Chris Evans – Instructor

Mountain Biking & Paddlesports

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ABOUT

I work as an instructor specialising in paddlesports and mountain biking. What I love about Plas y Brenin is the learners we see through the door (I find people really interesting), the variety of work I get (everything from introduction to advanced-level skills courses, and leadership and coaching training and assessments), the staff (everyone’s always keen to go and do stuff in their spare time) and of course our amazing location!

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Performance Coaching

  • British Canoeing Level 5 White Water Kayak Coach

  • British Canoeing 5* Canoe Leader

  • British Canoeing 4* Sea Kayak Leader

  • British Canoeing Level 3 Canoe Coach

  • British Cycling Level 3 Mountain Bike Leader

I’m also qualified to train and assess a whole range of personal skills awards, leadership awards, and carry out coach training and assessments.

Achievements

I’ve been paddling since the age of 8 and have been lucky enough to paddle in some amazing places.

I’ve paddled in Norway, France, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Austria, Africa, America and New Zealand. I’ve competed in sprint, slalom, freestyle and extreme races, with my competitive highlights being placing on the GB freestyle squad twice.

I’ve been mountain biking all over the UK and in France, Andorra, Canada and New Zealand.

One of my more recent accomplishments is the completion of a diploma in performance coaching and linked in with this is the completion of the British Canoeing level four award. This is fairly big for me as academia was something I always felt challenging.

Ambitions

Future ambitions include completing a MSc in performance coaching (hopefully….) and lots of future biking and boating holidays. Oh yeah, I want to do loads more sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding too…. Too many things to do, not enough time……