Tim Lodge GB Paracanoeist. Going for Gold – Journey to Rio 2016.

Samuel & Son are proud sponsors of Tim Lodge, member of the GB Paracanoe squad. We are supporting Tim on his journey to represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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Going for Gold – Journey to Rio 2016

Tim Lodge, GB Paracanoeist

Samuel & Son are proud sponsors of Tim Lodge, member of the GB Paracanoe squad. We are supporting Tim on his journey to represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Tim’s event is 200M Kayak Sprint. He is currently GB#2.


8th July 2015
Tim has been selected for the main event of the paracanoe sprint calendar, the 2015 World Championships!  This will be held in Milan in August 2015.

“I am so happy to be representing my country for the second time, I have 6 weeks of preparation ahead of me which I am really looking forward to, the program looks good I have a renewed focus and can’t wait to wear my GB Colours for the second time.

As a country, aside to the World Events in the Va’s, we are going there to secure our spots for the Rio Paralympics, the team we are taking is very strong and I am sure we will all gain the places we need for GB to take a full complement of athletes to Rio next year.  At the start of this 2 and a half years ago I dreamt of attending this comp the year before Rio and now it is happening… It’s time for me to step it up and be the best I can be…I LOVE this sport and can’t wait to get up at 6am tomorrow for training. Bring it on…”  

24th May 2015
Tim takes bronze medal in the World Championship Final!

In a competitive Men’s KL3 200m today, Tim came third to make the podium. Delighted to have got his first international race under his belt he said: “It’s amazing! I have been training for two and a half years and to now represent my country and get a medal is unbelievable.  At the age of 43 this is a new chapter in my canoeing career and it has given me the confidence to go away and fine tune things ahead of the July selection regatta.”

Watch Tim in the Men’s KL3 200m World Championship Final Race 24th May 2015

21st April 2015
Tim has just been selected to represent Great Britain in his first international event, the  ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 2 being held in Duisburg, Germany, May 22 – May 24 2015.

“Incredibly happy and proud.  The World Cup event will be well attended by other paralympic athletes from around the world and it will give me a great chance to get a good time and performance on a decent international course.  I have worked incredibly hard for this and I can’t wait to get out there.  I have just under 5 weeks of preparation to go and the taper looks good, I am happy and confident that I am where I should be at this point in the season.” comments Tim.

Congratulations Tim from all of us at Samuel & Son!

1st July 2014
Tim Lodge comes to Heathfield…

Tim’s Story
Tim was born with gross talipes in both feet and was operated on straight from birth. Most of his operations were performed up to the age of 13, when his joints reached full growth. At this age they completely re structured both feet, lowered each heal and strengthened the tendons in both legs with carbon fibre. He has had a total of 54 anaesthetics, of which 38 have been for operations and the rest for painful plaster changes. Since then he has had a number of cosmetic operations due to general wear and tear and severe arthritic pain.

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In January 2013 he received a call from a canoeing coach who trained him in his teens. He was now involved in training some Paracanoe athletes. Tim was asked if he would like to return to the sport after a 23 year break to compete for a place in the GB Paracanoe Team. After making the Squad in March Tim has now been competing throughout the summer; his PB’s have improved dramatically and he is currently GB #2. This is just the start for Tim and there is no doubt that with some hard training his talent and passion for the sport will shine.

Comment from Coach:

“Tim’s enthusiasm to return to the sport was overwhelming and my coaching of him began within two days of our initial phone call. From that first session I was reminded of Tim’s great strength and single mindedness. It was hard to believe he had been out of the sport for so long.

He has an amazing technique which he constantly strives to improve on. This is backed up with exceptionally strong upper body strength and a total dedication to the sport which leads to only one conclusion, given the right backing I believe Tim Lodge can make it to Rio 2016.”

Comment from Tim

“This opportunity has changed my life dramatically. It has given me back the love for a sport that enabled me to feel accepted as a teenager with a disability. From the first moment I sat in a canoe I knew it was for me. I competed to a national standard as an able bodied teenager and left the sport when I started college at the age of 17.

I feel so lucky to have received this life changing chance which has bought so much to me in such a short space of time. At 41, it’s very rare that an opportunity of this scale comes along. So believe me, I am giving it my all to succeed and be the best in the world at this event”

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