Western Australian Andrew Crothers received the 2020 Paddle Australia Club Coach of the Year award for his work at Bayswater Paddlesports Club. Crothers created a team focussed squad environment, coaching his paddlers across canoe marathon, whitewater, and canoe sprint events as well as conducting talent identification and development, while increasing the squad size significantly. His development squad was also well represented at the national canoe sprint titles with four athletes making the Paddle Australia Junior as well as the National Talent Development Olympic Hopes and Asia Pacific Sprint Teams.
“Working with the athletes, helping them and seeing them improve is the most rewarding part of coaching. I hope to continue helping athletes and growing the sport of paddling in WA and to help out where I can,” Crothers said after receiving the Paddle Australia Award.