Articles - Mini-Interview with Mallory Franklin GB's Rising Canoe Slalom Star

Canoe Slalom Star Mallory Franklin
Canoe Slalom Star Mallory Franklin
Canoe & Kayak Editorial - Posted on 09 Jun 2016
As a senior world cup gold medalist, double European silver medallist and World Championship silver medalist, Mallory Franklin is one of Britain’s leading lights in ladies canoe slalom, having surged into the senior ranks from a successful junior career. She now has her sights set on adding to her World Champs medal collection with a gold on home soil when the ICF World Canoe Slalom Championship comes to the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre in September. We caught up with Mallory to get a little insight into her career so far…

Firstly, can you give us a sense of what it has taken to get to the level you’re at in Canoe Slalom?Canoe Slalom Star Mallory Franklin Image courtesey of British Canoeing
It has taken years of training, both physically and mentally, to get to the level in the sport where I currently am. I train around 20-hours a week including gym, cardio and on-the-water sessions in my boat. The training schedule requires me to plan my time carefully around my commitments, I am currently at the University of Bedfordshire (Luton Campus) studying Sports Therapy as a full time degree, I live at home in Windsor and I drive to both training and Uni. I have been through many years of ups and downs. It takes mental stability to be able to build on each performance, either good or bad and learn for the next race.

You’re a hugely dedicated athlete, can you talk us through an average week training?
At the moment I am doing slightly less training than I would during the winter due to my heavy race schedule. In the winter I would do three gym sessions a week, three cardio sessions (cycing and swimming), around six to seven paddling sessions, on both the flat and whitewater. I train mostly at home although I travel to Lee Valley White Water Center for my whitewater sessions and gym.

How did it feel to push into the senior ranks so successfully?
I guess I started C1 in the senior ranks, in 2009 I achieved selection to the senior world championship team, since then I have been on the senior team every year competing at the Championships and world cups. Over the past two/three years I have begun to perform to my ability and been pushing the medals and achieving great performances. It has felt really good to get the results that, in my opinion, relate to my ability.

Which results stand out as a highlights of you career so far and why?
For me there is actually only one result that stands out as a highlight of my career so far; my 2013 U23 European gold medal, this medal for me came at the end of a really solid race run and really, truly felt like a gold medal run. It's a feeling I hope to repeat a lot in the future.

What is your ultimate goal? Can you give us a brief insight to the stages in reaching that goal?
I guess I have one main goal in my canoeing career, I would be happy with my career if I could look back and say I did my best in every situation and worked my hardest to do my absolute best. As anyone in the sport does, I do have a goal to go to the Olympics and hopefully win a gold medal, but I am heavily of the opinion that if you base all your happiness on an outcome, you risk never being happy.

Can you give some words of advice for those looking to get into slalom canoeing and progress through the ranks?
I would say, get out on the water and enjoy it! Getting comfortable on the water and comfortable in your boat is the most important thing and it is the one main thing that will help you progress through the ranks.

Thanks Mallory, and all the best for the rest of the season and the World Champs in September

To follow Mallory’s results and training visit, and follow her on Twitter @Mall_Franklin

Want to watch Mallory in World Championship action at Lee Valley? Head to for tickets and to find out more


Recently Added Articles

10 Canoeing & Kayaking Activities to Try This Summer

10 Jun 2016

Trying something new is a great way to keep your kayaking & canoeing fresh and fun this summer...

How to Get Started in Canoe Slalom

09 Jun 2016

Fast & Clean The Thrills & Skills of Canoe Slalom Racing

ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships-September 16th and 20th

08 Jun 2016

One hundred days from now, the biggest global canoeing event outside of the Olympic Games will return to the UK for the first time in 20 years. 300 of the world’s top Canoe Slalom athletes from 55

Lee Valley 'Olympic' White Water Course Guide

05 May 2016

Looking for Whitewater kayaking action in London & the South East? Then check out this useful guide to the Lee Valley 'Olympic' White Water Centre...

Coastal Safety - stay safe on the sea with your kayak this summer

01 May 2016

Essential info, for kayakers, from the RNLI, on staying safe at sea this summer

10 Great Reasons to Book on a Canoeing or Kayaking Course

30 Apr 2016

Booking on to a course is a great way to fast track your personal skills and increase your knowledge.

Others in this Category

A Kayaking Pilgrimage of Heroes - The Pilgrim Bandits vs. The Gironde Estuary

12 Jun 2014

A demanding kayaking challenge in the paddle strokes of the Cockleshell Heroes

Interview with Adventurer Dave Cornthwaite - Stand Up Paddle Boarding The Mississippi River

30 May 2014

A modern day adventurer Dave’s on a mission to complete 25 journeys, all over a thousand miles and all utilising non-motorised transport.

In Memory of Brian Webb - Hurley Weir Lock Keeper from 1966-2003

15 Nov 2013

As a mark of respect, and affection for Brian and to remind everyone what a true gentleman he was we’d re-run the following interview. It was conducted by Andy ‘Jacko’ Jackson and originally published

Progressive Whitewater Kayak Coaching - An Interview with Top Whitewater Kayak Coach Simon Westgarth

27 Feb 2013

Insightful and frank interview with leading whitewater kayaking coach and course provider Simon Westgarth

Simon Westgarth - Gene 17 - Canoe & Kayak UK Professional Coach of the Year

28 Sep 2012

Simon Westgarth of Gene17 wins Canoe & Kayak UK Professional Coach of the Year 2012 Award

Canoe & Kayak UK Professional Coach of the Year 2011 - Highly Commended - Dave Rossetter

15 Dec 2011

Find out why we awarded Standing Waves Coach Dave Rossetter a 'Highly Commended' in the Canoe & Kayak UK Professional Coach of the Year Award category.

RSS Feeds YouTube Twitter Facebook E-Newsletter
Advertisement Picture

Advertisement Picture