DORNEY, June 16, 2012 - Olympic K1 Canoeing Champion Tim Brabants has put his
medical career on hold as he bids to retain his title in London but he has
admitted he still relishes the day to
day drama of life as a doctor.
do miss the medical career. It is frustrating that I am an older doctor
with younger seniors. I am a lot further down than colleagues who I started with,
but they have not been to the Olympics. I would not change what I have done for
will be Brabant’s fourth Olympic Games. With a gold and two bronze medals, he
is Britain’s most decorated canoeist. Each time he’s competed, he’s taken a
break from the sport to resume his medical career.For the road to London, he
decided to put medicine on hold again back in 2010.
have gained a lot in terms of experience through sport that is useful in the
medical environment , you learn how to deal with pressure and stress , being
part of the team communicating - all
useful skills, it is not time lost”.
Walker was only 18 when made her Olympic debut in Beijing. She had the unusual
experience of competing in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival as an Olympian
where she won silver and bronze.
Beijing I was a very small fish in a big pond but at the Youth Games I went to
being a bigger fish.” She said.
21 she is still the youngest of the Olympic squad but her experience makes her a
senior member of the Quadruple Kayak crew.
sets out a really good rhythm , she can feel if we are early or late.”said crew
mate Louisa Sawers. Rachel Cawthorn and Angela Hannah complete the K4.
will also compete in the new 200m events. World Champion Ed McKeever also takes
his place in the kayak whilst and
Richard Jefferies races the shorter
distance in the C1. Britain are also represented by 2010 European Champions
Liam Heath and Jon Schofield.