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Olympic champions go separate ways

Going separate ways

Olympic canoe slalom champion Etienne Stott is hunting for a new teammate.

His partner Tim Bailee, pictured left, has announced his retirement. They've competed together for a decade and hit the headlines at London 2012 by winning the Mens C2 event at Lea Valley in Hertfordshire.

Etienne Stott, from Bedfordshire, says it's the ned of a chapter.

Bedford Olympic gold medalist to receive Honorary Degree

Canoeist Etienne Stott is to be presented with an Honorary Degree by the University of Bedfordshire tomorrow.
Canoeist Etienne Stott is to be presented with an Honorary Degree by the University of Bedfordshire tomorrow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the region's Olympic gold medallists is about to receive another honour.

Canoeist Etienne Stott is already a Freeman of Bedford and an MBE.

Now he's to be presented with an Honorary Degree by the University of Bedfordshire tomorrow.

Stott and partner Tim Baillie, became the first Britons to win Olympic canoeing gold at London 2012.

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Bedfordshire Olympian awarded MBE

Etienne Stott
Etienne Stott poses alongside fellow Olympian Tim Baillie Credit: Etienne Stott

Bedfordshire Olympian, Etienne Stott, has been awarded an MBE.

The gold medal winning slalom canoeist picked up the honour at Buckingham Palace along with team mate Tim Baillie.

The sports star tweeted: "An incredible visit to the Palace to collect my MBE! I felt like a balloon filled to the maximum with patriotism!"

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Gold-winner's dad is pleased as punch

Etienne's dad delighted at son's medal win
Etienne's dad delighted at son's medal win Credit: Lauren Carter, ITV Anglia

Mike Stott, the father of Olympic canoeist Etienne, says he is "the proudest dad in the world" after his son won gold in the two-man slalom.

He said: "I think it's great for Bedford - we're good at water sports, we've just proved it!"

Etienne and team mate Tim Baillie powered their way to Olympic gold, beating fellow Brits David Florence and Richard Hounslow into Silver.

Golden slot: mailbox gets Olympic paint job

The Royal Mail mark Etienne Stott's Olympic success
The Royal Mail mark Etienne Stott's Olympic success Credit: Lauren Carter, ITV Anglia

The Royal Mail have used a gold brush to celebrate Team GB's gold rush - by painting mailboxes gold in the home town's of Olympic winners.

Canoeist Etienne Stott's home town of Bedford received the honour this morning. The two-man slalom champ also had a commemorative stamp launched to mark the feat.

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The golden slot Credit: Lauren Carter, ITV Anglia
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