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Rachel Cawthorn

Rachel Cawthorn

Sprint - Podium

Rachel Cawthorn is a 2 x Olympian women's K1, K2 and K4 sprint kayaker competing over several different distances. She is a long standing member of the British senior team and has represented Team GB at both Rio 2016 and London 2012. 2017 saw Rachel take two bronze medals in the K1 1000m, the first in the European Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The second brozne medal was at the World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. In 2010 Rachel became the K1 1000m European champion and went on to become Britain’s first woman to medal at both the European and World Championship, where she won bronze in the Olympic distance of 500m.

Rachel was introduced to sprint kayaking when she was 15, through a talent identification scheme run by British Canoeing. She loved it straight away and was one of eight selected from 1000. 


Date of Birth: 03-11-1988
Born: Guildford, Surrey
Hometown: Guildford, Surrey
Lives: Nottingham
Occupation: Athlete
Height / Weight: 1.76m / 67kg
Hobbies: Exploring the great outdoors, pottering in the garden and keeping chickens.


Class: Canoe Sprint - K1 500m, K4 500m , K1 1000m
Olympics: London 2012, Rio 2016
Paddling since: 2004
Club: Wey Kayak Club
Coach: Kristina Medovcikova
Boat Manufacturer: Nelo Vanquish Quattro
Paddles Manufacturer: Jantex Gamma Mediums
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Potential Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2018 WC1 Szeged:
K1 200m - 17th

WC2 Duisburg:
K4 500m - 7th
2017 Racice:
K1 1000m - 3rd
K1 1000m - 3rd
2016 Rio:
K1 500m - 15th
K4 500m - 7th
K1 500m - 9th
K4 500m - 4th
WC1 Duisburg:
K4 500m- 4th

WC2 Racice:
K1 500m- 4th
2015 Milan:
K1 500m – 8th, K4 500m – 5th
K1 200m – 9th, K1 500m – 8th
WC 2 Duisberg:
K1 200m – 8th, K1 500m – 4th, K4 200m – 3rd
WC 3 Copenhagen:
K1 500m – 2nd
2014 Moscow:
K4 500m – 7th, K2 500m – 8th, K1 200m Relay – 5th
K2 500m - 6th
WC 2 Racice:
K2 200m – 3rd, K4 500m - 4th, K1 500m - 7th
WC 3 Szeged:
K2 500m - 1st, K4 500m -3rd
2013 Duisburg:
K1 500m - 5th; K1 200m - 12th
K1 500m – 6th, K1 200m – 9th
WC 1 Szeged:
K1 1000m - 4th, K1 500m - 16th
WC 2 Racice:
K1 200m – 7th, K1 500m – 5th
2012 London:
K1 500m - 6th , K4 500m - 5th
K4 500m - 4th, K1 500m - 4th
WC 1 Poznan:
K1 500m - 9th, K1 200m - 16th
WC 2 Duisburg:
K1 500m - 19th, K4 500m - 5th
2011 Szeged:
K4 500m - 4th
K1 500m - 9th
WC 1 Poznan:
K1 500m - 3rd
WC 2 Poznan:
K1 500m - 1st
WC 3 Duisburg:
K1 500m - 5th, K1 200m Relay - 5th
2010 Poznan:
K1 500m - 3rd, K1 1000m - 4th, K4 500m - 5th, K1 200m Relay - 6th
K1 1000m – 1st, K1 500m – 3rd
WC 3 Duisburg:
K1 1000m – 1st, K1 500m – 1st, K1 200m – 3rd
2009 Dartmouth:
K1 1000m - 4th, K4 200m 4th, K4 500m 5th
K1 500m – 3rd, K4 500m – 5th, K4 200m – 3rd
WC 2 Poznan:
K1 1000m – 1st, K1 500m – 2nd
WC 3 Szeged:
K1 500m – 7th, K4 500m – 6th
2007 Duisburg:
K4 500m – 14th, K4 1000m – 7th
K4 500m - 10th, K4 1000m 9th
WC 1 Zagreb:
K4 500m – 11th
WC 2 Szeged:
K4 500m – 14th