Tim Baillie MBE
Tim Baillie MBE
Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott won the Gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics in the sport of canoe slalom. It was part of an historic performance by Team GB which captured the attention of the British public and the world.
Growing up in Westhill, Aberdeen, Tim’s parents were keen recreational canoeists, and so he naturally followed in their footsteps, taking to the water for the first time around three years of age.
Tim and Etienne formed as a canoe doubles crew in 2004 with the aim of competing in the Beijing Games of 2008. They had known each other since the age of 15 when they started racing against each other in kayak single category, initially at Junior level and later at Under 23 level. They both studied Mechanical Engineering at The University of Nottingham, where they combined studies with intense training at the National Watersports Centre.
Having failed to qualify for Beijing, they focused all their efforts onto preparations for London 2012. The next four years were eventful and challenging, including several major injury setbacks and addressing their lack of mental toughness. The inspiring story of their journey to success is one of tenacity, teamwork and a determination to maximise their potential. After years of dedication chasing down incremental technical & physical gains it was the commitment to a new psychological perspective that unlocked their potential and empowered them to perform on the biggest stage of their lives.
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