Dynamic duo up for award

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A mother and daughter have been nominated for a national award after an epic adventure along England’s longest canal.

Addi Man and her eight-year-old daughter, Athina, raised more than £1,400 for The Jane Tomlinson Appeal when they travelled the length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in an inflatable kayak.

Now the pair from Horsforth have been put forward for the MacGregor Challenge Award in the British Canoeing 2016 Volunteer Recognition Awards.

The accolade for an ‘outstanding achievement’ which has inspired others marks the pioneering spirit of John MacGregor, a Scottish explorer and travel writer who is credited with making canoeing popular in the UK.

Addi, 36, said: “I was amazed how genuinely people wanted to be involved and this is still going on.”

The pair took seven days to complete the journey spanning almost 130 miles.

Cadi Lambert, Go Canoeing development officer, said: “The Go Canoeing Team were extremely impressed by Addi and Athina’s adventure. They planned and prepared it all themselves and they also refused to give up, despite terrible weather conditions on their journey. Not only did they show others a wonderful way to get out and have fun as a family, they also raised the profile of canoeing, with television stations, radio stations and newspapers all reporting on their adventure.

“This is no mean feat for an adult but for a child of eight years old to keep going, with a smile on her face, is quite remarkable.”

The Volunteer Recognition Awards, which provide national recognition for exceptional achievements in canoeing, will take place on November 19.