Boating brilliance

A teenager with a passion for canoeing has been supported by the Realise Foundation as he targets a place in future Olympics.

Chris Bowers, aged 16, from Newcastle, applied for a bursary of £500 towards his new boat.

He is currently competing at international level at canoe slalom and is ranked 13th in the premier division in Britain and 2nd in the under 19s. He has just been selected as the lead boat for 2015 to represent Great Britain in the Junior World Championships in Brazil and the European Championships in Poland. He has his eyes firmly fixed on a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond.

He said: “I have been slalom canoeing for the past five years and at my level it involves between 10 and 12 sessions every week, including gym and endurance work and flat and white water paddling.

“At least three times a week I travel to the national water sports centre in Nottingham to train with the England coaches.”

The national talent coaches recognise the hard work Chris is putting into his sport, saying he is a ‘committed and dedicated athlete who is progressing significantly’.

Chris added: “Thank you so much to the Realise Foundation for this financial support, it will go towards a new boat which is costing approximately £1550.

“I have predominantly funding the boat by myself, so this money is a big help.”