David Florence (GBR)

David Florence (GBR)

GBUnited Kingdom
Canoe Slalom
Date of birth
08 August 1982
188 cm
78 kg
London, ENG
English, French, German, Mandarin, Russian
Higher education
Physics - University of Nottingham: Nottingham, ENG


General Interest

Snowboarding, wakeboarding, golf, tennis, learning languages, bagpipes, guitar. (Facebook page, 11 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning both the C1 and C2 events at the 2013 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic and competing at both the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (britishcanoeing.org.uk, 31 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The race is long, but in the end it's only with yourself." (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Famous relatives
His father George, brother Fraser and uncle Angus have all represented Scotland in canoeing. (dailyrecord.co.uk, 13 Aug 2008; telegraph.co.uk, 02 Aug 2012)
Other information
He receives funding and support from the UK Sport Podium Programme, a programme supporting athletes with medal-winning capabilities at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (britishcanoeing.org.uk, 31 Aug 2015)

He was the first British canoe slalom paddler to win both the C1 and C2 world titles in the same year, which he achieved in 2013. (bbc.co.uk, 21 Sep 2014)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began recreational canoeing in 1996 in Comrie, Scotland. His first experience of the sport was his father and uncle taking him canoeing on the sea.
Why this sport?
"When I first started, I loved the feeling of just being able to control a canoe, and the excitement of paddling down big white-water rivers, and smaller ones as well, to start with. I am quite a competitive person so to get the chance to combine the skills of mastering white-water in competition gave me great enjoyment. Apart from anything else, it is a good sport to train for. It is hard and requires a huge amount of commitment but compared to some sports, where it is just a case of putting in the miles or the time, it is great fun every day. It is a very technical sport and always challenging with different rivers to tackle."
Club / Team
Forth Canoe Club: Edinburgh, SCO
Name of coach
Mark Delaney [national], GBR


