For several years now we have been involved in local youth sport and as part of that we have sponsored local Guildford athlete Rachel Cawthorn who kayaks for Team GB since 2011.
Right now is really exciting for us all here because Rachel is in Rio at the moment preparing for her second Olympics having made it to two finals at London 2012.
Starting on the 17th August she will compete for Great Britain in the 500m individual kayak and as part of a four women team in the 500m K4 kayak.
We first met Rachel when she swam for Wey Valley Swimming Club (where our children also swam) as a young girl before she was talent spotted at her secondary school aged 15 by national talent scouts.
In 2010 Rachel became the K1 1000m European champion and went on to become Britain’s first woman to medal at both the European and World Championship, where she won bronze in the Olympic distance of 500m.
In 2014 she won a gold and two bronze medals in the World Cup series and last year qualified the British Olympic kayak in the K1 500m and K4 500m.
So a massive good luck to Rachel and the other girls Louisa Gurski, Rebeka Simon and Jess Walker.
Wednesday 17th August – 500m single heats
Friday 19th August – 500m K4 heats
If Rachel progresses then the semi-finals are the same day as the heats with the finals the following day.