We have had our official team announcement now for the athletes chosen to represent Team GB in the London 2012 Olympic Games. It was a fantastic morning sharing the excitement with 8 other GB athletes, 7 of them for whom this will be their first ever Games. For all of us it will be our first and only home Games! It was a very proud moment to put on the Team GB tracksuit for the first time and stand on the jetty at Dorney lake for photos with the other selected paddlers. I felt as excited as I did way back in 2000 when I was selected for my first Olympic Games in Sydney! Despite this, we have not sat back at all in terms of training volume and effort. Our focus all year has been on competing well in August and so we haven't had to peak too much earlier in the year for the World Cup events thankfully.
This weekend I will be competing in Zagreb at the European Championships. Really looking forward to racing in Croatia, the water is turquoise blue and the weather is set to be hot! Whilst it would be nice to get a good result there, I am more focussed on ensuring I don't ease back off the high training work load yet!
And finally, congratulations to Albert Woods who has been awarded an OBE in the Queens birthday honours. Albert has worked hard for many years at a high level in both canoeing and the Olympic movement. His efforts have been justly rewarded!
19th June 2012