Etienne Stott

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Etienne Stott
Etienne Stott at Our Greatest Team Parade.jpg
Stott at Our Greatest Team Parade in 2012
Medal record
Men's canoe slalom
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 London C2
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 La Seu d'Urgell C2 team
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Bratislava C2 team
Bronze medal – third place 2015 London C2 team
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Augsburg C2 team
Silver medal – second place 2009 Nottingham C2 team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Nottingham C2
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Bratislava C2 team

Etienne Stott MBE (born 30 June 1979 in Manchester) is an English slalom canoeist who started competing at the international level in 2002,[1] initially in the K1 category, but switching to C2 in 2005.[2] He retired from the sport in 2016.[3] He is the Olympic Champion in the C2 event from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[4]


Tim Baillie & Etienne Stott (right) at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Etienne and his partner Tim Baillie won two bronze medals in the C2 team event at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships (2009, 2011). They also won a bronze medal in the C2 event at the 2009 European Championships at the Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, Nottingham, England and came in fourth place at the 2009 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in La Seu d'Urgell. They won another silver and a bronze in the C2 team event at the European Championships alongside the other UK boats of David Florence/Richard Hounslow and Daniel Goddard/Colin Radmore. In 2012 they were a part of the British team that won gold at the European Championships in Augsburg in the C2 team event. They are British Premier Division Champions and British Open Champions.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Stott and partner Tim Baillie qualified through the heats for the C2 event on 30 July, and subsequently progressed to the semi-final.[5][6] The semi-final consisted of one run each, with the six best competitors qualifying for the final. Stott and Baillie finished in sixth place, taking the final spot and consequently qualifying for the final.[7] As a result of their sixth-place finish, the slowest qualifying time out of the six remaining competitors, Stott and Baillie ran first in the final, securing a time of 106.41.[7][8] The time was not beaten, with Stott and Baillie winning the gold medal in front of a 12,000 strong home crowd at the Lee Valley White Water Centre on 2 August.[9] Fellow British boat of David Florence and Richard Hounslow finished second with a time of 106.77.[7][10] Stott and Baillie's success was described as "unexpected" and a "surprise",[11][12] with the pair describing winning gold as "mad".[13]

Stott was partnered by Tim Baillie from 2005 to 2013. He paired up with Mark Proctor for 2015 and 2016.

Stott was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to canoeing.[14]

He has credited meditation/mindfulness as significantly helpful in his sporting achievement.[15]

Career highlights[edit]

World Cup individual podiums[edit]

Season Date Venue Position Event
2007 8 Jul 2007 Tacen 2nd C2
2010 3 Jul 2010 Augsburg 3rd C2
2013 30 Jun 2013 Augsburg 2nd C2

Personal life[edit]

Born in Manchester,[1] Stott grew up in Bedford, England, and attended Biddenham Upper School.[16] He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham.[17] He learned to paddle on the River Great Ouse with St. Andrews Scouts, and developed his slalom skills with Viking Kayak Club, of which he is still a member and a vice president. He is now a member of the British Canoe Union's GB Canoeing World Class team based at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. Etienne was named Bedford Sports Personality of the Year in 2008.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Etienne Stott". Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Profile and results". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Etienne Stott: Olympic gold medal-winning canoeist announces retirement". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Profile and results". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Baillie and Stott well placed". Orange Sport. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Stott stars as canoe duo race into Olympic semis". Bedford Today. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "Slalom canoeists take gold and silver". Team GB. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Olympics: Gold and silver for Great Britain in canoe slalom". BBC Sport. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Team GB clinch gold and silver in the Olympic canoe C2 slalom to thrill partisan crowd". Daily Telegraph. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Stott and Baillie head GB one-two". ESPN Star. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Stott and Baillie's unexpected gold celebrated on stamp". ITV News. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Two golds in five minutes: British take victory in canoeing pairs, men's shooting and men's cycling - to send Team GB soaring up the medal table". Daily Mail. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Gold stuns GB canoe slalom duo Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott". BBC Sport. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  14. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 25.
  15. ^ "What made Etienne Stott the best in the world?". 2 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Bedfordshire Local News, Local News Headlines in Bedford | Bedfordshire Newspaper Online | School punches above its weight". Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  17. ^ "A golden summer". Alumni Online. The University of Nottingham. 13 August 2012. Archived from the original on 13 February 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2012.

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