2022 is Kurts Adams' first season on the World Class Programme after a number of years competing on the junior and U23 teams internationally.
The Stafford and Stone paddler was part of the U23 team during 2021 where he raced in the men's C1 event. Just two years previous, he made his international debut at the 2019 Junior & U23 European Championships in Liptovsky, before racing the World Championships in Krakow to finish 15th, a career highlight to date.
A strong showing from Kurts at the 2022 canoe slalom selection series earnt him a spot on the U23 men's C1 team for the upcoming season.
How did you get into paddling?
"By huge coincidence! Me and my brother went to a scuba diving lesson over the half-term holidays when we were 9 or 10 years old, and there were only two other kids there. Both members of the Stafford and Stone Canoe Club. After the scuba diving lesson, I and my brother were both invited to try canoe slalom, and the rest is history."
What do you love about the sport?
"I have to be totally honest with you all. What I love most about this sport is winning. There is no better feeling in the world than when you work so hard and sacrifice so much for a 90-second run, and it pays off."
Sporting highlight to date?
"It has to be finishing 15th at the World Championships. Obviously making the final would have been incredible, but to finish 15th at the World Championships really meant a lot to me, as somebody who comes from nothing, my family had sacrificed so much in order for me to get to where I am. Ultimately, I just want people to see that no matter where you come from, regardless of your circumstances you can achieve anything as long as you're willing to do whatever it takes."
Sporting ambitions in canoeing?
"The goal is to compete and hopefully come away with a medal at the Paris 2024 or Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games!"
Favourite course to compete at?
"Tacen for sure!"
Any other sports?
"When in the UK, my days are too busy to do anything else. However, when I go to Latvia for holidays in the winter, rallying is amazing!"
"My single mum is my idol. She is the person who taught me the "whatever it takes" mentality. No matter what happens, you must keep pushing forwards, and you can't let anything get in the way of what you're trying to achieve."
"Even if time was on my side, I'd still have nothing to waste, so I would say that my hobby is watching, studying, and reading about the most successful people in history."
|Date of Birth:||08/2002|
|Class:||Canoe Slalom - Men's Canoe Single (C1)|
|Club:||Stafford and Stone Canoe Club|
|Lottery Funding:||UK Sport Academy Programme|
|Year||Olympic Games||World Championships||European Championships||World Cups||National/Other|
U23 C1 - 14th
Jnr C1 - 15th
Jnr C1 team - 3rd
Jnr C1 - 13th
Jnr C1 team - 7th