Baillie to retire

The Bolton News: Tim Baillie has called time on his canoeing career Tim Baillie has called time on his canoeing career

History-making British Olympian Tim Baillie has decided to retire from canoeing.

Baillie won a first gold medal for Team GB in canoe slalom with C2 partner Etienne Stott at the London Games.

The pair enjoyed one of sport's longest-running partnerships, spanning nine seasons, with gold in 2012 the pinnacle.

Baillie said: "Retiring has been a difficult decision which I've agonised over for a long time.

"I still love canoeing but I've realised that I no longer have the underlying desire required to commit all of my time to the singular pursuit of canoe slalom excellence.

"Looking back, the London Olympic cycle took a lot of energy, particularly fighting back from so many setbacks, and I think that burned through my passion for the sport."

The 34-year-old from Aberdeen continued: "Whilst my decision to retire is tinged with sadness I feel Etienne and I have both had an incredible journey to look back on and a lot of exciting things to look forward to, so overall I'm feeling positive.

"I'd like to thank him for all the adventures; it's truly a testament to our friendship that it's survived nine years of being strapped into the same canoe."

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