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Bradley Forbes-Cryans

Bradley Forbes-Cryans

Slalom - Podium

Bradley Forbes-Cryans competed at his first Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020, finishing sixth amongst a stacked field in the men's K1. 

Bradley put down the run of his life at the World Championships in 2019, to finish just off the podium in fourth place and secure his Tokyo berth, beating some of the world’s biggest names in the process.

Forbes-Cryans started canoeing at CR Cats Canoe Club in Alva, Scotland, and becomes the fourth paddler from the club to represent Team GB, following in the footsteps of double Olympian Fiona Pennie, 2004 Olympic silver medallist Campbell Walsh and, C2 paddler Craig Brown from Atlanta 1996. 

He was also part of the BOA’s Olympic Ambitions programme at the Rio 2016 Games.  

2018 was Bradley's most successful season to date, qualifying for his first European Championships final where he came eighth and backed this up with ninth and fifth places in the finals of the first two World Cups.

The highlight of his season was winning a silver medal at the U23 World Championships in Ivrea, followed by a K1 Team gold medal at the World Championships in Rio with Joe Clarke and Chris Bowers.

In 2016 he won silver at World Cup 5 in Tacen which led to third place in the overall World Cup standings.

Bradley, who started canoeing when he was 10 years old, also likes to ski and lifts weights when he's not out on the water in his kayak.


Date of Birth: 1995
Born: Edinburgh
Hometown: Roslin, Midlothian
Lives: Waltham Abbey, Essex
Occupation: Athlete
Height / Weight: 1.80m / 76kg
Hobbies: Skiing, biking, cooking


Class: Canoe Slalom - Men's Kayak Single (K1)
Paddling since: 2005
Club: CR Cats
Coach: Richard Hounslow
Boat Manufacturer: Galasport Caipi Fins
Paddles Manufacturer: Galasport
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Potential Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2022 Liptovsky:
K1 - 23rd
K1 Team - 10th
CSLX - 15th
WC3 Tacen:
K1 14th
CSLX 9th

WC2 Krakow:
K1 19th
CSLX 11th

WC1 - Prague
K1- 15th
CSLX- 51st
2021 Tokyo:
K1 - 6th
K1 - 23rd
K1 - 21st
K1 Team - 3rd
2019 La Seu d'Urgell:
K1 - 4th
K1 Team - 9th
K1 - 17th
K1 Team - 7th
WC1 Lee Valley:
K1 - 17th

WC3 Tacen:
K1 - 5th

WC Final Prague:
K1 34th
2018 Rio:
K1 - 26th
K1 Team - 1st

World U23 Ivrea:
K1 - 2nd
K1 Team - 19th
K1 - 8th
K1 Team - 4th
WC1 Liptovsky:
K1 - 9th

WC2 Krakow:
K1 - 5th
WC3 Augsburg:
K1 - 12th
WC Final La Seu d'Urgell:
K1 - 17th
2017 Pau:
K1 - 28th
K1 Team - 11th

U23 Bratislava:
K1 - 5th
K1 Team - 11th

K1 - 24th, K1 Team - 6th
WC Final La Seu:
K1 - 17th

WC3 Markleeberg:
K1 - 24th

WC 2 Augsburg:
K1 - 31st

WC1 Prague:
K1 - 18th
2016 Jnr & U23 Krakow:
K1 U23 Team - 13th
K1 - 29th, K1 Team- 4th
WC1 Ivrea:
K1 - 6th

WC2 La Seu d'Urgell:
K1 - 25th

WC3 Pau:
K1 - 37th

WC4 Prague:
K1 - 14th

WC5 Tacen:
K1 - 2nd
2015 Lee Valley:
K1 - 18th,
K1 Team - 3rd

U23 Brazil:
K1 U23 - 18th,
K1 U23 Team - 5th
K1 - 17th,
K1 Team - 2nd
WC 1 Prague:
K1 - 15th,
K1 Team - 4th

WC 2 Krakow:
K1 - 20th

WC 3 Liptovsky:
K1 - 40th

WC 4 La Seu d’Urgell:
K1 - 30th

WC 5 Pau:
K1 - 20th, K1 Team - 2nd
2013 Jnr & U23 Liptovsky:
K1 Jnr - 4th, K1 Jnr Team - 10th
Jnr & U23 France:
K1 Jnr - 15th, K1 Jnr Team - 4th
2012 Jnr & U23 Wausau:
K1 Jnr - 14th, K1 Jnr Team - 13th
Jnr & U23 Solkan:
K1 Jun - 8th