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Alistair Wilson

British Canoeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Alistair Wilson, a former sprint athlete who competed for Great Britain at the Olympics in 1964 and 1968.

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Alistair Wilson, who was 83, died on 19th November 2023, at his family home in Lendalfoot, Scotland.

He was not only a double Olympian, but also an adventurer, inventor and entrepreneur.

In his autobiography, Behind the Paddle, he explained how he developed his passion for paddling in the rough seas off the rocky coast of Lendalfoot.

He said those difficult conditions were perfect for building strength and endurance and led him to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, in 1964, and Mexico, in 1968.

Watch: The remarkable story of Alistair Wilson (The Scotsman)

In 1980, he went on a three-week self-sufficient kayak expedition of Alaska. There, he found himself kayaking among a pod of orcas.

The adventures continued, in 2001, when he and his son watched humpback whales feeding at close quarters.

Alistair was also the founder of Lendal Paddles, which developed from him designing his own paddles in the 1960s.

He leaves a wife Marianne who was also an Olympic sprinter and three children, Samantha, Stewart and Andrea.

Alistair's family have created a post on Facebook, where you can leave a tribute.