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Ones to watch - Mallory Franklin

Already a three-time World Champion, Mallory is a young athlete with a very bright future

26-year-old Mallory Franklin is a C1 and K1 slalom canoeist and in 2018, she became Great Britain’s most successful female canoeist, winning a record eight individual and three team medals in a season.

The Windsor paddler took up the sport after messing around on the banks of the Thames with her older brother Zak when she was just five years old.

Since then, the whitewater rapids haven’t stopped calling and her determination has helped her get to where she is today.

Talking of her sporting motto to the Canoe and Kayak magazine, Mallory said:

“I guess I have one main goal in my canoeing career: I would be happy with my career if I could look back and say I did my best in every situation and worked my hardest to do my absolute best. As anyone in the sport does, I do have a goal to go to the Olympics and hopefully, win a gold medal, but I am heavily of the opinion that if you base all your happiness on an outcome, you risk never being happy.”

Outside of canoeing, Mallory has a 2:1 in Sports Therapy from the University of Bedfordshire and in 2017, she was runner up in the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year.

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