As a young athlete Zac Allin came to Plas y Brenin to get some paddle training, since then he has gone on to great heights, qualifying for the Team GB slalom team for the second time just recently. He tells us a bit about his journey towards success, and how that early advice given at Plas y Brenin by his instructor Pete Catterall have served him throughout his slalom career.
- Congratulations on placing on the Team GB under 23 slalom team! How are you feeling?
Hi! It’s a great feeling to be back on the team for 2019, after picking up a neck injury last year, which took me out for the 2018 season I didn’t think I was going to be able to make the comeback; so managing to get back fit again has made making the team this year so much more of an achievement than my previous years on the team!
- How did you get into kayaking in the first place?
My parents actually met on a kayaking expedition in India so it’s in my blood! But when I was around 10 years old I was spotted by my first coach Darren Cresser and thrown into a slalom boat and the rest is history!
- You came to PYB early in your development as a kayaker – how do you think training with Plas y Brenin has influenced your journey to where you are now?
I came to PYB a long time ago now but even that one time made a massive difference in my development. I came as a young athlete just entering the sport really, having just been promoted to division 1; at Plas y Brenin I was given advice by instructor Pete Catterall which to this day I live by! Not just techniques on the water but also training and living advice which, as a young up and coming athlete, was exactly what I needed at the time. Pete since then has been watching my development and dropping tips from time to time which I can’t thank him enough for.