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Afton Fitzhenry

Afton Fitzhenry

Sprint - Podium Potential

Afton joined the UK Sport funded Podium Potential Programme after completing a successful fast track Girls4Gold training programme.  Her best international results in 2018 were 3rd in the C1 200m and 4th in the C2 500m event at the Under 23 European Championships in Auronzo, Italy.

Afton was part of the Northern Ireland Sea Cadets and with them, she raced nationally. She was inspired to try out for the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland Performance Squad and after two years she was selected for the Girls 4 Gold team.  Afton is now living in Nottingham and training full time with the long term aim of selection for Tokyo 2020.


Date of Birth: 1995
Born: Huntingdon
Hometown: Lisburn, County Antrim
Lives: Nottingham
Occupation: Athlete
Height / Weight: 1.72m / 79kg
Hobbies: Skiing


Class: Canoe Sprint
Paddling since: 2014
Club: Canoe Association of Northern Ireland
Coach: James Train
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Potential Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2021 WC1 Szeged:
C2 500m - Semi-finals
2019 Szeged:
C1 500m - 11th
WC1 Poznan:
C1 500m - 6th
C1 200m - 15th

WC2 Duisburg:
C1 500m - 8th
C1 200m - 17th
2018 U23 Plovdiv:
C2 500m - 8th
C2 200m - 9th
C1 200m - 12th
U23 Auronzo:
C1 200m - 3rd
C2 200m - 4th
C2 500m - 6th
2017 U23 Racice:
C2 500m - 14th

U23 Pitesti:
C2 200m - 7th
C2 500m - 8th
U23 Euros Belgrade:
C2 200m - 4th
WC 2 Szeged:
C2 200m - 8th
C2 500m - 14th
2016 U23 Minsk:
C1 500m - 11th
C2 200m - 8th
U23 Plovdiv:
C1 U23 200m - 7th, C2 U23 200m - 5th
WC 1 Duisburg:
C2 W 500m - 6th