Fiona Pennie

Great Britain Canoe Slalom Athlete | World Championship Medallist | European Champion 2013 | World Team Champions 2019 | Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 Olympian

Enjoyed a birthday weekend of playing hockey and inspiring lots of young girls to tackle their own boat repairs...well hopefully! Amongst it all, I was so excited to receive a lovely gift from @han_e_b, the face behind @regiftable. Her reusable gift wrap is such a creative and awesome idea! It's 10 million times easier to unwrap than normal wrapping paper and sellotape too! Somebody will be sure to have this "proper Scottish" gift wrap passed onto them sometime soon to share the @regiftable love whilst helping the planet at the same time. If you haven't checked out her collection of reusable cards and gift wrap then go and have a look! #Repost @regiftable ・・・ Old shirts became fitting gift wrap for my Scottish friend! Happy birthday @fionapennie 🎁♻️ #upcycled #repurposed #reusablewrapping #ruboutandregift

24 years ago my Dad said he'd buy me the shirt of whoever won the Rugby World Cup. That year it was South Africa, so it was appropriate to pull it out today! Missed the texts going backwards and forwards with him during the match and certain the post match analysis but I'm sure he would have loved that match! #WellDoneSouthAfrica

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Nice to take a visit back to Teesside today to race the last Prem race of the season. Today's race didn't quite go my way though! Ended up parked behind the bollard in the last upstream on my 1st run and had to put the reversing lights on to get out! My 2nd run was much better but not quite enough to catch Nikita! Congrats on the win!

I had already wrapped up the 2019 overall win 2 weeks ago at the British Open so quite a number of people seemed amazed that I was even there. Some even thanking me for being there. Whether it's the World Champs or a rainy day in Teesside, I still love racing, so why wouldn't I?? This trophy has some big names on it, all of whom I remember racing against in my early years of Prem. Lynn Simpson (World Champ 1995), Rachel Crosbee (multi World and Euro medallist (and aunt to Jess Fox for your pub quiz bank of knowledge!)), Laura Blakeman (multi World and Euro medallist), Lizzie Neave (World and Euros bronze medallist amongst other world medals). I remember all of them battling out so many Prem races in order to win this title. It's a shame that winning the British Ranking Series and that No.1 bib doesn't hold that same value to some paddlers as it used to. Roll on the 2020 Prem season!

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Nice to take a visit back to Teesside today to race the last Prem race of the season. Today's race didn't quite go my way though! Ended up parked behind the bollard in the last upstream on my 1st run and had to put the reversing lights on to get out! My 2nd run was much better but not quite enough to catch @nikitasetchell! Congrats on the win! I had already wrapped up the 2019 overall win 2 weeks ago at the British Open so quite a number of people seemed amazed that I was even there. Some even thanking me for being there. Whether it's the World Champs or a rainy day in Teesside, I still love racing, so why wouldn't I?? This trophy has some big names on it, all of whom I remember racing against in my early years of Prem. Lynn Simpson (World Champ 1995), Rachel Crosbee (multi World and Euro medallist (and aunt to Jess Fox for your pub quiz bank of knowledge!)), Laura Blakeman (multi World and Euro medallist), @lizzie.neave (World and Euros bronze medallist amongst other world medals). I remember all of them battling out so many Prem races in order to win this title. It's a shame that winning the British Ranking Series and that No.1 bib doesn't hold that same value to some paddlers as it used to. Roll on the 2020 Prem season!

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Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes for Grandpa's 100th! We managed to persuade him down to the pub where he enjoyed a gin or 2 in the company of his family, the lovely Leonie his cleaner (and general do everythinger!) and many of his carers from Castle Care who look after him so well. He loved it!

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By Hand and By Heart since 1775.

Ok, so I've not been looking after my boats by hand since 1775 and nor has Ian the stillman been looking after the casks since then! But the traditions used in making and looking after the casks and the techniques used for producing The Glenturret whisky are still the same as they were back then. The Distillery houses the last remaining hand operated mash tun in Scotland and the stillmen continue to cut the spirit by eye.

