Lower sixth pupil David Paterson has seen his talent and commitment rewarded with selection as one of the junior athletes who will represent Team GB in the K1 kayak class.
David, who has been participating in the sport for about seven years, will represent Great Britain in the Junior World Championships in Bratislava and the European Championships in Hohenlimburg as well as competing for England in the European Canoe Association races in Krakow and Bratislava this summer.
The call ups follow his strong performance at the three day Team GB selection races at the Lee Valley Olympic course in London where he demonstrated impressive mental and physical strength and natural water skills to win the junior final by 4.15 seconds. His time would have also seen him finish in a very creditable fourth position in the senior final!
David, who trains six days a week and has to travel to Nottingham or the Lee Valley Olympic course in London to have access to white water, travelled 10,000 miles last year for kayaking, is looking for companies to sponsor him as he continues on his impressive journey in the sport that he hopes will ultimately result in an appearance at an Olympic Games.
He enjoys studying science and combines his commitment to the sport with his academic work.
Speaking about his achievement, David, who counts white water kayaker Peter Kauzer as a role model, said: “Going into the selection races I was a little bit nervous but when it came to the final my competitive edge kicked in, the nerves disappeared and I was keen to do as well as possible. I was amazed and delighted to discover that I had won and when I found out I was selected for Team GB it was an awesome feeling.
“I got into the sport as my older brother liked kayaking and I have helped out at the club at school. The competitions this summer will be the first time I have competed abroad and it will be great to be able to represent my country.”
If you would like to sponsor David please email firstname.lastname@example.org.