Weight: 83 kg
Elmbridge (Train at Royal)
Roland Lawler 1994-2001
Eric Farrell 2000-present
Favourite Training Venue:
Sandy Bay at Elmbridge
Favourite Racing Venue:
The Cut at Elmbridge (not a classic venue but I have my best races there)
Favourite Training Session:
8,6,4,2,1 min/2 min rest, then 5 Power starts (paddle backwards as hard
as you can then do a 30 stroke start straight away)
Favourite Training camp Location:
Welsh Harp in the West London area for a domestic camp and
Seville is the best training camp abroad (it has the best night life ever…ever!!!)
Junior Sprint Team 2000-2001 (Finalist World Champs K2 1000)
Under 23 Sprint Team 2002
Senior Sprint Team 2003 (K1 200m)
Winner of the Silver Bird Bath 1996
A Black Nelo Vanquish, Big Black Brasca 4 Min and of course my lucky green
vest!!!! (Come on the Green Army)
What do you consider to be the most important elements to being
a top 200 metre paddler?
If you have a fast start, fast acceleration and can hold a fast top speed
for the whole distance you will complete the 200 meters fast.
What specific training methods do you adopt to get that all important
sharpness/explosive power needed for the 200 event?
Well as I said earlier you need to have a fast start and I try
to improve my starts by doing power starts. Paddle backwards as hard as
you can then do a 30-stroke start straight away. It really works, but
it’ll kill you.
What do you feel can be done in the UK to promote the 200 metre
event, bearing in mind it's exposure and popularity in most other countries
and at any major international event?
I think this web site is doing a great job in promoting 200 meter
racing in this country at a lower level, but to encourage more of the
top end athletes to take 200 meter racing more seriously there needs to
be a similar funding structure to the Olympic canoeing events.
Poem - That's what they
call the Two Hundred