This craft and attention to the small detail is what has brought The Glenturret Whisky and I together to build a special partnership. Anybody who knows me, knows I'm a perfectionist when it comes to the upkeep of a boat and I'm always in search of covering the finer details in my training. My nosing of the Glenturret whisky probably began before I even stepped into a slalom kayak! I remember many a bike ride passing the Distillery with my Dad with my fingers pinching my nose shut! I'm glad to say I now probably ride my bike slower as I pass to get a good sniff of the stuff! Fuels me for the ride up to the source of water for The Glenturret; Loch Turret. Incidentally one of my favourite places on this planet.

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By Hand and By Heart since 1775. . Ok, so I've not been looking after my boats by hand since 1775 and nor has Ian the stillman been looking after the casks since then! But the traditions used in making and looking after the casks and the techniques used for producing The Glenturret whisky are still the same as they were back then. The Distillery houses the last remaining hand operated mash tun in Scotland and the stillmen continue to cut the spirit by eye. . This craft and attention to the small detail is what has brought The Glenturret and I together to build a special partnership. Anybody who knows me, knows I'm a perfectionist when it comes to the upkeep of a boat and I'm always in search of covering the finer details in my training. . My nosing of the Glenturret whisky probably began before I even stepped into a slalom kayak! I remember many a bike ride passing the Distillery with my Dad with my fingers pinching my nose shut! I'm glad to say I now probably ride my bike slower as I pass to get a good sniff of the stuff! Fuels me for the ride up to the source of water for The Glenturret; Loch Turret. Incidentally one of my favourite places on this planet. . #ByHandAndByHeart #glenturret #HandCrafted #Perfection #Casks #Stillman

The British Open: delighted to have won it for a 5th time. This weekend's race was also Premier Race 10 of the season and so it means I've won the overall British Ranking Series for a 13th year with my 64th Premier race win! And that trophy on the right?....well I also won the old git race today too! 🤣 . #HappyBirthdayLyns #NotPastItQuiteYet #HappyDay

Happy Birthday to the most hard working, over achieving, super supportive and uber competitive person I know! @lynsdouglas, you are the greatest sidekick I could ask for and I couldn't have got through this year without you! Enjoy celebrating by watching me do my day job! Looking forward to better celebrations ahead! 😘

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This year I'm leaving La Seu a little bit sad. The World Championships were the finale to the GB Olympic selection series and in the K1W category, whoever was the top GB boat was going to take the spot. . I raced the semi-final bravely, taking on the optional moves forwards, but towards the bottom of the course I lost a snippet of time and then a much bigger chunk on the bottom drop. It meant that, like the Euros this year, I finished 11th, just outside the final by 0.8 of a second and unable to take the GB race to the final. For the mathematicians who have been following, yes Kim and I both had a win and a 2nd place as our 2 best results to be used, but the tie-break was the highest placing at the World Championships. . So I will not be going to my 3rd Olympics, I'm leaving it to the younger hands to steer the ship. Kimberley Woods - Canoe Slalom Athlete, congratulations. There is a hairdresser in the Athlete's Village, but I'm not sure about getting your lashes done! Adam Burgess - Canoe Slalom Athlete (C1M) You're going to have to put that minimalism to one side when you get all that new kit! Bradley Forbes-Cryans (K1M) Better ask them to install a driving range in the Village? Mallory Franklin - Canoe Slalom Athlete(C1W) Sorry I'm pretty sure teal will not be a feature colour of the Team GB block! . I have secured myself the Olympic reserve spot, and I will be continuing throughout next year. So, no, this old git isn't finished yet! . For now, it's time to take Ricky home slowly, enjoying some time with the long suffering Lyns through France. Then for some much needed time off at home over the next few weeks but I'll be right there for all the UK races! 👊 . Thank you to everybody for all the support throughout the whole journey and for all the messages over the last few days. Particular thanks for the support from The National Lottery UK Sport British Canoeing Glenturret @Vajda G'Power Paddles UK Peak UK and of course to the coach Gareth Wilson and training buddy Chris Bowers. . Let's go for the Euros 2020 at Lee Valley!

