Stafford & Stone Canoe Club donated £2,500 ahead of big celebration

The club has has produced more Olympians than any other in the UK

Staffordshire outfit Stafford & Stone Canoe Club has been given a donation of £2,500 ahead of a celebratory event next year.

The club, which marks its 50th anniversary in 2023, has produced 10 Olympians since it was founded.

Slalom canoeist Adam Burgess, who narrowly missed out on a bronze medal at last year’s delayed 2020 Tokyo Games, is one of them.

JCB decided to donate the money to enable the purchase of three new canoes as it looks to nurture more future Olympians.

They were given their first outing on the Trent and Mersey Canal at Stone in a training session hosted by Burgess.

He said: “It’s so important that the club has the highest standard of equipment possible to give all the young people joining the best chance to progress. So it’s fantastic that JCB is supporting the club in this way.

“I joined the club at the age of 10 and it was the best decision of my life.

“All the training I did with them from a very young age has turned me into the athlete I am today.”



Canoe club: We are thrilled

Burgess (centre) with Thomas Kent, 12, and Molly Woods, 11

Adrian Croome, Stafford & Stone Canoe Club secretary, added: “We are thrilled to receive this support from JCB as we approach our 50th anniversary next year.

“It helps us to build on everything we have achieved in the last half century.

“Stafford and Stone Canoe Club has produced more Olympians than any other club in the UK. Support like this ensures we can continue to nurture the athletes of the future, as well as give local youngsters the opportunity to develop an interest in a fantastic sport.”

A JCB spokesman said: “Stafford and Stone Canoe Club has gone from strength to strength over nearly half a century and has given hundreds of young people the opportunity to get involved in a rewarding and challenging sport.

“We are delighted to support them with this donation.”

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