On Saturday 21st January, Banbury Canoe Club gathered at Cropredy Village Hall to celebrate the club’s achievements in the 2022 racing season.

We were very pleased to be able to welcome the inspirational para athlete Jon White as guest speaker at our awards evening.  

Jon White is a former Royal Marine who, while on his final military command, was on patrol in Afghanistan with his Troop, stepped on a Pressure Plate Improvised Explosive Device, and lost three limbs.

Jon completed the DW in 2012 in just over 28 hours with his colleague Colour Sergeant Lee Waters from the Royal Marines, and has since gone on to race internationally in both Ocean Racing and Marathon.  A few weeks ago – on Christmas Day – he set himself the challenge of paddling 100 miles non-stop on the Tiverton Canal, which he completed in 21 hours and 45 minutes, so far raising over £14,000 for the Royal Marines Charity. The club donated £500 towards Jon’s fundraising, the link for which is here Jonathan White is fundraising for RMA – The Royal Marines Charity (justgiving.com) .

Jon races Marathon for Exeter in division 4 and was also selected to represent GB in the inaugral Para Marathon World Championships in Portugal in September last year.

Awards vary from the very competitive racing awards across all divisions and disciplines to the more humorous “Swimmer of the Year”. The evening is an opportunity for us all to get together, eat good food and to inspire members to pursue their goals for the coming season.