The British Olympic Association’s announcement on April 25 that five slalom canoeists have been selected for Team GB takes the number of SportsAid athletes and alumni going to the London 2012 Olympics so far to 40 (out of 66), with four of the five canoeists being former recipients of SportsAid Awards.
The four SportsAid alumni selected for Team GB are:
David Florence (men’s C1 and C2 - pictured) who said, “Just to go to one Olympic Games is absolutely massive, and the aim since Beijing has been to compete again in London in two categories. So to know I have finally been selected for Team GB at a home Games makes all the hard work over the last four years worth it. The hype and excitement of a home Games is going to be amazing.”
David was supported by SportsAid in 2000.
Etienne Stott (men’s C2) who said, “I am absolutely delighted to be going to the Olympic Games as part of Team GB. It has been a long and incredible journey to get to this point, having had a year battling against a shoulder injury last year. I am delighted to have the opportunity to push myself even further and see just how far I can go.”
Etienne was supported by SportsAid in 1997.
Lizzie Neave (women’s K1) who said, “It is a dream come true for me and I know it is going to be such an amazing opportunity with my friends and family able to come and watch me race. I am also looking forward to being part of the wider Team GB which will be really special.”
Lizzie was supported by SportsAid in 2001.
Richard Hounslow (men’s K1 and C2 - pictured) who said, “I am really proud to be competing for Team GB at a home Olympics and it is something I have been working towards for a long time. The fact that I have been able to achieve my aim of doubling up in two categories with David Florence is a dream come true. The Olympics will be a whole new experience, the biggest event that I will ever compete in and I hope I can now pull it all together and get some great results.”
Richard was supported by SportsAid in 1999.
Photo: David Florence (front) and Richard Hounslow (back) of Great Britain in action during the Men's C2 Canoe Doubles at the 2011 Canoe Slalom London Invitational at Lee Valley White Water Centre (Action Images / Matthew Childs Livepic)