Ed McKeever, born Edward Daniel McKeever in Bath on the 27th August 1983 is one of Britain’s brightest hopes for a medal in London 2012. Ed has won the World, European and Olympic title in K1 200m.
Ed joined his first canoe club in Bradford-on-Avon aged 12 when a school friend introduced him to the sport, his natural ability and talent for Kayaking soon became apparent. He first represented the Great British Team at the 2001 Junior World Championships in Curitiba, Brazil in 2001 finishing ninth, and progressed through to the GB senior team at the World Championships in Gainsville, USA in 2003 and has competed at every World Championship since.
A promising junior athlete Ed’s main focus was on the 500m K1 but the discipline was dropped from the Olympic program in 2009. A shift to the shorter and more explosive 200m K1 suited Ed’s physiology and within 12 months he’d become the European Champion. Before the end of the season he had become World Champion. With the 200m K1 introduced to the 2012 Olympics for the first time, Ed was one of Britain’s brightest hopes for an Olympic gold medal in London. He did not fail to disappoint, powering to Gold in front of a packed home crowd at Dorney Lake.
As well as his sporting achievements, Ed has a BA Hons in Accountancy and Finance. Ed continues his accountancy studies around training and competing and will shortly be fully qualified as an ACCA chartered accountant.