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Olympic gold medal winning canoeist Tim Baillie launches city’s new kayak fleet
Olympic gold medal winning canoeist Tim Baillie was joined by local young people at the launch of Adventure Aberdeen's new kayak fleet today [Friday 30 August].
Pupils from Riverbank School and members of Dyce Youth Group took to the River Don near Seaton Park to try out the 14 new kayaks which have been bought to provide water sport opportunities for young people from primary six upwards.
Tim Baillie, originally from Westhill, won Britain's first-ever gold medal in the canoe slalom, winning the two-man C2 event with Etienne Stott at the Olympics last year.
Adventure Aberdeen hopes his Olympic success will help create a sporting legacy for the young people of Aberdeen.
The kayaks will be put to the test during Adventure Aberdeen's Paddle Power programme, the first of which will be on offer during the October holidays.
Aberdeen City Council's Convener of the Education, Culture and Sport Jenny Laing said: "Tim's enthusiasm and gold medal winning performance have captured the imagination of young people across Aberdeen and the north-east.
"I am delighted he has agreed to launch this wonderful new fleet which will bring pleasure and excitement to so many."
Adventure Aberdeen team leader Jonathan Kitching added: "We have been keen to develop water sports for some time and are delighted to use Tim's Olympic triumph as a boost. This will help keep the Olympic legacy alive in the region.
"With our new fleet of kayaks we will be able to provide even more opportunities for children and we have already organised a Paddle Power programme for the October school holidays to get youngsters afloat and active."
For more information on Adventure Aberdeen's activities programme visit www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/adventureaberdeen
Adventure Aberdeen is a not-for-profit City Council service providing outdoor activities to education, social care and community establishments across the city.