Tim Brabants is Great Britains most successful sprint kayak racer. He has been competing as part of the British senior team since 1995 when he competed in his first senior World Championships. 1995 was also Tim's last year as a junior, having just won a Gold and Bronze at the Junior World Championships that year. Since then Tim went on to win World Cup, European and World Championship medals in the non-Olympic sport of marathon kayaking whilst continuing to improve in the Olympic discipline of sprint racing.
At the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, Tim became the first ever Briton to win an Olympic medal in kayak racing, coming home with a Bronze in the K1 (single Kayak) 1000m event. He continued to improve in Sprint racing and went on to become European Champion in 2002, 2006 and 2007. When not winning the European Championships, he generally came second. In the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 Tim broke the World Record in the K1 1000m heat (still unbeaten), but finished a disappointing fifth in the final. In 2006 Tim took a Silver in the K1 1000m event, Britain's first World Championship medal in sprint racing in 20 years. In 2007, Tim went one better and won the World Championships in the K1 1000m and followed this up the following day with a Silver in the K1 500m. These results qualified Britain's only place in kayak racing for the Beijing Olympics 2008.
In 2008, Tim went on to have his best ever season, winning the European Championships for the fourth time and many World Cup medals. At the Olympic Games in Beijing he historically took Britain's first ever Olympic Gold medal in any canoe/kayak event by winning the K1 1000m. The following day he took Bronze in the 500m event.
On top of Tim's sporting career, he qualified as a medical doctor in 2002, working part time for a few years before taking a career break since February 2006 to focus on paddling with the aim of winning two medals at the Beijing Olympics.