Teenager Jess Paddling Her Way to Success

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Staffordshire teenager Jessica Magson has taken the first step in becoming a fully qualified canoeing coach – thanks to the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation.

Jessica Magson

17 year old Jess, from Stone, has achieved her Level 1 Certificate in Paddlesport with British Canoeing, the sport’s national governing body.

The teenager began canoeing with the Stafford and Stone club when she was 10 and rapidly gained promotion through the various national divisions. In 2013 she was invited by British Canoeing to join the British Canoeing Talent Programme and a year later linked up with the Foundation which has supported Jess with coaching and grant aid ever since.

Jess competed in over 30 slalom competitions during 2015 and, at the end of the season, was awarded the ‘highest ranking newcomer’ to division one in C1 women in the annual British Champions awards.

This summer, while representing British Canoeing in competition in Poland and the Czech Republic Jess achieved four 3rd places in under 18 women’s C1 competitions.

As well as success in canoeing Jess did well in her GCSE’s achieving one A*, four A’s and five B’s and is now going on to study 4 A levels at college.

She says: “I’m now coaching weekly at the Stafford and Stone club and I intend to carry on with my coaching qualifications in the New Year as I would like to be able to coach on the white water courses as well.

“Without the support of the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation I wouldn’t be at the level I am today. I really enjoy coaching. It’s great to be able to pass on the skills I have and to encourage local kids to try the sport. I am thrilled to be associated with the Foundation and to be a SSMCF coach.”

Foundation Patron Jean Gough said: “Jess is one of the Foundation’s great success stories. She clearly has a great future ahead of her in the sport and the Foundation is delighted to be able to help her achieve her dreams.”

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