GB Development Squad

Year 9 student Bronte has been selected for the GB Development Squad in kayaking. She is one of just seven girls from across the UK to be chosen. Bronte is a previous winner of the U10 and U12 kayak marathon national championships.

She has been kayaking at the Golant-based River Fowey Canoe Club since she was six years old.

Bronte in GB Development Squad

Bronte in GB Development Squad

Bronte’s coach Kevin Pearce spotted a natural talent, and since then her goal has been to make the squad. She is now coached by former Olympic coach, Brian Greenway and sponsored by The New Inn, Tywardreath.

Her first race under British Canoe Union colours will be at the Gent Marathon on the 24th May at which she will be the youngest team member in the U16 class.

The Marathon kayaking league operates with nine divisions in total; everyone starts in Division 9 and each kayaker has to work their way up the league tables. Bronte is the youngest member of the Fowey Club to achieve a Division 5 ranking and she is now working her way to promotion to Division 4.

Bronte’s training involves a big commitment. She travels all around the country to compete and also links up with other clubs in London to train during the school holidays.

In addition, she trains 4 or 5 times a week on the Fowey River and swims once a week at the Dragon Centre in Bodmin. In the winter, team members go running and use weight training to maintain fitness.

Bronte follows in the footsteps of former student Dan Palmer, one of our 2013 Leavers, who was also selected last year for the GB Development Squad.

Bronte says: “Kevin has given up countless hours to coach me in all weathers from a very young age and I shall always be grateful for the encouragement and help he has given and continues to give.”