By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Slalom Canoeist David Florence has announced his retirement. The canoeist steps away from the sport months shy of his 40th birthday.
He will be 40 on August 8th.
“Apparently all good things must come to an end and for me it feels like the right time to move on from my athletic career,” Florence said in a Facebook post. “I’ve had so much fun, so many great experiences and feel really lucky to have been able to be a full-time canoeist, doing something I love so much for so long. There are so many that I’d like to thank – those who have made my time competing in the sport so enjoyable, those who influenced me, who I looked up to, who supported me, coached me, gave me advice, took me training, trained with me, inspired and encouraged me.
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It’s hard to name everyone, and there are many more, but I want to try to make a list of some of those I owe a massive thank you (not in any particular order) some of whom probably had a far bigger influence on me than they realise.”
Florence had competed on the International level since 1999. He has competed with Britain and Scotland at events.
He was the 2013 and 2015 single canoe world champion. Plus, in 2013, he was the double canoe champion with Richard Hounslow.
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“Also to all my British and Scottish canoeing teammates, Team GB teammates, Team GB teammates, roommates and training groups through the years, to all the volunteers who make the sport possible, all the coaching and support staff, Lee Valley, UK Sport, British Canoeing, the BOA, my sponsors, Rasdex, PeakUK, Galasport, Vajda, Lloyd’s Register, Samworth Brothers, Red Sky Management, the National Lottery players, our physios, doctors, sports psychologists, performance analysts, strength and conditioning experts, my international coaching and athlete friends, Edinburgh Kayak Club, Forth Canoe Club, (and) Aberdeen Kayak Club.”
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