Dunfermline’s Katie Reid will make history next month after it was announced today that she has been selected to represent Team GB at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Katie will be the first female C1 canoe sprint paddler to represent Great Britain as the event makes its Olympic debut on the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo.
Already a talented athlete, Katie was an accomplished Scottish karate champion before transitioning to canoeing as part of the Girls 4 Gold training programme seven years ago with sights firmly set on Tokyo.
Katie earned her Canoe Sprint spot following notification from the International Canoe Federation that Great Britain would be allocated a quota place in the WC1 200m for the Tokyo Olympic Games, the place is reallocated following a countback from the 2019 Canoe Sprint World Championships in line with the ICF Olympic Qualification System.
“I am over the moon to be representing TeamGB at the Olympic Games. I can’t wait for the adventure. Now I am going, I can’t wait to go out there and give it my all,” she said.
It is a great honour to represent women’s canoe with it being the first time it has been in the Olympic Games. It is such a fast progressing sport, so it is really exciting to be part of that group taking it on for the first time and I am really grateful to be that person representing Team GB.– Katie Reid
“My coach James Train has put so much work in over the last few years and this is his spot as much as it is mine. We come as a team and a partnership. I can’t wait for him to see me race.
“I had a little taste of TeamGB in Minsk at the European Games in 2019 and I just can’t believe I get to represent Team GB at this level. You dream of it as a kid, and to be here right now I am very proud.”
Katie will join reigning Olympic Champion Liam Heath MBE who earned his spot on the team after winning gold at the 2019 World Championships as well Deborah Kerr and Emily Lewis who were selected last month.
Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director for British Canoeing, said:
“This news was unexpected but we are delighted to be able to nominate Katie Reid to Team GB for Tokyo.
“Katie and her coach James Train have worked so hard for the Games and after the disappointment of the qualification events in May, it will now be inspiring to see our first ever women’s canoe sprint athlete compete in the inaugural WC1 200m event at the Games.”