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Scottish Rotary club now had world champion it its ranks

Scottish Rotary club now had world champion it its ranks

A recent world record breaking canoeist recently became the club’s ambassador after working with the club since she was a child.

Up in the Highland area of Scotland, East Sutherland Rotary recently announced that Hope Gordon, a world champion canoeist who recently booked her place at the 2024 Paralympics, has joined the club as an associate member and ambassador.

Hope first got involved with Rotary as a pupil of Golspie High School through the school’s Interact club and both her and her mum Rona (who is also an associate member of Rotary) have inspired many RotaKids across the Sutherland area.

In her career as an athlete, Hope has maintained a relationship with Rotary in Scotland through speaking at different district conferences.

Hope started her athletic career as a swimmer before losing her leg in essential surgery, deciding to take up canoeing and kayaking instead.

Having taken silver at previous World Canoeing Championships, 2023’s championship in Duisburg, Germany, saw Hope claim a gold medal and a quota place at the next Olympics for Great Britain, breaking the world record in the process.

Hope has proven to be a popular public speaker and the Rotary Club of East Sutherland continue to be proud of how she inspires others to overcome their difficulties.