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Martin Tweedie

Martin Tweedie

Paracanoe - Podium

Martin is a back to back World Championship bronze medallist in the men's VL3 in 2016 and 2017.

Since securing a place on the British paracanoe squad, Martin quickly achieved some early successes winning gold medals at the European Championships in 2013 (his international debut )and 2014, where he also set a new world record. He also claimed a hard earned silver medal in the 2014 World Championships, what he describes as a career highlight to date.

Martin had trained hard at the gym and in the boxing ring before a motorbike accident led to the loss of his left leg. Once Martin had recovered from the accident and began to build up his strength again he attended a Paralympic potential camp and became involved in rowing and powerlifting. He was successful in both these sports, which then led to an opportunity to try out for paracanoe once it was announced to be included at the Paralympic Games for Rio 2016.


Date of Birth: 1973
Born: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Hometown: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Lives: Cheadle, Staffordshire
Occupation: Proprietor
Height / Weight: 1.81m / 82kg
Hobbies: Cycling, snowboarding


Class: Paracanoe - Men's V1 200m VL3
Paddling since: 2013
Club: Stoke Racers
Coach: Matthew Lawrence
Boat Manufacturer: Allwave Vanguard for V1, Plastex Para III for K1
Paddles Manufacturer: Viper for V1, Jantex for K1
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2019 Szeged:
VL3 200m - 9th
2017 Racice:
VL3 200m - 3rd
2016 Duisberg:
VL3 200m - 3rd
2015 Milan:
VL3 200m – 7th
VL3 200m – 3rd
2014 Moscow:
V1 LTA 200m – 2nd
V1 LTA 200m – 1st
2013 Duisburg:
V1 LTA 200m – 4th
V1 LTA 200m – 1st