Mark Heggie: Executive Officer
Mark has a business background, owning and running a business in the fields of Design and Production and Fashion (wholesale and retail) where he has worked with a number of different corporate businesses and government sectors, from local government through to the Prime Minister’s department. Mark has held board positions on Craft Victoria and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery as well as various positions on canoeing club committees. His work with these groups included funding applications, experience dealing with local and state government procedures and finance management.
Mark has a passion for canoeing and was first introduced to the world of paddling at the age of 12. His family were involved in the emergence of sprint canoeing in Victoria and Mark was a member of the first Australian Junior Sprint Team to represent Australia at the World Championships. The experience leading and instructing sea kayakers allowed Mark to paddle on a multitude of waterways across the state. Mark has paddled with and served on the committee of multiple canoe clubs across Victoria and has experience in both the competitive and recreational sides of paddling. His enthusiasm for the sport is clear and Mark is still an active contributor to the community today, participating as a coach and volunteer for his current club. He has seen firsthand how canoeing can play a positive role in enhancing people’s lives and intends to encourage as many people as possible to experience the variety of paddling opportunities Victoria has to offer.
Mark is looking forward to taking on the challenge of the role, saying that “capturing, inspiring and retaining participation from junior years to lifelong participation will be my quest and there are many good people in the paddling community that will help make it happen.”