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How we work

British Canoeing is dedicated to supporting the most talented athletes in the Olympic disciplines of Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint Racing and the Paralympic discipline Paracanoe to win medals at the highest level. Having consistently won Olympic medals since 2000, the sport gained its first ever Olympic Champion, Tim Brabants, in 2008. We followed this success with our best ever Olympic results, winning two Gold and two Silver Medals at the Rio Olympic Games 2016.  We also had great success in our Paralympic debut, winning three Gold and two Bronze Medals at the Rio Paralympic Games 2016.

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Our overall aim is to improve on our Rio 2016 performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

For the Tokyo cycle the British Canoeing Olympic and Paralympic programme will be based at two High Performance Centres.  The Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe programmes will be based at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham and the Canoe Slalom programme will be based at the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre in Hertfordshire.

We operate a no-compromise philosophy and deliver excellence through continuous improvement:

  • Our Vision: To be the No1 Olympic and Paralympic Canoeing Nation with quality and depth of excellence in all that we do.
  • Our Mission: To develop athletes to win medals at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.