Tim Brabants, the double Olympic medallist in canoeing has announced he is returning to full time training in preparation for the Olympics in 2010. Tim, who is a doctor by profession has said he will give up his medical career in order to focus on getting ready for the competition in London in 2010.
Tim said: “I had been mulling it over during the Christmas holidays, I spoke to my old coach, Eric Farrell, spoke to people at work, and my sponsors, and everyone saw the green light. It’s great, really, I’m fully recharged, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to defend the Olympic title in front of a home crowd.”
Some 15 months ago, with his gold and bronze medals to hand, Tim assumed the mantle of the Telegraph/Brain and Spine Foundation London Marathon team captain.
Tim hinted then, that when 2010 dawned, he might find it difficult to resist the lure of returning to training for the London Games, although he admitted that the prospect of being 35 in 2012 would be daunting.
Over the past 15 months, he has combined his medical commitments with ski-surfing, surfing, mountaineering, and trekking.
“It is hard to resist the incentive of competing at a home Olympics in front of home support. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” explained Tim, who insists the break from training has allowed him to recharge fully, mentally and physically.
Tim will return to his gruelling training regime, at the Royal Canoe Club, Teddington, at the end of the month, under long-term coach Farrell, supported by his sponsors Matrix, Gatorade, and a return to the World Class funding programme.
TIm said: “It’s going to be tough, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge of getting back down on the water in Teddington.”
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