Jesse Phillips joined Stephen Bird to visit his club, Canning River Canoe Club to meet and teach the young ‘Guppy’ paddlers aged between 6 and 12.
The WAIS duo vying for Olympic selection spoke about their journey from Guppy paddlers through to senior paddlers, and spoke to the youngsters about the health benefits and enjoyment the sport has brought them, before spending some time on the water doing some technique work.
Bird began paddling as a Guppy at the Canning River Canoe Club as an 8 year old, and enjoyed having the opportunity to give something back to the club that has given him so much.
“It’s really fulfilling to give back to the club; I began as a guppy here when I was 8.”
“The personal satisfaction of sharing my route is great and really promoting the sport as something you can do for a long time. It’s a healthy sport to do and a lot of fun with rivers, lakes and oceans to explore, and it’s something you can be a part of and enjoy for a long time.”
WAIS Head Coach Ramon Andersson said, “Jesse and Steve are really good like that. They put a lot back in. It would be good if more athletes were like that.”
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