Tim Baillie named Ambassador for Transition Extreme

Olympic gold medal canoeist Tim Baillie has been announced as the first sports ambassador for Aberdeen based extreme sports social enterprise Transition Extreme.

Baillie – who won the canoe slalom C2 event last year – will support the work of Transition Extreme. Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott Baillie (front) won C2 gold alongside Etienne Stott.

The Duke of York opened the £2.7m extreme sports centre in 2007.

Baillie, of Westhill, said: “I was keen to help. I would have been over the moon if there had been that sort of facility around when I was growing up.”

Baillie is to promote and support the work of the company, which helps encourage young people through extreme sports and creative arts.

He commented ‘I have been relatively fortunate with the opportunities I have had but having something in your life you are passionate about can give people structure they might otherwise lack’.

Transition Extreme chief executive Grahame Paterson said: “We have firmly established Transition Extreme as a leading adventure sports provider, social enterprise and youth work charity in the region.

“We want to mark and celebrate the significant contribution we make across sport, health, employability and education through the appointment of ambassadors who can help communicate the value and impact we bring.

“Tim has achieved a great deal in his young life.”

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Barney Crockett: “Transition Extreme is one of Aberdeen’s real success stories, which has gone from strength to strength in providing exciting and positive experiences for very many young people. The City Council is extremely proud to have helped to get the centre off the ground in the first place and delighted to continue to support it.

“Tim’s Olympic achievements will make him a very effective ambassador for the centre and a positive role model for the thousands of young people who regularly attend, and I wish him every success in his new role.”

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Baillie and partner Etienne Stott qualified through the heats for the C-2 event on 30 July, and subsequently progressed to the semi-final.

The semi-final consisted of one run each, with the six best competitors qualifying for the final. Baillie and Stott finished in sixth place, taking the final spot and consequently qualifying for the final. As a result of their sixth place finish, the slowest qualifying time out of the six remaining competitors, Baillie and Stott ran first in the final, securing a time of 106.41.

The time was not beaten, with Baillie and Stott winning the gold medal in front of a 12,000 strong home crowd at the Lee Valley White Water Centre on 2 August.

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