Canoeing Ireland has produced its annual report covering 2019 which sho a 25 per cent increase in membership and a 28 per cent rise in revenues.

Of €762,000 in revenues, €409,000 came by way of grants largely through Sport Ireland, an increase of €130,000 over the previous year. €96,000 came in from membership fees and €93,000 from the running of courses.

2019 was a very productive and successful year for Canoeing Ireland,” said CEO Moira Aston.

“Considerable progress was achieved in relation to operational targets and as we near the end of the current strategic plan, we are confident that strong foundations will be in place to support the ambitious goals and targets which will come into effect with our new plan in 2021.”

“There has been an upward trend in membership over the past three years. While this in itself is positive, the trends towards increased junior membership and greater gender diversity is particularly pleasing.”

“We are continuing to focus on diversity and inclusion and are working with partner organisations to increase our capabilities in these areas. The Bridge the Gap programme has been a superb success, with 32 very active female paddling ambassadors leading by example and supporting the programme.”

“We have put some thought into creating entry and progression pathways for new and existing members. Two current areas of focus are participation, with the ‘Good2Go’ paddlesport programme, funded by a Dormant Accounts grant, and the Junior Pathway, specifically designed for our younger members.”

“We are working with stakeholder groups to develop facilities for all disciplines, including the proposed whitewater course in the docklands. It is imperative that we remain focused on this area and ambitious with our goals.”

“We have invested in the development of our website and social media channels and have increased engagement across all channels. 2019 was a bumper year for events, crowned by the 60th Liffey Descent, preceded by the launch of Iain MacLean’s book in City Hall.”

“We are nurturing a collaborative and responsive environment so that we can fully support our members, clubs and stakeholders. We were very aware of community support during the onset of Covid-19 and when we began the process of restarting sport. It was this sharing of knowledge, and willingness to engage in safe practices which ensured that we were in the first tranche of sports to return to play.”