Alan Laws of Coningsby, vice-president of the British Canoeing Association, received an MBE in the New Year Honors List for his service to canoeing.
Mr Laws, a retired insurance broker, said it was a “great honour” to have his efforts recognized in this way and paid tribute to all those who have helped him over the years.
He said: “My real thanks go to the members of the Lincoln Canoe Club because that’s where it all started when I was a kid.
“The members of British Canoeing who forced the issue of the international marathon in 1976, David Green, Jim Rossiter and Colin Gray in particular, allowed me to participate in the development of this discipline with many years on the ICF Marathon Committee.
“This job gave me the means to meet so many good people all over the world, which really should have been enough thanks”,
Mr. Laws started paddling at the Lincoln Canoe Club in 1960 in Marathon and later in sprint competitions.
His first position with the British Canoeing Committee was with the Marathon Racing Committee (MRC) in 1969, where he was chairman for 28 years.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Alan was the Marathon GB team manager for many international events, and was also the main organizer of the first Marathon World Championships at Holme Pierrepont, near Nottingham, in 1988 .
Mr Laws also served on the International Canoe Federation‘s marathon committee for 34 years, stepping down in 2018.
During this time he oversaw the transformation of marathon racing internationally on five continents, including the introduction of World Cups and ICF World Championships.
Mr Laws is a former chairman of the British Canoeing Board and is currently chairman of the Sprint Racing Committee (SRC), as well as founder and trustee of the Royal Albert Dock Trust for watersports in the East End of London.