European ChampionshipsC2 TeamEngland, Nottingham30 May 20092009Men112.172Best result
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamPoland, Kraków9 May 20082008Men234.395
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamEngland, Nottingham30 May 20092009Men106.405
European ChampionshipsC2England, Nottingham30 May 20092009Men119.379
European ChampionshipsC1England, Nottingham31 May 20092009Men98.025
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš15 June 20072007Men239.968
European ChampionshipsC1France, L'Argentière-la-Bessée2 July 20062006Men14
European ChampionshipsC1FYR Macedonia, Skopje6 June 20042004Men205.499
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamFYR Macedonia, Skopje4 June 20042004Men242.445
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen24 June 20052005Men248.857
European ChampionshipsC1Slovenia, Tacen26 June 20052005Men203.584
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamFrance, L'Argentière-la-Bessée30 June 20062006Men327.8811
European ChampionshipsC2 TeamSlovakia, Cunovo14 August 20102010Men133.133Best result
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Cunovo14 August 20102010Men7
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamGermany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men8
European ChampionshipsC2 TeamGermany, Augsburg13 May 20122012Men129.381Best result
European ChampionshipsC2Germany, Augsburg13 May 20122012Men108.074
European ChampionshipsC1Germany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men1:06.4510
European ChampionshipsC2 TeamPoland, Kraków9 June 20132013Men171.305
European ChampionshipsC1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men105.2210
European ChampionshipsC2Spain, La Seu d'Urgell11 June 20112011Men108.774
European ChampionshipsC2Slovakia, Cunovo15 August 20102010Men103.383Best result
European ChampionshipsC1Slovakia, Cunovo15 August 20102010Men145.509
European ChampionshipsC2 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell11 June 20112011Men6
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men9
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava12 July 20022002Men257.578
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC1Australia, Penrith21 February 20102010Men154.0810
World CupC24 July 20102010Men8
World CupC13 August 20092009Men1Best result
World CupC14 July 20102010Men9
World CupC214 August 20112011Men17
World CupC113 August 20112011Men11
World CupC2Slovakia, Bratislava5 July 20092009Men112.7411
World CupC16 July 20082008Men42
World CupC125 July 20042004Men20
World CupC124 July 20052005Men10
World CupC111 June 20062006Men6
World CupC115 July 20072007Men2Best result
World CupC22 September 20122012Men14
World CupC12 September 20122012Men7
World CupC111 September 20162016Men39Latest result
World CupC211 September 20162016Men23Latest result
Pan American ChampionshipsC1Brazil, Foz do Iguaçu18 March 20072007Men196.673Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC1New Zealand, Levin1 February 20092009Men97.091Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC2Australia, Penrith21 February 20102010Men117.666
World CupC116 August 20152015Men5
World CupC216 August 20152015Men14
World CupC225 August 20132013Men10
World CupC125 August 20132013Men4
World CupC217 August 20142014Men5
World CupC117 August 20142014Men2Best result
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamPoland, Kraków8 June 20132013Men110.545
European ChampionshipsC2Poland, Kraków9 June 20132013Men100.589
Olympic GamesC1Brazil, Rio de Janeiro9 August 20162016Men109.0010Latest result
Olympic GamesC2Brazil, Rio de Janeiro11 August 20162016Men102.012Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesC1England, London31 July 20122012Men106.1610
Olympic GamesC2England, London2 August 20122012Men2Best result
Olympic GamesC1China, Beijing12 August 20082008Men178.612Best result
World ChampionshipsC1England, London20 September 20152015Men94.321Best result
World ChampionshipsC2England, London19 September 20152015Men104.685Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamEngland, London20 September 20152015Men119.296Best result
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamEngland, London19 September 20152015Men123.593Best result
World ChampionshipsC1United States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men123.9526
World ChampionshipsC2United States, McHenry, MD21 September 20142014Men123.8722
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men135.527
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD21 September 20142014Men213.389
World ChampionshipsC1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men102.531Best result
World ChampionshipsC2Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men114.101Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men172.8911
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men141.593Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Slovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men107.1414
World ChampionshipsC2Slovakia, Bratislava10 September 20112011Men110.334Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men173.169
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men129.513Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Slovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men103.0512
World ChampionshipsC2Slovenia, Tacen11 September 20102010Men109.363Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men118.576Best result
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamSlovenia, Tacen11 September 20102010Men129.115Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell13 September 20092009Men101.655Best result
World ChampionshipsC2Spain, La Seu d'Urgell13 September 20092009Men118.8510
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 September 20092009Men12
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 September 20092009Men117.203Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Brazil, Foz do Iguaçu22 September 20072007Men196.495Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamBrazil, Foz do Iguaçu21 September 20072007Men241.377
World ChampionshipsC1Czech Republic, Prague6 August 20062006Men214.708
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague5 August 20062006Men245.513Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Australia, Penrith1 October 20052005Men15
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamAustralia, Penrith3 October 20052005Men248.697
World ChampionshipsC1Germany, Augsburg24 July 20032003Men28
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamGermany, Augsburg25 July 20032003Men280.3312
World ChampionshipsC1France, Bourg-Saint-Maurice25 August 20022002Men35
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamFrance, Bourg-Saint-Maurice23 August 20022002Men726.329
European ChampionshipsC1Slovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men109.9015Latest result
European ChampionshipsC2Slovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš15 May 20162016Men143.8617Latest result
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men128.673Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsC1Germany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men104.7612
European ChampionshipsC2Germany, Markkleeberg31 May 20152015Men106.063Best result
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamGermany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men119.243Best result
European ChampionshipsC2 TeamGermany, Markkleeberg31 May 20152015Men188.996
European ChampionshipsC1Austria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men95.1815
European ChampionshipsC2Austria, Vienna1 June 20142014Men99.617
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamAustria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men113.478
European ChampionshipsC2 TeamAustria, Vienna1 June 20142014Men120.827
European ChampionshipsC1Poland, Kraków8 June 20132013Men95.8211