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We are a competitive sports club and have a high reputation for providing members for the British Marathon, Sprint and Olympic teams. At the same time we are known for our work with children and have trained some very successful Junior World Champions.

Elmbridge has sent paddlers and coaches to the Olympic Games since the club began, in fact, Tim Brabants, Gold medal winner in Beijing, started his canoeing career as a ten-year-old at Elmbridge.

Elmbridge’s real strength is producing marathon canoeists. Internationally, Ivan Lawler is Britain’s most successful canoeist ever, having won his sixth World Championship title in Gyor in Hungary in 1999. He was subsequently made an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list in 1999. At the same championships Anna Hemmings won the women’s K1 title, the first British woman to do so. Anna has since won more K1 titles and a K2 title with Helen Gilby, an Elmbridge team mate. Anna was honoured in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list.

Ben Brown was Junior World Champion in 2003, World Silver Medalist in 2009 and the 2010 Marathon World Champion. Louisa Sawers was Double World Champion in 2006 (K1 and K2) and Edward Rutherford also Double World Champion 2008 (K1 and K2).

Nationally, despite elite performers often being out of the country on National Squad duty, the club is equally successful. The years 2000 and 2001 were the club’s most successful, when all three national club trophies were won – the Spanish House, for the top club at the National Marathon Championships, the Hasler Trophy for the winner of the national Hasler event and the sprint club trophy, the MacGregor Paddle.

The club has an enviable record in the Hasler trophy final, which relies on a regular commitment from members of all sections of the club.

It follows, therefore, that racing is an important feature of the club and we encourage all members to participate in as many different events as possible.