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Treasured Abbey trip for future canoe king
9:06am Thursday 9th August 2012 in Local news
This treasured family picture (below) – taken by the the Cavendish Pavilion at Bolton Abbey – was the start of a paddle to an Olympic gold medal.
It shows Tim Baillie, aged seven, experiencing his first taste of paddling on white-water.
Tim, now 33 and living in Nottingham, was taken to the river by his family. His mum Christine, from Keig-hley, and father Ken, from Aberdeen, were both keen canoeists, competing and working behind the scenes.
Tim and canoeing part-ner Etienne Stott braved surging rapids to win gold for Great Britain in the pairs canoe slalom.