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Liam Heath MBE

Canoe Sprint Performance: Kayaking

Loughborough University alumnus Liam Heath MBE graduated from the University with a degree in Industrial Design and Technology in 2006. Liam has competed in two consecutive Olympic Games in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Liam was introduced to kayaking at the age of 10 on holiday and following this he decided to pursue the sport. Fast forward two decades and he is the Olympic champion.

A sprint kayaker, Heath boasts three Olympic medals, his first coming alongside fellow alumnus Jon Schofield at London 2012 when the duo won bronze in the K2 200m.

Four years later at Rio 2016, the duo went one better, winning silver. But then came Liam’s golden moment, as he took victory in the K1 200m securing the Olympic gold he has always dreamed of.

Prior to the Rio Olympic Games, Liam had only recently taken up the K1 200m event, which proved a great success. He also won World Cup gold and bronze medals and became the European Champion in 2016. In fact Heath holds three European Championship golds in the K2 200m category as well as World Championship medals from 2010 onwards, when he made his international debut.

Following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Liam was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2017.

Loughborough University is proud to induct Liam Heath into the Loughborough Sport Hall of Fame.