Sophie Ogilvie draws inspiration from her teammates in her bid for Olympic success

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Falkirk slalom canoeist Sophie Ogilvie is taking inspiration from teammate Mallory Franklin in her bid for similar Olympic success.

The 22-year-old paddler was recently selected for her third senior international team and used Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Franklin as a role model on how to be the best.

Training at the Lee Valley White Water Center in Hertfordshire has given Ogilvie every opportunity to learn from a number of experienced and decorated athletes – a golden opportunity which she cherishes.

“You can train with some of the best paddlers in the world, not just in Britain,” Ogilvie said.

“You have Mallory, Kim Woods and the guys. It’s really cool and you can work with each other and be part of a team.

“It’s something that not everyone gets, to have amazing athletes to watch training, and it helps me to keep going and be more like them, to see what they do that makes them feel better. makes it so good.”

Ogilvie found international success for the first time in 2018 with the K1 team taking bronze at the World Junior and Under-23 Championships.

His first senior season came in 2019 and won European gold in the C1 team event, alongside Franklin and Woods, and they won silver in 2021.

For Ogilvie, working with Franklin day in and day out is as inspiring as it sounds and the Scotsman certainly took notes.

She said: “I watch Mallory, how she paddles and how well she reacts on the water.

“She’s using her strengths. She’s slightly taller and has long levers, she’s an amazing athlete to look up to and see how dynamic she is on the water.

“I try to use her strengths and my strengths and try to paddle like her, but I also have my own style.”

Ogilvie is one of a long line of Scots who paved the way for British canoeing. David Florence of Aberdeen is Britain’s most decorated Olympic slalom canoeist.

Ogilvie is joined in the 2022 squad by Bradley Forbes-Cryans from Midlothian and Peter Linksted from Falkirk.

Moving south to settle in Lee Valley, the C1 athlete is happy to know that there will always be a bit of Scotland with her.

She said: “It’s nice to have a few Scots in the squad and to have a home away from home.

“It’s something that I really miss being back home, this culture of being at home.

“It’s good to come together as a team of Britons and to have your fellow Scots in the squad.”

British Canoeing is the national governing body for paddle sports in the UK. If you’ve been inspired by Bradley and want to try paddling, visit the Go Paddling website https://gopaddling.info

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