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Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young

Paracanoe - Podium

Jonny is the 2017 World Champion in the VL3 200m and also won bronze in the KL3 200m. 

In his first full season of racing in 2014 he won silver medals at the European and World Championships. However once the Paralympic boat classes were selected, he switched from Va'a to Kayak. This is a huge technical challenge and he has made great progress in a short time to finish 8th at the 2016 World Championships. Jonny finished second at the British Canoeing Paralympic selection trials to just miss out on selection for Rio 2016.

Before sustaining a spinal injury Jonathan was a multi-activity instructor, including kayak, canoeing, climbing and skiing. He even cycled across North America to raise money for charity.

While at Stoke Mandeville, he took part in the Inter Spinal Unit Games competing in every sport available to him. He recognised the importance of sport in his rehabilitation, so when he was discharged he looked to do sport full time. He attended a talent ID weekend for Paracanoe and was soon training full time for British Canoeing.

Being able to commit to the sport full time bore great results, not only measured in racing success but also in improvements with his mobility; initially he was mostly in a wheelchair, but now he uses only an ankle support and stick.


Date of Birth: 08/08/1984
Born: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Hometown: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lives: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Occupation: Athlete
Height / Weight: 1.98m / 85kg
Hobbies: Before my injury cycling, climbing, running, paddling, skiing, snowboarding and enjoying the outdoors. Since starting paddling eating and sleeping!


Class: Paracanoe - Men’s K1 200m KL3 & V1 200m VL3
Disability: Spinal Cord Injury (T12 Incomplete)
Paddling since: 1993 but Paracanoe since 2013
Club: Independent
Coach: Matt Lawrence
Boat Manufacturer: Allwave
Paddles Manufacturer: Galasport
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Potential Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2018 Belgrade:
K1 200m KL3 - 6th
WC1 Szeged:
K1 200m KL3 200 - 5th
2017 Racice:
VL3 200m - 1st
KL3 200m - 3rd
KL3 200m - 5th
VL3 200m - 1st
2016 Duisburg:
K1 200m KL3 - 8th
Nottingham: K1 200m KL3 - 2nd
2015 Milan:
V1 200m VL3 – 2nd
WC 2 Duisburg:
K1 200m KL3 - 9th
2014 Moscow:
V1 200m TA – 2nd
V1 200m TA – 2nd