Olympic Reunion

A special reunion was held in April 2012 for the 1972 (Munich) Olympic Canoe Slalom Team and other members of the National Team from that time.  The photo, taken by John Freeman, is of Geoff Dinsdale (front) and Mike Hillyard (dad, back) as they attack the London 2012 slalom course at the Lea Valley White Water centre.  They dusted off their orginal C2 boat, paddles, buoyancy aids, spray decks, cags and hats for the occasion.  Such an equipment, technique and material contrast to the sport of C2 today!  Fantastic to get gold and silver at London 2012, our first ever C2 Olympic gold.

Dad still has his racing-green, two-piece tracksuit with its Great Britain World Championships 1969 logo.  It is brilliantly nylon, with a zip ribbed roll-neck and thin tapered trousers with stirrups to keep them tensioned when on.  I remember as kids we weren’t (rightly) allowed to borrow the tracksuit for a 70s fancy dress event…   The finishing time and penalty points for the run have not been disclosed.

Dad & Geoff Sept 2012