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Claire O’Hara wins MBE in New Year Honours

Claire O’Hara wins MBE in New Year Honours 16.1.2019

British canoe freestyle star Claire O’Hara has been awarded an MBE for her services in canoeing in the New Years Honours list. Ray Goodwin, first paddler to cross the Irish Sea unsupported, is also among those on the list.

Claire O’Hara started her kayaking career in Leeds Canoe Club in 1996 and five years later she started competing in freestyle canoeing. She first qualified for GB Freestyle team in 2006 and since then she has had an excellent career. She is the most successful female freestyle paddler in the world. She is multiple World and European Champion, British Champion and a two times Guinness World Record Holder. Her kayaking trips took her around the globe, including USA, Canada, Norway, Uganda, NZ, Australia and Nepal.
Ray Goodwin, from Corwen, completed the first circumnavigation of Wales and was the first paddler to cross the Irish Sea unsupported. His canoeing trips have taking him to the Arctic Circle, Sudan as well as USA and Canada. A highly experienced and widely regarded coach, Ray has taken people paddling for more than 40 years, including Ray Mears on a canoe journey on the Missinaibi River in Ontario in 2004. Ray has published many books on the sport and continues to volunteer his time to help a number of organisations and organises several annual symposiums,” British Canoeing reports.


Source: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2018/new-year-honours-for-services-to-canoeing


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