Eilidh Gibson (GBR)

GBUnited Kingdom
Date of birth:
4 October 1995
Eilidh Gibson (BGR)


General Interest

Skiing. (britishcanoeing.org.uk, 28 May 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in C1 at the 2014 World Cup in London, England. (britishcanoeing.org.uk, 28 May 2015)
Hero / Idol
United States of America swimmer Michael Phelps. (winningstudents-scotland.ac.uk, 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Have a goal. Take action. Commit to success." (eilidhgibson.com, 27 Oct 2014)
Famous relatives
Her mother was a team doctor at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Her brother Angus has represented Great Britain in canoe slalom. He won bronze in C2 Team at the 2014 European Junior Championships in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Sep 2015; britishcanoeing.org.uk, 28 May 2015; scotsman.com, 03 Jan 2011)
Other information
She is funded by the UK Sport Podium Potential Programme. The project supports athletes who are thought to have the ability to win a medal at the Olympic Games. (britishcanoeing.org.uk, 28 May 2015)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She was introduced to paddling at a young age, although she initially preferred swimming. At age 13 she began to get bored of swimming and focused more on whitewater canoeing.
Why this sport?
"I fell in love with the excitement and chaos of whitewater. Once I won my first race, the competitive side of me took over and I knew this was the sport for me."
Club / Team
Strathallan [GBR] / CR Cats [GBR]:
Name of coach
Craig Morris [national]; Paul Ratcliffe [national], GBR

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
04 October 1995
173 cm
61 kg
Edinburgh, SCO
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Biomedical Science - University of Edinburgh: Scotland