Club Trustees

Kingfisher Canoe Club is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Charity Registration Number 1170349). Biographies of the club trustees are below.

Club Chair – Tim Wilkes

My kayaking story started as I bobbed around Loch Goilhead in Scotland with the Scouts and since then has included trips to all sorts of places for all sorts of paddles. Whilst I generally prefer to stay the right way up if possible, I also believe that no matter what level you are, if you are not occasionally upside down (or as happens to everyone at some point, being rescued from a swim) then you are not really making the most of the challenge, fun and camaraderie that kayaking, canoeing and SUPing offers!

Secretary – Penny Sansom- secretary@kingfishercanoeclub.co.uk

I first started paddling with Kingfisher in 2017 having come along to a taster session. In that first session (and many others after) I regularly went round in circles, but with perseverance and patience from leaders and coaches I slowly learnt to control my boat!  I now love both kayaking and SUP and sharing my love of both with beginners.

Treasurer – Mark Walker – treasurer@kingfishercanoeclub.co.uk

I’ve been kayaking in one way or another since the late 90’s when I was a scout, but it wasn’t until 2019 that I took the sport more seriously. I really ‘caught the bug’ that year and was going to Hurley weir on a regular basis, as well as weeknight paddles in Abingdon. Then in March 2020 the world changed completely, and lockdown threatened to send me back into the kayaking wilderness. But this didn’t happen, I carried on through uncertainty and in 2021 I felt like for the first time in my life I’d settled into the sport. Later that year, not long after the birth of my daughter, I became the treasurer for the club.

Adult Development Officer – Louise Royle

I joined KCC in 1983, capsized and came up smiling! Since then, I have been a very active committee member and coach. Primarily a white-water kayaker who paddled in UK and abroad, I discovered white water SUP in 2016 and now spend most of my time trying to stand up or finding new ways to fall in. I am a team paddler for Tambo SUP (Czech) so get to paddle with some top international SUP paddlers.  I enjoy helping folk discover what they can achieve through paddlesports: from sheltered water touring to challenging white water. Both of my children learnt to paddle with KCC and continue to excel at paddling and coaching, I am now working on getting the grandkids trained! 

Youth Development Officer – David Surman

I have been paddling now for over 40 years…and that`s discounting a few years  paddling an old canvas kayak around the age of 11.

Interest was reawakened years later on an outdoor course in Scotland. My main interest is in whitewater kayaking which has seen me paddle whitewater rivers all over the world and taken me to some amazing places, make great friends and given me some great stories.

As well as my personal paddling, I have spent 30 years working with young people and developing their kayaking experiences, first as Chairman of Pathfinders Youth Canoe Club and then as Youth Development Officer for Kingfisher. This continues to be a hugely enjoyable experience. The enthusiasm and positivity of the young people and parents is what keeps me going as age creeps on !! I am a BCU Level 4 Kayak Coach.