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Ryan Westley

Ryan Westley

Slalom - Podium

Ryan Westley is a men’s C1 slalom canoeist and 2019 is his sixth season on the British senior team.

At the opening World Cup at Lee Valley Ryan won bronze in the men's C1.

Ryan had his best season ever in 2018, becoming the men's C1 European Champion in Prague. He competed in the final of all four World Cups, demonstrating great consistency at the highest level and won bronze in World Cup 1 in Liptovsky. He then topped off a great season, impressively winning C1 silver at the World Championships in Rio and C1 Team bronze.

In 2015 Ryan won his first individual senior medal – C1 bronze, at the World Championships on his home course at Lee Valley and in 2016 he became the U23 European Champion in C1.

Ryan completed two years of a Sports Science and Management degree at Nottingham Trent University before moving down to Lee Valley to train full-time.


Date of Birth: 1993
Born: Exeter
Hometown: Merriott, Somerset
Lives: Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
Occupation: Athlete
Height / Weight: 1.81m / 79kg
Hobbies: Xbox, skiing, hillwalking, photography


Class: Canoe Slalom - Men's Canoe Single (C1)
Paddling since: 1996
Club: Lower Wharfe
Coach: Mark Ratcliffe
Boat Manufacturer: Vajda Martikan
Paddles Manufacturer: Vajda Martikan
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2022 Liptovsky:
C1 11th
C1 team 8th
WC3 Tacen:
C1 20th

WC2 Krakow:
C1 7th

WC1 Prague:
C1 14th
2019 La Seu d'Urgell:
C1 - 14th
C1 Team - 7th
C1 - 8th
C1 Team - 10th
WC1 Lee Valley:
C1 - 3rd

WC Final Prague:
C1 - 15th
2018 Rio:
C1 - 2nd
C1 Team - 3rd
C1 - 1st
C1 Team - 4th
WC1 Liptovsky:
C1 - 3rd

WC2 Krakow:
C1 - 6th

WC3 Augsberg:
C1 - 6th

World Cup Final La Seu d'Urgell:
C1 - 5th
2017 Pau:
C1 - 23rd
C1 Team - 2nd
C1 - 20th, C1 Team - 7th
WC Final La Seu d'Urgell:
C1 - 5th

WC3 Markkleeberg:
C1 - 7th

WC 2 Augsburg:
C1 - 30th

WC1 Prague:
C1 - 10th
2016 U23 Krakow:
C1 Team U23 - 2nd
C1 - 16th,
C1 Team- 3rd
U23 Solkan: C1 - 1st
WC1 Ivrea:
C1 - 17th

WC2 La Seu d'Urgell:
C1 - 27th

WC3 Pau:
C1 - 33rd

WC4 Prague:
C1 - 2nd

WC5 Tacen:
C1 - 11th
2015 Lee Valley:
C1 - 3rd,
C1 Team - 6th
C1 - 23rd,
C1 Team - 3rd
WC1 Prague:
C1 - 11th,
C1 Team - 2nd

WC2 Krakow:
C1 - 9th,
C2 - 7th

WC3 Liptovsky:
C1 - 29th

WC4 La Seu d’Urgell:
C1 - 16th

WC5 Pau:
C1 - 29th
2014 Deep Creek:
C1 - 20th,
C1 Team - 7th

U23 Penrith:
C1 - 6th
C1 - 10th,
C1 Team - 8th

U23 Macedonia:
C1 - 5th, C2 - 5th
WC1 Lee Valley:
C1 - 27th,
C1 Team - 1st,
C2 - 11th

WC5 Augsburg:
C1 - 20th,
C1 Team - 9th,
C2 - 13th
2013 U23 Liptovsky:
C1 - 21st,
C1 Team - 7th
U23 France:
C1 - 13th,
C1 Team - 6th
WC2 Augsburg:
C1 - 29th

WC5 Bratislava:
C1 - 24th,
C1 Team - 11th
2012 WC5 Bratislava:
C1 - 26th