Hello I’m 16 and my name is Kurts Adams
How did you get into Canoe Slalom?
It’s a pretty interesting start. Me and my brother both signed up to try scuba diving in our local pool. And while we were doing the session my mum started to chat with other parents whose kids were doing the scuba diving course with us. That’s when my mum got information about Stafford and Stone Canoe Club (The best performing canoe club in the UK and a home club of the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Clarke).
I was then invited for a trial session, enjoyed it, and just kept paddling. So, if I wouldn’t have gone to the scuba diving session then I wouldn’t be doing what I do now.
What is it that you love most about this sport?
This is an interesting question as there isn’t just one answer. I most love the adrenalin that I get every time I train and race. But my favorite part is the competition side, it’s not just in canoeing. I am very competitive in everything I do. Just being on the start line, getting ready to do my run is the best feeling.
What category are you competing in and what’s your ranking?
I do both C1 (Canoe Single) and K1 (Kayak Single). My favorite one and the one I do most is K1. In K1 I recently got into Premier Division and am ranked 35th overall at the moment and the best in my age group. In C1 I am ranked 3rd. My goal for the season coming is getting into Premier division in C1.
What is your biggest accomplishment in sport’s career?
In 2015 I was a British National Champion Division 1 Newcomer in K1M, and in 2016 I was a British National Champion Division 1 Newcomer in C1M. Also, highest ranked J14 K1M of the season 2016.
What is your biggest challenge?
Canoe Slalom for me it’s more than 50% mentally, not physically, and because of that the biggest challenge for me is staying calm and thinking about the process rather than the result on the sheet. “If I think about where I want to come then I’m not thinking about the correct lines and strokes”
What would be your ultimate achievement?
My ultimate achievement is being in the 2024 Olympic Games.