Duncan Winning OBE
Duncan Winning OBE: Duncan is the Chairman and has been involved in the organisation of the Scottish Symposia since they began. He combines this experience along with having been a past Chairman of the Scottish Canoe Association (the National Governing Body of the Sport) and he is the Honorary President of the Association. He has also been a contributor and other Sea Kayak Symposia in such as Jersey , the USA and Norway . Today Duncan is recognised as a leading authority on the history of kayaking. Duncan wrote the chapter entitled “A Short History of Paddlesport in Britain for the British Canoe Union ’s Canoe & Kayak Handbook. In 1997, he was awarded the OBE for his services to canoeing.
Gordon is one of only three doubly qualified level 5 coaches (sea & Inland kayak) in Scotland. This is the highest coach award achievable in the UK. He has a lifetime's experience on rivers and the sea. He has guided on rivers in Nepal where he ran the first river safety course for kayakers supporting commercial rafting. He has trained both British and American Special Forces. He is also the Scottish representative on the BCU level 5 development team, and has written the chapter on sea kayaking for the latest edition of the BCU Handbook. Gordon has written his own successful book on sea kayaking skills and produce a DVD.
Ken is the Treasurer for the event and took up this role in 2005. Ken holds the BCU Level 5 Coach (Sea) award and has run numerous sea kayaking courses. He is based in Thurso and has organised many kayak competitions (national and international) including 2 world kayak surf championships. He is the secretary and founder member for the local canoe club in Thurso. Besides leading sea kayaking trips around the Scottish coastline for the Club, he has taken Club trips to Norway, Greenland and Croatia. Thurso is another area which offers very challenging sea kayaking due to the strong tides of the Pentland Firth .
Morag is an BCU Level 4 coach (sea) and is qualified GP. She has trained in sports, expedition and high altitude medicine. She is an experienced paddler and mountaineer having climbed all 284 Munros and paddled most of the Scottish coastline.