Treasured Abbey trip for future canoe king

Ilkley Gazette: Treasured Abbey trip for future canoe king Treasured Abbey trip for future canoe king

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.

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