Canoeing Ireland are excited to announce that applications are now open for the next two-year cycle of Bridge the Gap Ambassadors! Applications are open to all women in the paddling community, whether you are a beginner, paddling your whole life, or have stopped paddling and are involved in another way!

Ambassadors will take part in a two-year programme beginning with Leadership & Mentoring Training, and continuing with ongoing support for ideas that ambassadors would like to make a reality.

Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Steering Committee have identified four key target areas for development which Sport NGBs throughout Ireland are focusing on:
Active (Regular) Participation
Coaching, Instructing & Officiating
Leadership & Governance

We have seen that effective leadership skills are essential for developing the four areas above which is why we have developed the Bridge the Gap Ambassador Programme.

Are you passionate about bridging the gender gap in paddlesports in Ireland?
Would you like to contribute to developing opportunities for women in paddlesports?
Are you enthusiastic about carrying out projects and programmes which will encourage more females to engage in paddlesports?
Are you committed to developing your own leadership and mentoring skills which will contribute to developing paddlers around Ireland?

If so, we invite you to apply to become a Bridge the Gap Ambassador!*

Deadline for applications Monday 29th November.

*Terms & Conditions

Successful Applicants must be 18 years old on or before 15th January 2022 (junior ambassador application to follow)
Successful Applicants must be a Canoeing Ireland member
Successful Applicants must identify as being female
Applications will be reviewed and selected by a diverse panel

This programme will cost โ‚ฌ200 per participant with the remaining 80% subsidised by Canoeing Ireland

What is involved as an ambassador?
-You will be attending a professional Leadership & Mentoring Training course over two weekends, including 2 x one-to-one leadership coaching sessions.
-You will attend this course with fellow ambassadors and have the opportunity to meet and network with a diverse group of women who share your passion, enthusiasm and commitment for developing women in paddlesports.
-Together you will collaborate on projects and programme ideas which will have an impact either in your local, regional or national paddling community throughout 2022 & 2023.
-We ask that you engage in mentoring two females within your paddling community towards their own leadership journey and encourage the ethos of growing female leaders in the sport.
-You will be asked to reflect on your own actions and attitudes as a mentor and role model within the sport.
From the four areas for development indicated above, you can select the area(s) which you feel you can make a difference in, and Canoeing Ireland will endeavour to support your ideas.

What will you gain personally?
Certified Professional Leadership & Mentoring Training Course, & one-to-one Leadership Coaching: 4 full days of training Tea/Coffee/Snacks & Lunch included each day.
Branding: Peak-Eu Custom Cag (with or without latex seals), and T-Shirt
Support on your own leadership pathway during 2022 & 2023 through the four key areas for development (coach, referee, committee member, instructor, event manager etc.)
Canoeing Ireland will subsidise 80% of the cost of the full ambassador programme.
You will be connected with a network of female leaders in Paddlesports.
Canoeing Ireland will promote your developments personally and as a part of the community.
Complimentary Canoeing Ireland membership for 12 months.

Apply Now

Deadline for applications Monday 29th November