Recognition for Wendy

Shetland Canoe Club member Wendy Nicol has been recognised for her efforts over the past 10 years. Photo Angus Nicol

A LEADING light in the Shetland Canoe Club has won a national award for her “huge” contribution to the sport.

Wendy Nicol was honoured with the Willing Hands Quaich prize at the Scottish Canoe Association’s annual general meeting earlier this month.

The association paid tribute to Nicol’s efforts on behalf of local and visiting kayakers over the last decade.


It recognised her skills in training new coaches and organising club affairs.

“Wendy’s huge contribution to our sport is one that often goes unnoticed being less visible than some other roles, but is equally important if not more so,” an association spokesman said.

For the past 10 years Nicol has organised the training of new coaches, improved the skills of existing ones and brought trainers to Shetland to ensure a constant supply of coaches in the isles.

“As well as this Wendy is instrumental in applying for funding for new boats, safety equipment and organising the biennial Shetland kayak symposium, which benefits both local members as well as kayakers from further afield,” the spokesman said.