Department of Sport

Performance Canoe

Performance Canoe




Canoeists studying at the University of Nottingham benefit from generous scholarship packages and tailored individual support to help you balance your studies with the demands of elite training. 

The university is located within easy reach of the  National Water Sports Centre and a close partnership allows our students extensive access to the white water and flat courses located within the park. Student athletes can also take advantage of the state-of-the-art training facilities at the £40 million David Ross Sports Village, including a 200-station fitness suite, High Performance Zone and Sports Injury Clinic. 

Student athletes join a rich heritage of success on the water; our alumni have won multiple medals across the last four Olympic Games, including a silver for David Florence at the Rio 2016 Olympics and gold at London 2012 for Tim Brabants MBE, Etienne Stott MBE and Campbell Walsh MBE. 

Email Phil Wood (Scholarship & Recruitment Manager)

Canoe at The University of Nottingham

Performance facilities


  • British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) White Water
  • BUCS Canoe Slalom
  • World University Games

2018/19 achievements

  • Patrick Marriott - BUCS Individual C1 Men's champion
  • Nikita Setchell - BUCS Individual K1 Women's champion
  • Canoe Slalom - BUCS Open team champions


  • Campbell Walsh: Olympic silver medallist (K1 - Athens 2004), 3 x World Championship medallist (2206, 2007, 2009)
  • Tim Brabants MBE: 3 x Olympic medallist (Gold K1 1000m, Bronze K1 500m - Beijing 2008, Bronze - K1 1000m - Sydney 2000)
  • Tim Baillie MBE: Olympic gold medallist (C2 - London 2012), 2 x World Championship medallist (C2: 2009, 2011)
  • Etienne Stott MBE: Olympic gold medallist (C2 - London 2012), 3 x World Championship medallist (C2: 2009, 2011, 2015)
  • David Florence: 3 x World Champion (C1 - 2013, 2015; C2: 2013) and 3 x Olympic silver medallist (C1 - Beijing 2008, C2 - London 2012, C2 - Rio 2016)

Athlete profiles

Nikita Setchell

Nikita Setchell

Studying: BSc Product Design and Manufacture Engineering (School of Engineering)

Canoe background: Canoe Slalom

Top achievements:  The European K1W Junior Champion at the European U23 Canoe Slalom championships in Bratislava 2018.

"I came to the University of Nottingham because it allowed me to train as well as get a degree. With the scholarship programme it also allowed me to have flexibility within my degree to help me train better for certain competitions or when I train abroad."

Ieuan James

Ieuan James

Studying: Mathematics BSc 

Canoe background: Started at Forth Canoe Club (Edinburgh) through an active schools initiative with Craiglockhart Primary. Competed as part of the Scottish and British Junior Development programmes until relocating to Nottingham to join the Senior GB team at the end of 2017.

Top achievements: Junior European and World Champion K1 200m 2017.

"Nottingham is the only University capable of delivering a first class degree programme whilst accommodating the demands of international sport, it was an easy decision to choose Nottingham."



University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000