Tim Brabants (GBR)

Tim Brabants (GBR)

GBUnited Kingdom
Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
23 January 1977
188 cm
85 kg
Marital status
Wife Michelle, daughter Jules, son Otto
Nottingham, ENG
Higher education
Medicine - University of Nottingham: England


General Interest

Traddle, Timmy. (Athlete, 16 Apr 2008)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian kayaker Knut Holmann. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
He had major shoulder surgery in 2011. (bbc.co.uk, 15 Jun 2012).
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Achieve the achievable." (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Awards and honours
He was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire [MBE] in 2009 for his achievements in canoeing. (teamgb.com, 25 May 2012)
Other information
He announced his retirement in April 2013 to focus on his medical career. "It has become more obvious to me over the last few months that as much as I love the sport and would love to be an Olympic and world champion again, I've reached the point where I'm unlikely to improve or achieve the same results that I once achieved. As a competitive athlete with a competitive brain I cannot make this decision easily and I know lots of athletes have had to go through this." (insidethegames.biz, 15 Apr 2013)

In March 2015 the Great Britain elite canoeing training centre at Dorney Lake near Windsor, England was named the 'Tim Brabants Elite Training Centre' in recognition of his career achievements. (canoeracing.org.uk, 03 Mar 2015)

He won Great Britain's first Olympic medal in canoe sprint after winning bronze in the K1 1000m at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He also won Great Britain's first Olympic gold medal in the sport when he claimed victory in the K1 1000m at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.(Athlete, 16 Apr 2008; theguardian.com, 22 Aug 2008)

International Debut

Competing for
Great Britain

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 10 at the Elmbridge Canoe Club in England.
Why this sport?
His mother took him to a 'come and try it' week at the canoe club.


Olympic GamesK1 1000mEngland, London8 August 20122012Men3:34.8338Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK1 500mChina, Beijing23 August 20082008Men1:37.6713Best result
Olympic GamesK1 1000mChina, Beijing22 August 20082008Men3:26.3231Best result
Olympic GamesK1 1000mGreece, Athens27 August 20042004Men3:30.5535Best result
Olympic GamesK1 1000mAustralia, Sydney30 September 20002000Men3:35.0573Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20112011Men3:25.82515
World ChampionshipsK1 500mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Men1:39.7854Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Men3:30.0402Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Men20:14.4825Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Men1:36.6072Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Duisburg11 August 20072007Men3:40.1131Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20062006Men3:39.4192Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mUnited States, Gainesville, GA13 September 20032003Men3:31.3765Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan25 August 20012001Men3:38.7167Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mItaly, Milan28 August 19991999Men3:36.1896Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mCroatia, Zagreb23 June 20122012Men3:31.75611Latest result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mSpain, Trasona4 July 20102010Men1:39.3734Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mSpain, Trasona3 July 20102010Men3:41.8888
European ChampionshipsK1 500mItaly, Milan18 May 20082008Men10
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mItaly, Milan17 May 20082008Men3:33.4931Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mSpain, Pontevedra1 July 20072007Men1:42.6531Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mSpain, Pontevedra30 June 20072007Men3:40.3422Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mCzech Republic, Racice8 July 20062006Men3:28.5861Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan22 May 20042004Men3:32.5422Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan8 July 20002000Men3:42.0346Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mCroatia, Zagreb11 July 19991999Men3:34.7314Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20122012Men28Latest result
World CupIndividual Kayak22 August 20102010Men7Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak29 June 20082008Men2Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20072007Men2Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak6 July 20032003Men72
World CupIndividual Kayak28 July 20022002Men111