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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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High Performance Centres

The World Class Programme aims to provide the best possible Daily Training Environment to maximise the water time, coaching, competition, gym training, recovery, targeted performance support and operations towards helping athlete’s develop towards being the best they can. Within the resources available and investment principles agreed with UK Sport, British Canoeing operates two fully supported centralised WCP training environments through its HPC’s at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham (NWSC) for the Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe programmes and the Lee Valley White Water Centre (LVWWC) for Canoe Slalom. For Canoe Slalom athletes, the NWSC also provides Podium Potential transitional coaching support, the daily training environment for white water work and gym training plus emergency medical support. The rest of the support for podium potential athletes is through the LVWWC. Outside of the two HPC’s, the British Canoeing WCP also supports the Tim Brabants Centre at the Dorney Hub with WCP support for Liam Heath and Jeanette Chippington through to Tokyo.

Centralised Programme

This targeted investment approach enables British Canoeing to provide World Class facilities and World Class support services at these venues and the establishment of a GB team environment consisting of high professional standards with a strong and cohesive performance‐based culture. Whilst the centralised training model is the philosophy within the sport, we understand that it is not always possible for WCP athletes to relocate to the vicinity of a HPC due to studies, work and family commitments. British Canoeing is athlete centred in its approach to developing holistic athletes and WCP athletes may elect to opt out of the centralised programme on the understanding that the support services are accessed via the identified HPC and there is a long term transitional programme agreed with HC, Lead Podium Potential Coach, Performance Lifestyle Advisor and the athlete to work towards full engagement at the HPC.


To be the World Leading Olympic and Paralympic canoeing team, inspiring people to paddle.


The purpose of the World Class Programme is to support athletes to be the best they can be with the aspiration of winning Olympic and Paralympic medals.


1. To win a minimum of two Olympic and five Paralympic medals in Tokyo 2020

2. To build a strong development team capable of winning more medals in Paris 2024



These are British Canoeing’s 6 values which the performance programme athletes and staff live by on a day to day basis;

Every person matters

Striving for excellence

Always with integrity

Enjoying the journey

Individually committed

Stronger together

These Values define how we go about our business throughout British Canoeing, applying equally to athletes, coaches, staff, committee members and volunteers.

We want to inspire individuals to be the best they can be and this starts by putting our elite athlete’s right at the heart of everything we do.

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

Dave Pmont

Dave Phillipson

Joe Crio

Joe Clarke

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Katie Reid and Chloe Bracewell

Liam Heath World Champ 2017

Liam Heath