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CANI was formed in 1964 and is the governing body for canoeing in Northern Ireland.  CANI is the Northern Ireland Division of the British Canoe Union (BCU).  The BCU is the governing body for the UK.  CANI,  through the BCU is affiliated to the International Canoe Federation. 


CANI is run by a Council of 10 members elected from the membership at the AGM each year.  To assist Council with the work there are 2 sub-committees.  The Coaching Panel takes responsibility for the implementation of the BCU Coaching Scheme.  The Surf squad takes responsibility for the Surf Competition Squad. All members of committees and sub committees are volunteers. 

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CANI employ's a administrator, coaching & development manager, participation & club development officer and a performance development officer. 


There are three development sections in CANI.  A paddler may progress in  one, two or even all three.  The 5 star award in the personal performance section and the Level 5 Coach award in the Coaching section are both high level achievement awards and should be regarded as elite performance awards.


CANI has some 500 individual members of whom about 400 are coaches.  There are also  250 affiliated members, these are paddlers who are members of affiliated clubs.  Currently 19

clubs are affiliated to CANI.


Competitions are run by the affiliated clubs and are open to all CANI members or members of other canoe governing bodies who are able to show 3rd party Insurance cover.  Other paddlers can enter but must pay an extra “Taster Insurance Fee”.  Some of the competitions are grouped together into a CANI League.  This is designed to encourage people to try other disciplines and introduce new paddlers to competition.  As well as the general CANI League there is a Surf League, which is a series of surf kayak events held over the year.  This is run by the Northern Ireland Surf Kayak Club and is used to talent spot and improve surfers for the Surf Squad.


CANI has invested over several years in boats and now has a number of fleets available to clubs and coaches. The fleets are all designed for different specific uses, these are White water racing, junior paddlers, general purpose, open canoes and sea paddling. 



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