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Iain “can’t wait for the year ahead” – thanks to the Alumni Fund

17 February 2014 

Iain WeirSecond year construction management student, and canoe sprinter, Iain Weir says he “can't wait for the year ahead” after receiving an Alumni Award for Sport.  The funding will enable him to combine his sport with his studies.

Keeping it in the family, Iain followed his older brothers into canoe sprint. He now trains two or three times a day, six days a week.  His typical day involves getting up at 7.00 am and getting down to the course for a water session before grabbing some food, going to his lectures, then back for some cardio work or another session in the water and doing some weights. He said: “It’s pretty hard fitting everything in. I’m pretty busy!”

Originally from Banbury in Oxfordshire, Iain took part in the u23 European Championships in Poland last year where he came fifth in the semi-final – a great result for his first singles u23 race – and he took third place over 1,000m at the Olympic hopefuls competition in Czech Republic.

Iain said: “Travelling around the world for my sport and competing for my country are real highlights for me.  Over the next year I aim to get to the u23 European and World Championships again and also get selection for the full senior World Cup events that lead up to the full senior World Championships. My main ambition is to compete at the Olympic Games – whether it’s Rio 2016 or Tokyo 2020.”

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