A cup of tea with… Craig Ayres

Craig Ayres is a kayaker from London. A plumbing and heating engineer by trade, he trains for his sport on the side. He has competed in the World Extreme Kayaking Championships 2011 and 2012 coming 55th and 64th respectively. Then in 2013 he joined the Kayaking British Squad and the Canoe British Team in 2014.

What have been the proudest moments of your career history to date?

Being a late starter to my sport my proudest moment was finally making the kayaking British team in 2013.

What are your fitness plans for this next year?

I had an operation back in May so I need to continue with my recovery but I am also working towards British team selections in February and March. Hopefully I will then move on to compete in the world championships in Ottawa Canada at the end of August.

Do you have you heart set on any particular goal for the future?

I will continue to work towards my long-term goals of reaching a final in an international extreme race, Representing Great Britain at a world freestyle championship and reaching top 20 for the British slalom season.

Which Deluxe product would you recommend to others and why?

Glucosomine sulphate and joint extreme definitely helps increase the training load I can undertake.

Which person has influenced you most in your life?

It’s hard to pick out a stand-out person who has had the most influence on me, but definitely up there is Aaron from Squarerock – the owner of my team and who took me on from the beginning – and Mally of Performance1 who helped me with my training programs and performance goals.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Goal setting and visualisation has become a vital part of my training. Ensure goals are realistic and achievable and set them on your own performance and not on what others can or may do to stop you.

What is on your bucket list that you haven’t got round to doing yet?

When my competitive career starts to slow down I intend to move into expeditions and explore new rivers.

What is your perfect way to unwind on a weekend?

A nice chilled session on a wave with a big group of mates.

Not many people know this about me but….

I started my sporting career as a middle distance runner and only started kayaking when I injured my knee and had to find a different sport.

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