British Canoeing has announced that Olympic gold medallist Dr Tim Brabants MBE is to join the World Class canoe sprint programme as Podium Technical Coach.
Tim made history at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games by winning Great Britain’s first ever gold medal in canoeing, with victory in the men's sprint kayak 1,000 metres.
One of the sport’s most decorated athletes, Tim also won two Olympic bronze medals at the Sydney and Beijing Games and was crowned World and European Champion.
As Podium Technical Coach Tim will provide assistance and expertise to Sprint Head Coach Rene Olsen in the development of the senior men’s and women’s Olympic kayak 200m and 500m squads.
As part of the recent recruitment process James Train has been promoted to the role of Podium Women’s Canoe Coach, to support the senior team on their plans for Tokyo 2020.
In 2017 James led a young and very talented women’s canoe squad to success in both under 23 and senior championships.
Rene Olsen, Canoe Sprint Head Coach at British Canoeing, said:
I am delighted to announce the appointments of Tim Brabants and James Train to join the senior coaching team for our World Class canoe sprint programme. Tim’s experience in high performance sport environments will be incredibly valuable in the development of our athletes. I feel it shows the strength of our team that we have been able to attract Tim to the role.– Rene Olsen, Canoe Sprint Head Coach
“James has over the last year been the driving force for taking our women’s canoe programme to a world class level. I’m looking forward to working closer together with him in our senior Olympic coaching team.
“I am confident that with these appointments we will strengthen the support we can provide to our athletes and put the programme in a stronger position for year 2 of our Tokyo Mission.”
Tim Brabants was appointed last year by British Canoeing as Chief Medical Officer, a role he combined with his medical career working in the emergency department at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. Tim will stand down from both posts in order to fully focus on his coaching role.
Speaking of his appointment Tim Brabants said:
I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work as part of a team of world class, experienced coaches and with highly motivated and talented athletes. I competed internationally for 20 years and now have the chance to use that experience to help develop our current athletes to compete to the highest level.– Tim Brabants
“I’m particularly looking forward to working with Rene Olsen and learning from his experience taking athletes to Olympic and World Championship success.”
A former senior international athlete who competed in C1 and C2, James Train has been part of the coaching team at British canoeing since 2015.
Speaking of his promotion James Train said:
I am really happy to be taking on the role of Podium Women’s Canoe Coach. Rene has been a positive influence since coming in as Head Coach and I look forward to working with him and the senior coaching team.– James Train
“My appointment is also recognition of the performances and achievements by the women’s squad this year, who have made great strides on the international stage. Our ambition is to keep this momentum going next year and onwards through to the Tokyo 2020 cycle.”
Tim Brabants and James Train will commence their new roles in January 2018.