Were you glued to the TV watching the canoeing at the Olympics this year? The first ever canoeing competition dates way back to 1869 and by the 1890s canoeing as a sport was becoming popular all over Europe. The sheer diversity of canoeing means that it offers something to suit everyone and it’s exciting to watch as well as take part in. There are opportunities for those with disabilities, and the normal Olympic disciplines of Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint Racing included Paracanoe for the first time in 2016. This year we saw British Paracanoe athletes win 3 Gold & 2 Silver medals in Rio, making history for the UK sport. Canoeing at the Olympics was extremely competitive with over 330 athletes from over 50 Nations. The British team – a young, multidisciplined male and female squad made a thrilling contribution for enthusiasts. Joe Clarke fought hard for Gold in a gripping K1 canoe slalom. David Florence and Richard Hounslow won Silver in the men’s canoe double and narrowly missed out on Britain’s second Gold in two days. Liam Heath won Silver with Jon Schofield in the men’s K2 200m and also won Team GB’s 25th Gold in Rio. He became Team GB’s most successful Olympic canoeist in a spectacular climax to the canoe sprint regatta. If you want to watch this thrilling sport live at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, then you have plenty of time to save up, or maybe a loan from ferratum.co.uk can help?
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