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This year I'm leaving La Seu a little bit sad. The World Championships were the finale to the GB Olympic selection series and in the K1W category, whoever was the top GB boat was going to take the spot. . I raced the semi-final bravely, taking on the optional moves forwards, but towards the bottom of the course I lost a snippet of time and then a much bigger chunk on the bottom drop. It meant that, like the Euros this year, I finished 11th, just outside the final by 0.8 of a second and unable to take the GB race to the final. For the mathematicians who have been following, yes Kim and I both had a win and a 2nd place as our 2 best results to be used, but the tie-break was the highest placing at the World Championships. . So I will not be going to my 3rd Olympics, I'm leaving it to the younger hands to steer the ship. @kimberleywoods , congratulations. There is a hairdresser in the Athlete's Village, but I'm not sure about getting your lashes done! @slalom_burgess (C1M) You're going to have to put that minimalism to one side when you get all that new kit! @bradleyforbescryans (K1M) Better ask them to install a driving range in the Village? @mallorysfranklin (C1W) Sorry I'm pretty sure teal will not be a feature colour of the Team GB block! . I have secured myself the Olympic reserve spot, and I will be continuing throughout next year. So, no, this old git isn't finished yet! . For now, it's time to take Ricky home slowly, enjoying some time with the long suffering @lynsdouglas through France. Then for some much needed time off at home over the next few weeks but I'll be right there for all the UK races! 👊 . Thank you to everybody for all the support throughout the whole journey and for all the messages over the last few days. Particular thanks for the support from @tnluk @uk_sport @british.canoeing @theglenturret @vajdakayaks @gpowerpaddles @peakukkayaking and of course to the coach @gazwilson1986 and training buddy @chrisbowers98. . Let's go for the Euros 2020 at Lee Valley!

On the eve of the World Championship finals day for my individual racing, I'm pleased to officially announce my new partnership with The Glenturret. I grew up less than a mile from The Glenturret so it's very close to my heart. More to follow soon, but for now, it's race time! #Repost @theglenturret ・・・ Glenturret are delighted to announce we are are now sponsoring @fionapennie, World Champion winning canoe slalom athlete! Fiona was born and raised in Crieff and used to practise her canoe slalom on the River Turret, so it seemed like the perfect pairing! We would like to congratulate Fiona, along with the her teammates, on their recent Gold for Great Britain in the Women's K1 Team event at the Canoe Slalom World Championships. Well done!! . . #BackedByGlenturret #GlenturretDistillery #CanoeSlalom #WorldChampion #RiverTurret

Finally......I AM A WORLD CHAMPION! . It's been a long time since my 1st World Championship medal and the 1st team World Championship medal in 2007! Super proud of the performance @mallorysfranklin, @kimberleywoods and I put down to bring this one home. . Part 1 done, now onto individual racing tomorrow!

The boat is prepped, the course is set and I'm itching to get on with these World Championships! Teams Day tomorrow! Yes Mum, the stools are the ones you prepped your boats on 40 odd years ago!

4 years ago, my Dad bought me my 1st Scotland top (finally realised I had stopped growing??). Watching this World Cup and every big Scotland match to come will be a little odd to not have the running analysis coming through on messages from him. I'll never forget the last Scotland match Dad got to watch; Scotland taking England to a draw in the 2019 Six Nations to ultimately win the Calcutta Cup; he was a happy man...as were the whole ward's worth of nurses who had crowded into the room to watch the final minutes! Unfortunately the Spanish programmed our paddling session today to be bang on match time so I'll have to watch later! I know the big man will be keeping an eye on it for me! . #AsOne #BackingBlue #LetsGoScotland

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.