I like most people started on a come and try session in the summer of 1986! The club had been going for only a few years and it was very different to how it looks now. I first raced for Great Britain in 1988 in Hong Kong and raced for GB almost every year after that for a decade or so. I was very fortunate to be competing and medalling internationally as a Junior in Sprint and Marathon and as a Senior in Marathon, and later in other paddle sports winning medals at European and World Championship level.
Highlights: Unfortunately in my time we didn’t have a junior Marathon World championships and the Worlds was every two years, in between we had the World Cup where I came 2nd in the Junior Mens K1, unfortunately that doesn’t get you on the board!! I medalled in two World cups as a Junior and as a Senior and won the Paddling challenge and completed DW twice and the Presidents cup – a 140mile K4 race!
I have also coached athletes from beginners to World & European championships as well as putting over forty coaches through the British Canoeing Discipline specific Race coach course and assessed nearly a dozen or so. This year I’ll become a mentor for the new BC Performance coach qualification.
I’m the BC Talent club partnership lead within Elmbridge CC, and I work independently with other TCP clubs doing outreach work and coach development. I have run national squad development weekends with the marathon JDS and run regional training days & camps. You’ll find me at the club at 6:30am to 8pm coaching anyone who really wants to achieve the most they can.
For me the coaching I do has to be fun, worthwhile and everyone comes away with having learned something and with something to work on or towards. I was very fortunate to train and compete with the world’s best for years and I want to share those life changing opportunities with another generation. Plus, you can’t beat being out on the water with the sun on your back sitting in the V!
British Canoeing Coach Award Tutors and Assessors
British Canoeing (UKCC) Level 2 Coaching Award August 2016
Performance coach mentor
Paddlesafe online child protection course
British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
Emergency First Aid at Work valid until April 2022
As a junior I achieved: Gold Grand Prix Amsterdam in 90 – K2, Silver Grand Prix London in 91 – K1, Silver World Cup Berlin in 91 – K1, Mechlin 5K K2 in 91.
As a senior I achieved: Bronze Grand Prix Gyor Hungary in 94 – K2, Bronze Grand Prix Brisbane in 95 – K4, Silver Grand Prix Belgium in 96 – K2, Europeans in Italy 97 – K2 –Retired
1st Royal Paddling challenge: The oldest canoe race in the world
2nd & 3rd DW 126 miles nonstop! 4th Presidents cup K4 140 miles!
Other Sports: Dragon Boat: Silver 500m Europeans in 2006 Prague,
Silver 1000m, Bronze 500m, Bronze 200m World championships in 2007 Sydney
4th 2000m World championships in 2009 Czech British captain
National Double Oceanski champion 2010-13, Oceanski World Championships 2013
Finally, “Retired” from international racing after 25years