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Daniel Atkins

Daniel Atkins

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2020 is Dan's first year on the performance programme. Having taken up the sport initially in 2014 after going down to his local club in Reading, Dan made the sport his own in 2016 when he made the decision to give up playing hockey full-time to focus on his paddling career.

The 18-year-old had an incredible year during the 2019 season, where he picked up the Junior World Championship K1 200m title in Pitesti, Romania after a fantastic race where he powered to gold. That result came two weeks after he triumphed in the same discipline at the Junior European Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. 

It wasn't just internationally where Dan shone, he also had an incredibly successful National Regatta in 2019, where the junior paddler took home six titles (including two senior) as well as two silver medals.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys trading stocks and is also exploring setting up his own business with a fellow paddler. 


Date of Birth: 20/04/2001
Born: Reading
Hometown: Reading
Lives: Reading
Occupation: Athlete
Height / Weight: 6ft 1/ 80kg
Hobbies: Trading Stocks


Class: K1 200m, K1 500m, K4 500m
Paddling since: 2014
Club: Reading
Coach: Paul Darby Dowman
Boat Manufacturer: Nelo
Paddles Manufacturer: Jantex
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Academy Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2022 World Cup 1 - Racice
K2 500m - 7th in heat

2021 U23 World Championships - Montemor O Velho -
K2 500m - 7th
K4 500m - 5th

Senior World Championships - Copenhagen-
K2 500m - 15th
K4 500m - 15th
2019 Junior World Championships, Pitesti - 1st Junior European Championships, Racice - 1st