Department of Sport

Performance Canoe

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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. 

Canoe at The University of Nottingham

Performance facilities


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

2017/18 achievements

  • Amy Hollick - BUCS Individual C1 and K1 Women's champion
  • Jonathan Atkinson - BUCS Individual K1 Men's champion
  • Canoe Slalom - BUCS Mixed Team and 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

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Amy Hollick

Studying: BSc Mathematics (School of Mathematics)

Canoe background: Previously member of Manchester Canoe Club and their junior canoe slalom set up. Former Rushcliffe High School pupil.

Top achievements: Ranked 5th overall and 3rd in U23 age category in the UK for my event. Placing 15th at the U23 European Championships in 2016.

 I chose to attend The University of Nottingham so that I could pursue my academic ambitions, whilst also continuing to train hard and reach my sporting goals.
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Samuel Ibbotson

Studying: BSc Theoretical Physics (School of Physics)

Canoe background: Competing in canoe slalom since the age of 10, making the Under 18 squad at just 14 years old. Former pupil at Hallcross Academy.

Top achievements: Ranked 4th overall in the UK for my event. Placing 4th at the U18 World Championships in 2014 and 8th at the U23 European Championships in 2016.

 The University of Nottingham is located within easy reach of a top canoe course at Holme Pierrepoint and I knew that I would receive top class support from University of Nottingham Sport to compete at the highest level.


University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000