Edward Purkhardt

Edward Purkhardt

As your president my job is to manage the whole club and make sure all this sorry lot below me are doing their jobs. I want to make sure every member, new and old, have a really fantastic time this year and help the club be all that it can be.

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Beckie Oram

Beckie Oram

My job is to help out Ed, read the emails and make sure the paper work gets done!

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Georgia Mckeating

Georgia Mckeating

Here's the deal... Things cost money, I want money, you have money, you give me money and you get to do things. The more on time you pay the happier I am and the more stuff we can do 🙂 (or don't pay me it's been way too long since I got to use my nunchucks)

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Social Secretary

Elliott Ackroyd

Elliott Ackroyd

Hi, I’m the resident shenanigans co-ordinator in the form of basically every Wednesday-Saturday night (and more if there’s fun to be had). I’m here to organise all the fun on our weekly socials as well as on all the residential trips throughout the year. Give me a shout about anything you need since the only reason I miss either kayaking or drinking is because I'm already doing one or the other (or both at Teifi tour) so I’ll be at basically everything.

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Welfare Officer

Abbie Fisher

Abbie Fisher

Well here I am your welfare officer here to keep the club happy whether that's listening to your problems, encouraging you to have a good time or maybe feeding you cake

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Polo Captain

Harry McMahon

Harry McMahon

As the new polo captain I am here to make sure everyone enjoys themselves playing polo. In addition to this I am equipped to answer any questions people have about the sport. I will be the main coach and organiser for the training and competitions for canoe polo. I'm also looking to win some hard fought games and having fun along the way, getting the team chanting "Swanseaaaaa!!!" after spectacular moments in the game. I'm here to talk to if anyone wants to chat, has a concern, wants any recommendations and I'm happy to receive feedback/ recommendations about any sessions run.

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Trip Secretary

Dale Jones

Dale Jones

I basically use Uber and Airbnb to ensure we can travel to, and have a roof over our heads on our many luxurious adventures. I highly recommend you bring your car to uni it’ll make my job so much easier 🙂

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River Captain

Archie O'Shaughnessy

Archie O'Shaughnessy

Hey, I’m the river captain, so I’m in charge of organising river and surf trips with Dale. I spend most of my time on some form of water from rivers to the sea (and occasionally polo pitches). If you need any help or have any questions about river or pool stuff just message me.

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Gear Inspection and Maintenance Person (G.I.M.P.)

Sam Brunswick

Sam Brunswick

You see those cool ass kayakers above me, well now imagine them so much cooler... That's right. You imagined them wearing crocs and a floppy hat just like this gear gremlin does. If you ever have a problem with a boat or pretty much any other physical thing, come find me and I'll fix it. Also I'll be keeping your new home (shed) clean and stocked up with screwfix's latest inventions...

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The Committee

President: Ed

Secretary: Beckie

Treasurer: Georgia

Social Secretary: Elliott

Welfare Secretary: Abbie

Polo Captain: Harry

Trip Secretary: Dale

River Captain: Archie

G.I.M.P.: Finley and Sam

Snail Mail

Beware it may not get collected for a while... but if you want to send us some snail mail...

Canoe Club
Sport Swansea
Fulton House
Swansea University


If you'd like to email us, the address is

Historical Canoe Club Committee

Year President Secretary Treasurer River Capt Polo Capt Comp Sec Social Sec Welfare Officer Equipment
2019/2020 Lenny Elliot Nella Alf Mari Tim Will Beckie Daniel C
Year President Secretary Treasurer River Capt Polo Capt Polo Sec Social Secs Equipment Anti-Faff
2018/2019 Tom Ollie Hal Kieran Elliot Lauren Lenny & Vicky Daniel C Tim B
2017/2018 James Nick Lauren Matt Tim S Emma Adam & Toby Tim B Daniel L

The club saw significant growth in 2016 highlighting the need for restructuring the committee, the concept of core and non core positions was introduced, the core committee are to be involved in club management meetings while the non core positions help the core positions achieve their goals.

Year President Secretary Treasurer Social Sec Polo Sec River Sec Surf Sec Non Core Positions
2016/2017 Angie James Hugo Richard Harry Daniel Callan Social Technician: Callum
Equipment Manager: Ewan
Anti-Faff: Sam
Teapot Sec: Tom
Condom Manager: Will

In 2011 it was decided that to enable the club to grow some minor reshuffling was necessary and so the two captain position were replaced with President, Vice President and River Captain.

Year President Vice President River Capt Polo Capt Surf Capt Social Secs Treasurer Equipment
2015/2016 Tom James Ewan Callan Ed K Ellie & Angie Siwan Matt F
2014/2015 Mimi / Julian Luke Matt F Ed K & Gareth Ian Callum & Kealey Siwan Ellis & Norway
2013/2014 Jack Steve Ed B & Josh Jack & Gareth Manvir & Suzanne Polish Tom
2012/2013 Ollie Ed B Barney Roma & Fran Steve & Matt E Perry Wragg
2011/2012 Hannah Liam Tom Fran Polly & Callum Ed Dave
Year Captains Vice Captain Social Secretaries Polo Captain Equipment Manager
2010/2011 Ieuan & Adam S Adam G Geraint & Hannah Matt & Owain Kev
2009/2010 Matt & James Pat Lou & Al Ally Mark W
2008/2009 Andy & Mark W Pat Tanya & Si Kerri Craig
2007/2008 Rory & Tom Stu Lottie & Ben Gareth Craig
2006/2007 Dave & Gareth Mark H Emily & Liz Geraint Rich S
2005/2006 Simon & John Geraint Jo & Ally Mark H Nic
2004/2005 Geraint & Gemma Rob Ruth & Frodo - Mark B
2003/2004 Phil T & Ian Phil B Gill & Katie - -
2002/2003 Geoff & Suze ? ? ? ?
2001/2002 Geoff & Bex Doug ? ? ?
2000/2001 Jon W & Furry Tim Lex Skippy & Clare ? Doug
1999/2000 Tim & Nev Helen ?
1998/1999 Jago & Ceri Spanna & Penny ? ?

Past positions have included Polo Captain and more some alternative positions... Flathering Coordinator, Condom Manager, Pool Manager and other such random positions. If a Flathering Coordinator has been appointed he or she should ensure that no time is wasted on Canoe Club events, or, depending on how the position is interpreted, to ensure that any wasted time is managed efficiently! The condom manager should ensure that he/she is always able to produce a condom if asked at any time on a Canoe Club event. The Pool manager should ensure that members of the Canoe Club reach their destination quickly and safely at the end of Pool Sessions, the destination being the Pub.

The Canoe Club committee are usually elected at the annual Swansea University Canoe Club meal at the end of the academic year. The elections are performed by the current club captains, this generally involves a lot of drunken confusion followed by a night out in Swansea.