21st Oct, 2017

Rob Oliver paddling his way to Rio 2016 dream

Solihull Editorial 26th Aug, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

PARACANOE athlete Rob Oliver has moved a step closer to securing his place on the Team GB squad heading to Rio next year by winning a silver medal at the International Canoe Federation World Championships in Milan.

The British number one finished second in the men’s KL3 200m sprint race which ensured Great Britain will have a place in the event for the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016.

Single leg amputee Rob, from Hollywood, has been in good form this year having been crowned European Champions back in May.

And after winning Silver in Italy, he said: “I came here with three goals; win a medal, finish in under 40 seconds and to get a Paralympic quota place for Team GB in the KL3 200m. All these goals were achieved and I am so happy.”

Paracanoe is a new sport being introduced to the Paralympics in Rio 2016 and the popularity is rapidly growing in the UK.

A new boat is on the list of Rob’s requirements before Rio, however as he has to fund this himself, being a full time athlete who trains six days per week, Rob therefore has to rely on sponsorship and commercial opportunities.

And he is hoping a new sponsor will come forward soon to enable him to continue towards his dream of representing his country in Rio and bringing home a gold medal for Team GB.

If you would like to support Rob or find out more information about his story visit robertolivergb.com

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