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Hounslow calling on London crowds

09:19 10 September 2015

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Great Britain's Richard Hounslow makes his way through a gate during the men's kayak single (K1) semi-final at the Lee Valley White Water Centre at the London 2012 Olympics (pic: PA)

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Paddler looks forward to Canoe World Championships

Olympic silver medalist Richard Hounslow has called on the British public to come out in numbers once again for next week’s Canoe Slalom World Championships.

The British paddler played a leading role during one of the most dramatic days at the London Olympics three years ago when he and partner David Florence were just beaten to C2 gold by GB team-mates Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie.

Lee Valley White Water Centre will once again be hosting the world’s elite for the World Championships between September 16 and 20 – the first time this county has hosted the competition in 20 years.

And with home advantage once again, Hounslow can’t wait to get going.

“I think whenever you compete at home, it always feels special,” he said. “You have friends and family in the crowd and even people that you don’t know, they are British so they are cheering.

“At the Olympics it was a very partisan crowd and it was great for us. There was a huge amount of support so when we got gold and silver, everyone was loving it and hopefully we can have a repeat of that, get some medals and, fingers-crossed, some golds.”

Hounslow will again be partnering Florence in the C2 and believes they have as good a chance of glory as anyone else, especially with the event taking place at British Canoeing’s training base.

The 33-year-old, who will also be in the kayak for the K1 singles event, will be hopeful of a strong performance with the Championships offering competitors to secure quota places for Rio 2016.

It also provides the individual British athletes with the chance to impress ahead of their own Olympic selection process in October.

The London Youth Games alumni acknowledged home advantage could prove to be key, but reiterated the unpredictable nature of canoe slalom where success and failure is defined by millimetres.

“In the C2 David and I feel we are capable of not only winning a medal, but winning gold if we put it down on the day,” he added.

“In the kayak, my aim is to get into the final and then once you are there, who knows.

“There are so many people out there on the world level that have a very similar ability level that are capable of repeating the skills that are needed to win gold.

“But one of the key attributes in this sport is that on the day, can you cope with it mentally and can you get the level of excitement and motivation, meanwhile still keeping them under control and not get carried away in the moment and put it down aggressively controlled and technically well?

“There are so many components and bringing them all together is the key to winning on the world stage.”

*See the world’s top canoe slalom athletes in action on the Olympic course in London at the Canoe Slalom World Championships.

Tickets available at ticketmaster.co.uk/london2015.

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