Fiona Pennie

Great Britain Canoe Slalom Athlete | World Championship Medallist | European Champion 2013 | Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 Olympian | On the Road to Tokyo

Look how young I looked and how different my kit was in 2012 - the last time I didn't make it past the qualifying stage! Today in Prague (my favourite course to race on) was an agonising fight til the end. Gate 13 (yes that number again) was the undoing of me on both qualifying runs and added to other little mistakes, I had no chance of progressing to the semi final. Next stop is the World Champs in 3 weeks time. I'll be doing everything to find what it is that I need to bring the best race runs that have eluded me since selection.

36,477 days old, 48 days to go til the tonne! Lovely to see Grandpa looking his normal cheery self in hospital today. The knee is on the mend and he'll be back causing mischief at home on Tuesday! #BetterApplyForTheQueensLetter!

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Today would have been this pair of legends' 40th Wedding Anniversary. Presumably Dad is joking around wherever he is to celebrate! #MissYou #GoneTooSoon

What a difference a week makes! Had a little fight with a pole on our last day of training in La Seu last week....the pole won! Thanks to the instant delivery of a steri-strip from physio Andy, it's all healed up now and my good/bad (delete as you see appropriate!) looks are here to stay!

Nice morning oot! Reminding the legs what cycling is whilst I take the workload off the arms! Views worth the climb!

Well, that was an experience! Thank you @pink for your ingenuity, fun, genuineness, inspiration (no Mum, I'm not going into acrobatics!) and love for every single one of us filling Wembley ("can we have an 80 000 person cuddle??") As somebody who is called a boy everyday, the self-love speech once again rang true. I wish I could play it on a speaker everytime I walk into public toilets....maybe I should?? If you somehow missed that famous 2017 VMA speech, look it up, but the crux of it goes like this: "And I said to her, 'Do you see me growing my hair?' She said, 'No, Mama.' I said, 'Do you see me changing my body?' 'No, Mama.' 'Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?' 'No, Mama.' 'Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?' 'Yes, Mama.' 'OK! So, baby girl. We don't change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.' It hurts when I hear that female athletes don't want to do weights because of what their body will become, or worse, they quit their sport entirely for that reason. Who's going to care when you become the rockstars of your sport? Personally, I can't imagine not having these guns. Besides all the things I couldn't then lift or do, life would be a lot less fun! #pink #wedontchange #strongwomen #womeninsport #shorthairdontcare #androgyny #badass #rockstar

Dallerie was looking spectacular for the @morrisonsacademy Sports yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed my time watching all the events going on and it was a privilege to present the prizes. On my last Sports Day as a pupil in 2000, the prizes were presented by Emma Carrick-Anderson. I remember thinking I wanted to be just as good an athlete to have the chance of presenting the prizes one day. That day finally came! ✅ Who will be the next MA Olympian?? #SportsDay #MorrisonsAcademy #StriveForTheHighest #EmmaCarrickAnderson #Olympian

Big day! Absolutely honour to be presenting the prizes at the @morrisonsacademy Sports Day today. Time to dust off these 20 year old spikes for the Former Pupil relay! At least I've now figured out an easier way to put the spikes in....see second picture 🤣

2 months, 6 days. Miss you Dad and your wink and look of pride just for me! Happy 67th Fathers Day Grandpa! 💙💙💙

Unlucky 13 was certainly unlucky for me in our home World Cup Race 1 at Lee Valley. Good enough sections at the top and the bottom of the course but came apart in the middle of the course. Couldn't quite correct a line error before the crutial section at gates 19 to 20 which meant I lost too much time there. Too much time lost for a chance of a place in the final. So, so disappointed I didn't manage to put something down. Thank you so much to everyone who came to support me on the riverbank and from home. Time to move forward to the rest of the season!

Ach so close to a final! So many little things on that run could have been the 0.08 second difference. Happy Birthday Dad, know you're still supporting me from somewhere; didn't quite send you the birthday present I was hoping for! 💙😘 Onwards home to Lee Valley for World Cup 1 in 2 weeks time!

🇪🇺European Championships🇪🇺 Leaving behind that team run from today! Off to tomorrow's semi-final. My run is at 11:26BST. No livestreaming because of TV rights! So unless you have access to France 3, Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene or German TV then the live results in my bio will have to do! 📷: @kim_jones_photography #CanoeSlalom #EuropeanChampionships