Olympic Sprint medallist Jonny Schofield started in Wild Water Racing on Pennine rivers... and Yorkshire has a fine tradition of Wild Water Racing. Classics include the Wharfe and the Swale as well as Washburn races - which at one time routinely attracted hundreds of entrants!
Yorkshire born Robert Jefferies (from Pennine Canoe and Rowing Club) is a GB Team representative, and was part of the 2016 Under 23 Team success in Murau, Austria. He and others train in West Yorkshire as part of a regional squad (open to all Yorkshire boaters). Contact David Jefferies of Pennine CRC for details.
Ps. The 2016 GB Open was held at the Washburn: read about it here :)