At the Beijing Games in 2008, Tim Brabants won Britain’s first-ever Olympic canoeing gold medal – in either slalom and sprint – claiming the K1 1000m title.
Brabants is also Britain’s most successful Olympic canoeist ever having won K1 1000m bronze at the Sydney Games in 2000 and the same colour in the K1 500m in China.
He was awarded an MBE for his sporting achievements in 2009 and faced a fierce battle with Paul Wycherley for selection for London 2012.
Wycherley earned selection for the World Championships in 2011 after winning a best-of-three race off but lost to Brabants in a similar series for London 2012.
Brabants was the most experienced and oldest member of the British canoe sprint team for London 2012 and one of only two to have previous Olympic experience.
He graduated as a doctor from the University of Nottingham in 2002 and took a break from canoeing to concentrate on Emergency Medicine after both Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
At the 2012 Olympics in London Brabants won bronze in the K1 1000m.