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Zak Prince

Zak Prince.

Zak Prince.

The 14-year-old canoeist, from Long Eaton and a student at Friesland Secondary School, is a member of the Holme Pierrepoint Canoe Club and is on the Super Regional Squad of the England Talent Programme.

Zak says: "Kayaking is a physical sport and the main thing that holds good paddlers back is power. Regular hard training on the water and in the gym, along with growth spurts (at a young age), can see massive step changes in performance, especially when the technique is there.

"My current season has just ended and in my main discipline, K1 (seated with two blades), I have moved up 94 ranking places. I also compete in C1 & C2 (kneeling with a single blade).

"My final competition of the season was the British Open when I got to compete against some of the best athletes in the world.

"Winter training now starts with five white water sessions per week and many weekend trips to the Olympic course at Lee Valley, Waltham Cross. I have just been informed that I have made the England Talent Programme for a further 12 months and I hope to be in the Premier Division by the end of next season.

"Next year will also see me competing at my first Junior Selection races, which will be another step on my journey to representing Great Britain at the World Championships and, who knows, maybe one day at the Olympics."