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Adam Burgess

Adam Burgess

Slalom - Podium

Adam Burgess took on his first Olympic Games as part of TeamGB at Tokyo 2020, competing in the men's C1 and producing a stunning run to take a narrow 4th place finish on his debut.

2023 saw some impressive consistency as he reached three consecutive finals in the Men's C1, narrowly missing the podium on a few occasions, as well as two team medals including silver at the World Championships.

Great Britain’s first ever C1 U23 World Champion in 2015, Burgess has been growing in stature over the last few years, becoming the 2018 European Championships silver medallist and a World Cup silver medallist on his home course of Lee Valley in 2019, as well as more recently winning bronze at the 2022 Krakow World Cup.

2018 was also a good year for Adam, winning silver at the European Championships in Prague. He was a regular finalist in the World Cup series and at the World Championships in Rio, he won bronze in the men's C1 Team event with teammates David Florence and Ryan Westley.

In 2017 Adam won his first World Cup medal, taking bronze at World Cup 3 in Markkleeberg, Germany.

Adam had a fantastic 2015 season becoming Great Britain’s first ever U23 World Champion in C1 and was a finalist at the senior World Championships.

Introduced to the sport through the Scouts, Burgess also enjoyed his first exposure to Team GB as part of Team GB’s Ambition Programme for London 2012.

Adam is the tenth member of Stafford and Stone Canoe Club to be selected to represent Great Britain at an Olympic Games, continuing the club legacy.


Date of Birth: 1992
Born: Stoke-on-Trent
Hometown: Stone, Staffordshire
Lives: Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
Occupation: Athlete
Height / Weight: 1.80m / 70kg
Hobbies: Yoga, playing guitar and piano, speciality coffee, books and writing


Class: Canoe Slalom - Men's Canoe Single (C1)
Paddling since: 2003
Club: Stafford & Stone Canoe Club
Coach: Craig Morris
Boat Manufacturer: Galasport
Paddles Manufacturer: Galasport
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Potential Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2023 Lee Valley:
C1 - 5th
C1 Team - SILVER
European Games - Krakow:
C1 - 7th
C1 Team - Bronze

WC4 La Seu:
C1 - 8th

WC3 Tacen:
C1 - 5th

WC2 Prague:
C1 - 8th

WC1 Augsburg:
C1 - 15th
2022 Augsburg:
C1 - 8th
C1 Team - 12th
C1 - 15th
C1 Team 8th
WC4 Pau:
C1 - 9th

WC3 Tacen:
C1 - 9th

WC2 Krakow:

WC1 Prague
C1 - 20th

2021 Tokyo:
C1 - 4th
C1 - 8th
C1 Team - 10th
C1 - 12th
WC 4 Le Seu
C1 - 19th

WC2 Markkleeberg
C1 - 37th

WC1 Prague
C1 - 9th
2019 La Seu d'Urgell:
C1 - 22nd
C1 Team - 7th
C1 - 5th
C1 Team - 10th
WC1 Lee Valley:
C1 - 2nd

WC Final Prague:
C1 - 6th
2018 Rio:
C1 - 17th
C1 Team - 3rd
C1 - 2nd
C1 Team - 4th
WC1 Liptovsky:
C1 30th

WC2 Krakow:
C1 - 8th

WC3 Augsberg:
C1 - 7th

WC Final La Seu d'Urgell
C1 - 15th
2017 Pau:
C1 - 14th
C1 Team - 2nd
C1 - 16th
C1 Team - 7th
WC Final La Seu: C1 - 29th
WC3 Markkleeberg:
C1 - 3rd
WC 2 Augsburg:
C1 - 24th
WC1 Prague: C1 - 50th
2016 Not held in Olympic year Liptovsky:
C1 - 32nd
C1 Team- 3rd
WC1 Ivrea:
C1 - 16th

WC2 La Seu:
C1 - 9th

WC3 Pau:
C1 - 6th

WC4 Prague:
C1 - 5th

WC5 Tacen:
C1 - 4th
2015 Lee Valley:
C1 – 9th,
C1 Team – 6th
C2 – 20th,
C2 Team – 3rd

Jnr & U23 Brazil:
C1 U23 - 1st,
C1 U23 Team – 2nd
C1 - 29th,
C1 Team - 3rd,
C2 - 17th,
C2 Team - 6th
WC 1 Prague:
C1 - 20th, C1 Team - 2nd, C2 - 25th

WC 4 La Seu D’ Urgell:
C1 - 20th, C2 - 23rd

WC 5 Pau:
C1 -15th
C1 Team 3rd
C2 - 25th
C2 Team – 1st
2014 Deep Creek:
C2 - 11th,
C2 Team - 9th

Jnr & U23 Penrith:
C1 – 9th,
C1 Team – 4th
C2 - 15th,
C2 Team - 6th
WC 1 Lee Valley:
C2 - 19th,
C2 Team -1st

WC 3 Prague:
C1 - 34th,
C1 Team - 3rd,
C2 - 12th

WC 4 La Seu d’Urgell:
C1 -21st,
C2 – 14th

WC 5 Augsburg:
C2 - 12th
2013 Prague:
C2 – 21st,
C2 Team – 3rd
C2 - 22nd
WC 1 Cardiff:
C2 – 10th,
C2 Team – 2nd
2012 London:
Jnr & U23 Wausau:
C1 Jun Team – 4th,
C2 U23 – 11th,
C2 U23 Team – 2nd,
C1 U23 – 5th,
C1 U23 Team – 4th
C2 Team – 1st,
C2 – 19th
WC 1 Cardiff:
C2 - 20th

WC 2 Pau:
C2 - 20th

WC 4 Prague:
C1 – 4th,
C2 – 7th
2011 Jnr & U23 Banjaluka:
C1 U23 – 12th
2010 Jnr & U23 Foix:
C1 Jun – 6th,
C1 Jun Team – 1st