Mallory Franklin is one of Britain’s top canoers. As part of Team GB’s Senior Women’s team for C1 (Canoe Slalom) and with silver medals at both European and World Championship level she’s also a strong contender for a spot on the British team for Tokyo 2020.
Hailing from Windsor, home of Legoland, Mallory was just five when she decided to get stuck into something more adrenaline fueled than playing with plastic bricks. Her passion for canoeing and kayaking began at a pretty early age and it turns out that a humble burnt burger was what started her journey to becoming a World Cup medallist.
‘I’ve always been a water baby, I swum my first length when I was one and a half or something stupid because I wanted to go on the big inflatables. I’ve always really liked being around water and I guess canoeing and kayaking is kind of the perfect sport for that really.
“I’ve always been a water baby, I swum my first length when I was one and a half”
‘I started canoeing and kayaking when I was nearly six, so quite a long time ago now. I used to live in Windsor and the canoe club there is based right next to the leisure centre. Me and my brother were just trying to find something to do. The canoe club was having a massive open day with loads of boats out, big barbecue, typical thing you want to get involved in and we went down and have pretty much been paddling ever since.’