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Etienne Stott

Etienne Stott was born in Manchester, but was brought up in Bedford. This is where he started canoeing with the Scouts, before joining his local canoe club where he became more involved with competitive slalom racing. He represented Great Britain at Junior and Under 23 level in Kayak single category. He teamed up with Tim Baillie after the 2004 season to race in Canoe Double (C2) category.

Tim and Etienne have won several medals at World and European level in the C2 team event, including Gold at the 2012 European Championships in Germany. They also won a Bronze medal as a crew at the European Championships in 2009. They have won the UK Championships 4 times.

Their greatest achievement to-date is winning the Gold Medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the first gold ever won by Great Britain in canoe slalom. To do this they beat the defending triple Olympic Champions the Slovak Hochschorner twins and just stayed ahead of the other British crew Florence/Hounslow, to make it an historic British one-two.  Their story took plenty of ups and downs as Etienne sustained a career threatening injury dislocating his shoulder just before London 2012.

Etienne is a fantastic speaker full of enthusiasm and passion for life. One of his most inspiring comments was that he hoped that the Olympics would not be his biggest achievement to date.  He is determined to help inspire other young paddlers to paddle in his footsteps.

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