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Rob Oliver

Rob has already achieved a lot in the past few years, going from someone who had never set foot inside a kayak to becoming the 2015 European Champion in his class K1 200m KL3.

He went on to win silver at the 2015 World Championships and qualified the quota place for Great Britain for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio where para-canoe made its Paralympic debut. Rob won both KL3 races at the British Canoeing Paralympic selection trials to secure his own nomination for ParalympicsGB.

Rob made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, finishing fifth in the men’s KL3 final in 42.410 in a highly competitive field.

Rob is a talented sportsman; after a spell as a weightlifter he played football at a variety of levels from 13-19. However in 2008 he broke his leg during a match and 17 operations and nine months later he had his leg amputated due to medical negligence. He was only 20 years old and up until that point had always been very active. He was unsure of his future in sport until he found kayaking in 2011. Once he realised he could still take part in competitive sport as an amputee he decided to dedicate his life to becoming the very best in his sport.

Major results

2015 ICF World Championships, Milan, Italy
K1 200m KL3
2015 ECA European Championships, Racice, Czech Republic
K1 200m KL3


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