidents.