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Canoe Slalom and Kayak Cross Programme Nominations for 2024

British Canoeing is pleased to announce the programme nominations for canoe slalom and kayak cross ahead of the 2024 season.

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A total of 22 athletes have been selected onto the British Canoeing Canoe Slalom and Kayak Cross World Class Programme for the 2024 season.

The upcoming season will include the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with the first four canoe slalom and kayak cross athletes already announced.

Canoe Slalom and Kayak Cross Performance Director, Mark Ratcliffe said:

“It’s great to announce 22 athletes nominated to the World Class Programme for 2024, and it represents a strong squad which is looking towards success in Paris next year, as well as looking ahead at developing athletes towards the next Games at L.A.2028.

2023 was a fantastic year, with success at every international competition at both senior and U23/junior level. This included a home World Championships at Lee Valley White Water Centre where we qualified maximum boat quota spots for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

– Mark Ratcliffe

“It’s been a thorough process to select the 22 athletes and there've been tough decisions to make during athlete reviews over the last month, but that’s reflective of the strong squad that has been announced onto the Programme for next year.”

The athletes who are nominated to UK Sport for 2024 World Class Programme places are:


Adam Burgess (Stafford & Stone)

Joseph Clarke (Stafford & Stone)

Mallory Franklin (Windsor & District)

Ryan Westley (Lower Wharfe)

Kimberley Woods (Rugby)


Christopher Bowers (Stafford & Stone)

Zoe Blythe-Shields (Lee Valley)

Etienne Chappell (Seren Dwr)

Jonny Dickson (CR Cats)

Bethan Forrow (Lee Valley)

Jonah Hanrahan (Independent)

Ben Haylett (Holme Pierrepont)

Arina Kontchakov (Lee Valley)

Lois Leaver (Edinburgh Schools)

Sam Leaver (Edinburgh Schools)

Peter Linksted (Falkirk & Stirling)

Edward McDonald (Holme Pierrepont)

Ellis Miller (Lee Valley)

Hannah Rhodes (Lee Valley)

Kurts Adams Rozentals (Stafford & Stone)

Nikita Setchell (Holme Pierrepont)

Phoebe Spicer (Lee Valley)

(All athlete bandings are made in line with the APA framework)


The nomination list of athletes for the Canoe Slalom World Class Programme is subject to Appeal and final ratification from UK Sport.  The British Canoeing appeal process can be found here. Please remember that any appeal must be submitted within 5 working days of the publication of this statement to the Director of Governance at: [email protected]

Any Appeal would be heard by three members of the British Canoeing Disciplinary and Appeal Panel Register (a current list is available here). If you object to any potential Panel members hearing your Appeal, please detail this in your Notice of Appeal as well as outlining the reasons for the objection.