Etienne Stott first tried canoeing with the St. Andrews Scouts in Bedford when he was around 10 years old.
Over the next few years he became more enthusiastic until he joined his local canoe club, Viking Kayak Club, and started racing in 1992.
Etienne started training seriously around the age of 14, making the GB Junior team for the first time in 1995.
Etienne teamed up with Tim Baillie and switched over to Canoe Double category in 2004, after struggling with injuries.
They narrowly missed out on the Beijing Games in 2008, which was a devastating blow, but they decided to continue towards London 2012 after some tough thinking.
The London 2012 Olympic Games were Etienne and Tim’s first Olympics and winning the Gold Medal was both historic (the first ever in the sport of canoe slalom) and dramatic.
They narrowly beat their British rivals into the Silver medal position, helping Team GB climb up to an incredible 3rd in the medal table during what was arguably Britain’s best ever summer of sport.
As Etienne grew up, he got the chance to meet many of the best canoeists in the world, as Britain is one of the strongest nations in this sport.
He realised that top athletes weren’t super human, they just made different choices compared to many ‘normal’ people and worked extremely hard at what they did.
This inspired Etienne and he aims to explain to people that it is the choices they make and the journey that they go on that is the most important ingredient to success, rather than the what they are like before they start the journey.
Etienne helped in making an impact to young people’s lives and raising aspirations whilst working on the Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing his secret of what it takes to be the best you can be!