Before trying out for the paracanoe squad, Rob Oliver had never been in a boat and, by his own admission, “could barely swim.” However, in spite of his lack of aquatic experience, he sufficiently impressed the British Canoeing coaches at at Talent ID session. Fast forward ten years and he is set to compete in his second Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Henshaw first realised her Paralympic dream as a 21-year-old at Beijing 2008 and then again at London 2012 and Rio 2016, winning a silver medal in London and a bronze in Rio. However, by Rio, she felt that her sporting career might be drawing to a close and her move to paracanoe has been a successful one.
After a year tainted by personal tragedy, Ian Marsden has had to learn to let go and focus on Tokyo. It is perhaps because of his experience across a number of sports that Marsden has been able to stay focused during his preparation for the postponed Paralympic Games.
‘Legend,’ ‘Oracle’ and ‘The Queen of Canoe’ are just some of the descriptions of Jeanette Chippington, MBE, given by her fellow canoeists. With 12 Paralympic medals in swimming, a KL1 gold in Rio 2016, as well as a boatload of international paracanoe championship medals, it is easy to see why.
The final day of action at the ECA Junior and Under 23 Canoe Slalom European Championships in Solkan, Slovenia saw British Canoeing take its medal tally to five for the event with the addition of a silver medal from Bethan Forrow.
Day three of the ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom European Championships in Solkan was an action packed day of competition for Great Britain's paddlers resulting in two podium finishes for the team.
There was medal success in the team events for Great Britain on day 2 of the 2021 ECA Junior & Under 23 Canoe Slalom European Championships in Solkan, Slovenia.
Eight British paddlers have qualified for the semi-finals of the individual kayak events, on day 1 of the 2021 ECA Junior & Under 23 Canoe Slalom European Championships in Solkan, Slovenia.
British Canoeing has today launched Paddle, Perform, Podium, an initiative looking for individuals with the belief and desire to join the Paracanoe Talent Pathway, with the aim of competing at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games and beyond.
The British Canoeing Slalom International Panel has released the following statement to provide an update for upcoming international competitions.
British Canoeing has announced today that Paul Ratcliffe will be stepping down as performance director of the Olympic and Paralympic programmes.