An aspiring canoeist
Frome Lions have supported a local canoeist – Jacob Lines – since 2017. Jacob is a member Frome Canoe Club and became the youngest paddler in the West Country to reach Canoe Slalom’s Premier Division.
Jacob is driven by his long-term goal to represent Great Britain in the sport at the Olympic Games. “I know it’s going to be tough” he said, “but I believe in myself to keep getting the good results and I’m putting a lot of hard work to get them. I train twice a week with Frome Canoe Club, as well as training sessions at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham and the Olympic Course at Lee Valley. I also put in time at gym sessions and one-to-one strength and conditioning coaching. I want to thank everyone at the Lions, as well as all my coaches at Frome Canoe Club and British Canoeing for all the help and support they give me, and my family who give up a lot to allow me to train and race.”
Post lockdown, with racing now re-commencing, Jacob has continued to progress and has gained promotion to the Premier Division in canoe as well as kayak; one of only 2 young-men in his age group to achieve this.