Jim was previously and has currently returned to the position of President of Canoe South Australia and is still an active member of the West Lakes Canoe Club where his contribution is greatly appreciated. He has an excellent working relationship with the South Australian Sports Institute and is very supportive of the Talent Search Kayak Program there. It is said that one of his most valued contributions to the sport and to the community is with his special skills in working with young people. He tries to be a great motivator and encourages and assist young people by providing opportunities for them to become involved in canoeing (both competitively and recreationally), to instil good social skills, and to achieve their personal best. Jim encourages their development and involvement in canoeing, both as competitors and officials and assists them by transporting them to and from events, both locally and interstate.
His experiences and contributions to the sport of canoeing include the following:
- Awarded Life Member of Australian Canoeing in 2005.
- Awarded Life Membership of Canoe SA in 1990.
- Involved in canoeing in 1976 when he gained his “proficiency award“.
- Has held many official roles at local, state and national regattas since 1976.
- Involved in state and national marathon and sprint racing regattas from the early 1980’s both as a competitor and official.
- Served on national discipline committees since the late 1980s.
- Involved in the joint management of the South Australian Sports Institute Canoe /Kayak Program since its inception in 1987 .
- Chairman of Canoe SA’s Sprint Race Committee in 1990.
- Chairman of the Australian Canoeing Sprint Committee in 1996 and remained in that position until early 2003
- Responsible for involving a broad range of both youth and adults in all aspects of the sport over many years.
- Was a technical official for Canoe Sprint at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
- A Member of the Australian Canoeing Sprint High Performance Commission in 2000 .
- Awarded Australian Canoeing’s Service to Canoeing Award in 2001.
- Chief starter for the World Masters Games in Nagambie Victoria.
- Recognised in 2003 by SASI at their annual awards presentation as the “2003 SASI Volunteer of the Year” for the enormous input he has provided to the program.
- Director of Australian Canoeing from 2006 – 2012.
Throughout his long association with canoeing, local, state and national, Jim has proven to be a most reliable enthusiastic volunteer, working tirelessly and without expecting any recognition.