Olympic hopeful Alastair promoted to canoe against Britain’s best

British national champion Alastair Paterson canoeing

Canoeist Alastair Paterson is a British national champion after finishing as the highest C1 point-scorer in the canoe slalom first division, and has since been promoted to race among Olympic-class paddlers in the premier division.

In the first division Sixth Former Alastair competed against all age groups in events across Britain, and his outstanding performances throughout the year mean that he’s since been promoted to the country’s very top league.

Alastair’s first race as a premier division canoeist was on the Olympic-standard Lee Valley course used at London 2012. David Florence and Richard Hounslow, who won silver for Team GB in the men’s double on the same course, are among the world-class standard of canoeists Alastair will now regularly compete against.

His opponents’ Olympic achievements are something Alastair would like to emulate as he’s aiming to qualify to represent Team GB in future Games in 2016 and 2020.

As well as balancing his sporting achievements with his academic commitments, Alastair still finds the time to pass on his expertise to younger children at Stockport Grammar by helping out at our Junior School canoe club.

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