Tim Brabants MBE
With three Olympic Games, one gold and two bronze Olympic medals under his belt, Tim Brabants could be forgiven for sitting back and enjoying the London 2012 Olympic Games as a spectator.
Unsurprisingly for those that know the man, he’ll be doing no such thing as he seeks to defend his Beijing Olympic gold medal in the K1 1,000m event in London.
Hailing from Walton-on-Thames in England, Tim has been representing Britain in international kayak events since winning bronze in the World Junior Championships in 1995.
At his first Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 he won a bronze medal in the K1 1,000m. He then took 18 months away from the sport to complete his medical studies at Nottingham University and in 2004 he finished a disappointed fifth in the final of the same event at the Athens Olympics.
Two years later Tim bounced back in 2006 to win gold at the European Championships and silver at the World Championships. A World Championship gold in the K1 1,000m and silver in the K1 500m events in 2007 showed the kayak world that Tim would be the one to beat at his third Olympics in Beijing.
He left nothing to chance in his final year preparation and was rewarded with gold in the K1 1,000m event and a thrilling bronze in the K1 500m event.
Returning to Nottingham, Tim threw himself back into his medical work as a doctor at the Queen’s Medical Centre. As he did following the Athens Games, 18 months after Beijing Tim made the decision to put his medical career on hold and move to London to commit himself to training full time for what will be his fourth Olympic Games in London 2012.
After just six months of full-time training, Tim won a Silver medal in the World Championship K1 1,000m in August. This exceeded Tim’s own expectations as well as the expectations of the majority of the kayaking world, showing that once again Tim will be the one to beat in London in 2012.
An accomplished speaker, Tim is highly respected not just for his incredible sporting achievements and ability to balance his successful work and sporting careers, but for his humility and leadership by example. He is an inspiration in every sense.