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Franklin believes switching coaches will give her an edge in medal hunt


Olympic silver medallist Mallory Franklin believes switching coaches will give her a crucial edge ahead of the new internatio­nal canoe slalom season.

After more than ten years working alongside Craig Morris, the Windsor star has switched to two-time Olympic silver medallist Richard Hounslow.

Under Morris, Franklin won silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, five World Championsh­ip golds and six European golds.

But after a decade of success, the C1 world number two felt the time was ripe for a change. Having worked with Craig and had the success I had with him, I think it probably surprised people that I moved away from that,” said Franklin. “Our training group with Kimberley (Woods, world bronze medallist) and I was a very successful training group, but it meant there were a lot of athletes, with both of us doubling up. It's five athletes at every race, and there was a lot of time there. I just felt like I wanted to have more time with my coach. I’m experienci­ng and trying to build a new relationsh­ip and get to that same level of being able to perform, the autonomy and freedom on race day. For me, this year is a little bit more about building that relationsh­ip and getting to a really good point with it. I used to be coached by Craig Morris and had been for ten-plus years. I made the decision at the end of last season to change coaches. It’s a bit of a crazy one and an odd change, but I feel like I needed it at this point.”

Franklin is the leading light of the British slalom team embarking on the first internatio­nal racing season of the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle. She will continue to double up in canoe and kayak discipline­s with the season culminatin­g in the ICF World Championsh­ips in Munich, coming 50 years after the city hosted the 1972 Games.

She added: “It’s Olympic selection next year, so you’re always going to want to get results. I’m going into this year, and I’d love to be medalling again, but realistica­lly it’s about building that picture and trying to push on even further next year.”

British Canoeing is the National Governing Body for paddlespor­ts in the UK. If you've been inspired by Mallory and want to try paddling, visit the Go Paddling website at:

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