Born in Aberdeen, Tim had the opportunity to start canoeing at a young age because it was his parents favourite hobby.
By the age of 11 he was a member of the Scottish Junior training squad racing in the individual kayak (K1) category.
When he turned 18 Tim moved to Nottingham, ostensibly to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham, but his real motivation was to train at the National Water Sports Centre.
Tim raced in K1 until the age of 23 at which point he decided that a change was needed so he teamed up with Etienne Stott to race in the double canoe (C2) category.
Their initial goal was to compete for a medal at the Beijing Olympics but sadly this was not to be.
Despite being quick enough physically and technically at the crucial qualifying race they were the victim of their own nerves and completely failed to deal with the pressure.
This was a huge disappointment but once the dust had settled the prize of competing at a home Olympics in 2012 was too much of an opportunity to ignore.
Fast forward four years of hard work and determination with huge ups and equally huge downs and they were ultimately successful in winning the Gold Medal at London 2012.
Tim maintains that their biggest achievement was not necessarily the result but the fact that they managed to remain calm and race with an uninhibited mindset.
How they achieved this is something which he is very happy to discuss and share.
He’s visited many schools/youth groups and likes to emphasise that the athletes at the Olympics are not born “super-humans” but are just normal people who have made positive choices and worked very hard to achieve their goals.
He’s very passionate about sport, and in particular canoeing, but also recognises that the lessons he learned from sport can help young people in any endeavour they choose.
Tim 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!