Following two days of exciting racing at the Olympic Selection Trials in Nottingham this week, British Canoeing is pleased to announce its senior Canoe Sprint team to compete at the European Continental Olympic Qualifying event next month, along with those selected for the ICF World Cup series.

Seven men and two women will take to the start line in Duisburg on the 18 and 19 May, with the aim of claiming as many of the remaining Olympic quota places for Rio 2016 as possible. With this being the final opportunity for European nations to qualify for this year’s Olympic Games, the competition is bound to be extremely tough.

Olympic Champion Ed McKeever will be focused on a top two finish in the men’s K1 200m event in order to keep his hopes alive of defending his title in Rio. Also chasing the one remaining men’s kayak place will be Jonathan Boyton in the K1M 1000m, whilst Chris Calvert (C1M 200m), James Styan and Jonathan Jones  (C2M 1000m) have all been given the opportunity by the selectors to contest the one remaining spot in the canoe class.

For the women, Angela Hannah will contest both the individual 200m event (K1W 200m) and team up with Lani Belcher in the K2W 200m. Hannah and Belcher will undoubtedly be the most focused women on the start line, having originally thought they had qualified the boat at last year’s World Championships on reallocated quota places, only to find that this wasn’t the case. Only an outright win will be enough to put them on the plane to Rio, whilst a top two finish for Hannah in the K1 would still keep her in the mix.

The World Cup team will be headlined by Liam Heath and Jon Schofield, who will be looking for a repeat of their excellent form at the British Olympic trials and now armed with the confidence that their names have already been written onto the nomination sheet for Rio. A good performance at their first international regatta of the season would give them a further boost and show that they are well on track for their second Olympic Games. 

The women’s K4W 500m of Rachel Cawthorn, Jessica Walker, Louisa Gurski, and Rebeka Simon, who qualified the boat for Rio at last year’s World Championships in Milan, will also get their inaugural run out of the season and the first of two chances to show their form and fitness under racing conditions, ahead of final crew confirmation for the Olympic Games.

The team for the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 1 also includes a number of new faces to the British team and a chance to make their senior international debuts, including three women from the Girls4Gold programme, the joint UK Sport, British Canoeing talent initiative.


2nd Round Olympic Qualification Duisburg, 18 & 19 May

K1M 200m Edward McKeever
K1M 1000m Jonathan Boyton     
K2M 1000m Matthew Bowley / Edward Rutherford       
C1M 200m Christopher Calvert      
C2M 1000m James Styan / Jonathan Jones
K1W 200m Angela Hannah
K2W 500m Lani Belcher / Angela Hannah

Duisburg World Cup 1, 20-22 May

K1M 200m Liam Heath
K1M 200m Kristian Reeves
K2M 200m Liam Heath / Jonathon Schofield
K2M 200m Matthew Robinson  / Lewis Fletcher
K1M 500m Thomas Lusty     
K1M 1000m Thomas Lusty    
K2M 1000m Luke Harding / Magnus Gregory    
C2M 1000m Ian Weir  / Joseph Hayman-Joyce  
K1W 200m Emily Lewis  & Hannah Brown          
K1W 500m Deborah Kerr & Emily Lewis
K4W 500m Rachel Cawthorn / Jessica Walker/ Louisa Gurski / Rebeka Simon
C1W 200m Katie Reid
C2W 500m Afton Fitzhenry / Chloe Bracewell

Racice World Cup 2, 27-29 May

K1M 200m Liam Heath & Ed McKeever   
K2M 200m Liam Heath / Jonathan Schofield     
K1M 500m Jonathan Boyton          
K1M 1000m Jonathan Boyton
C1 200m TBC        
C2 1000m TBC
K1W 200m Jessica Walker & Angela Hannah               
K1W 500m Rachel Cawthorn & Hayleigh Mason
K2W 500m Lani Belcher Angela Hannah
K4W 500m Rachel Cawthorn / Jessica Walker / Louisa Gurski / Rebeka Simon
K1W 1000m Rebeka Simon
K1W 5000m Louisa Gurski & Lani Belcher

Canoe Sprint