Inspired by my Uncle ‘Diesel’ Dave Coles, who represented Canada in C1 (Canoe), I vividly remember watching video footage of my uncle competing at the 1986 world championships and I think I share his infectious quest for adventure. I started kayaking at age 10 and made my first open water crossing to the Isle of Arran with Diesel Dave at the age of 13. This passion for adventure and for pushing oneself remains today.
I am involved with the pilot BC UKCC Level 4 course and I am currently studying an MSc in performance paddle sports coaching at The University of Stirling. My coaching career spans 20 years and I have been involved in numerous world wide expeditions, including rowing the Atlantic Ocean, kayaking the Tsarup Chu River in Northern India, Sea Kayaking in Western Canada & cycling down the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.
I have been lucky enough to travel the world with my kayak, yet for me very little beats sitting in my kayak or yacht watching an Atlantic sunset on the West Coast of Scotland!