Joe Clarke made history at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by becoming the first ever British athlete to win K1 canoe slalom gold.
It was also Team GB's first medal in the event in 12 years since Campbell Walsh took silver back at Athens 2004.
In the build up to Rio the Staffordshire canoeist took K1 team bronze at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships and silver at the 2014 and 2015 European Championships in the same event.
Clarke was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Years honours list for services to canoeing.
The Stoke-on-Trent canoeist began 2018 in rich form by claiming his first ever World Cup gold at World Cup 2 in Krakow and a World Cup bronze in Liptovsky.
The Waltham Abbey based athlete followed up that success by recording a fifth-place finish at the 2018 World Championships in Brazil - his best ever showing at the event.
He added K1 team gold to his list of honours in Rio de Janeiro alongside Bradley Forbes-Cryans and Christopher Bowers to claim his first World Championship gold medal.