Robert Oliver paddling his way to success - The Solihull Observer

Robert Oliver paddling his way to success

Solihull Editorial 9th Jul, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

EUROPEAN Paracanoe Champion Robert Oliver has achieved another milestone in his career by booking a trip to Milan next month for the International Canoe Federation World Championships.

The Great Britain star won Gold at the European Championships in the KL3 200m race in the Czech Republic back in May.

And now he is celebrating again after booking his place on the GB team heading to Italy after winning both of his races at the British Canoeing National Sprint Regatta held at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont.

Oliver, who has only been paddling since 2011, was delighted with his performance at the regatta.

“Going into the weekend I knew it was going to be difficult as the competition in Britain is always growing, but I knew I’d had a good training block so felt in a great place prior to racing,” said the 27-year-old.

“After winning both selection races and booking my place for the World Championships in Milan I am feeling so confident and in the best physical shape I have ever been, so this will be the best opportunity I have at bringing back some silverware for the country and it would be the proudest moment of my life if I could do it.”

Oliver was a talented footballer up until 2008 when he broke his leg during a match aged 20 and after 17 operations he was forced to have his leg amputated due to medical negligence.

He thought his life as a sportsman was over but two years later he climbed into a kayak and was given a new lease of life in Paracanoe.

If you would like to support Rob or keep track of his World Championship adventure, which begins on August 19, you can follow his progress by visiting

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