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Florence aiming for local gold

Venue: Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham Dates: 28-31 May Coverage: Saturday - 1300-1415 BST, BBC One and BBC Sport website; Sunday - 1400-1515 BST, BBC Two and BBC Sport website

David Florence
David Florence meets the media ahead of the European Championships

Nottingham's David Florence is aiming to become the first slalom canoeist to win two gold medals in separate events at the upcoming European Championships.

The Olympic silver medallist will compete in the canoe single and double (with Richard Hounslow) at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

Florence said: "The paddling C2 (double) is something new for me that I took up since the Olympic Games.

"To get to do the first race on our own water is very exciting indeed."


Florence is Scottish by birth but trains at the National Water Sports Centre and lives in West Bridgford.

He added: "It's a complete new thing for me to be doing and it's a major event at home so it's a great opportunity."

Men's K1 (kayak single): Campbell Walsh, Huw Swetnam, Richard Hounslow

Women's K1: Lizzie Neave, Louise Donnington, Laura Blakeman

Men's C1 (canoe single): David Florence, Mark Proctor, Dan Goddard

Men's C2 (canoe double): Tim Baillie & Etienne Stott, David Florence & Richard Hounslow, Dan Goddard & Colin Radmore

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