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Olympic gold medallist inspires young sports enthusiasts

17 June 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Canoeist Tim Baillie visits UCLan

An Olympic gold medallist has visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to inspire sporting youngsters through his story of success.

Slalom canoeist Tim Baillie won gold in the London 2012 Olympic Games with his partner Etienne Stott in the C2 event as well as winning two bronze medals at the 2009 and 2011 World Champions and gold at the 2009 European Championships.

Over 100 local college and sixth form pupils visited UCLan to meet Tim and hear his story as part of a sport enhancement day run by the School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors.

"Today I’ve shared my journey through elite sport and hopefully inspired the students by showing that hard work and dedication does pay off.”

Tim commented: “Winning gold at London 2012 was the culmination of a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears and it was of course the highlight of my career. Today I’ve shared my journey through elite sport and hopefully inspired the students by showing that hard work and dedication does pay off.”

As part of the event the school and college pupils also learned more about the psychology of performance, the mechanics of athlete power, rehabilitation, match analysis and event management. They also tried their hands at rock climbing as part of a practical session.

Dr Steve Atkins, principal lecturer in sport, exercise and nutritional sciences, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Tim to the University to share his inspirational story with the next generation of sports men and women. They’ve also been given a taste of the wide range of careers available that support sports development from grass root to elite level.”

Tim Baillie