Linlithgow kayaker Sean Redmond has taken another step towards his long term goal of competing in an Olympic Games.
The 20 year old sprint kayaker was part of a 15-strong development team British Canoeing sent to compete in the Canoe Sprint World Cup at Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal.
The aim was for the young paddlers to experience the unfamiliar territory of a senior international.
Redmond took full advantage, exceeding his expectations by finishing fourth in the men’s K1 500m semi-final, missing out on the final by just one place to finish 13th overall.
Teaming up with new partner Tom Lusty in the men’s K2 1000m the pair finished 16th overall.
Sean said: “I was really pleased, particularly with my K1. I did my absolute best and I couldn’t have asked for any more, apart from the final.
“It was amazing being there, experiencing the atmosphere and being amongst the Olympic athletes.
“I was competing against the top athletes in the world who are faster and more experienced than me.
‘‘I learnt a lot from watching how they race, the different tactics they use and how they act when they are off the water.
“Also, it set’s a marker for me so I know how fast I need to be eventually.
‘‘I don’t plan on stopping until I reach my ultimate goal of the Olympics at Tokyo in 2020.”
Redmond has been paddling since he was 10 years old and discovered a kayak racing club literally across the road from his house.
He is a member of British Canoeing’s development programme and has finished as high as sixth in K1 500m in a junior European Championships.
Sean is planning a move to London on completion of his sport science HND this summer, a change that will advance both his education and kayaking career.
He us currenty coached at home by Kristina Medovcikova and commutes to London every fortnight to train with British Canoeing at London 2012 Olympic venue, Dorney Lakes.