• Phil Packer

GB Canoe Slalom U23 World Champion & multiple World & European medallist, Adam Burgess, joins BRIT

We are delighted that Adam has joined our BRIT Ambassador family.

Adam has won two world titles, one European title and 15 medals across age categories and disciplines at World and European Championships. Adam competes in the Canoe Single (C1) and won the Team GB Nomination to race at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Adam Burgess - U23 World Champion and multiple World and European medallist

“Having been a university student, and competing with young canoeists as part of the Great Britain Canoeing Team for over 13 years, I know mental health can have devastating consequences for students and young adults. It is so important to signpost anyone who needs help to charities and support services; I am delighted that The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) are promoting Samaritans and Shout. It is also crucial that we know the signs of when someone may be struggling to cope, so that we can help others and make sure they do not feel isolated or alone; I am encouraged to see BRIT partnering with other charities who provide vital support to young adults and students.


BRIT are a collaborative charity who are uniting the Education, Sport and Charity sectors to support and improve the mental health and fitness of millions of students and young adults throughout the UK. It is awesome to see so many governing bodies, organisations and charities championing, promoting and endorsing their work.


The BRIT 2021 Challenge is a super opportunity to improve the mental health and fitness of students at every UK university and college. I urge every university and college to embrace the challenge, enter a team and promote the opportunity so their students can take part. Teams can be a whole university, students’ union, campus, department or even a sports team or canoeing club; the idea is to encourage as many students and staff to take part as possible.


The BRIT 2021 Challenge is enabling students and young adults to unite wherever they are (at home or on campus) and take part in a feel-good challenge to raise vital funds for charities who support young adult mental health, all while improving mental health and fitness. There are many ways to add distance to your team’s target including wheel-chair pushing, walking, jogging, running, cycling, hand-cycling, swimming, adaptive rowing, rowing or paddling.


I am delighted to be joining the BRIT Ambassador family and look forward to encouraging and supporting students at Nottingham Trent University as they take on the BRIT 2021 Challenge. I know Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University and the University of Leicester have already entered teams and I hope they will be able to encourage the University of Nottingham, University of Northampton, University of Derby and De Montfort University to join them, so students throughout the East Midlands can participate. I also hope to encourage my fellow Olympic, Paralympic and Great Britain canoeists to join me as BRIT Ambassadors so together, we can encourage universities and colleges to enter teams and take on the BRIT 2021 Challenge”.

Adam Burgess - BRIT Ambassador

Adam was educated at Alleyne’s High School in Stone and Dayncourt School. He left home and changed schools at 16 to pursue a Canoe Slalom career.


Between 2010 and 2014, Adam completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Science and Management at Nottingham Trent University.


Adam is a British Slalom Canoeist who has competed at international level since 2008.

He competed at three Junior World Championships in the C1 event and three European Championships in the C2 boat from 2010 to 2015 with Greg Pitt.


In 2013 and 2015, Adam won bronze as part of the Great Britain C2 team at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships.


Adam had a fantastic 2015 season and became Great Britain’s first ever U23 World Champion in C1 and was a finalist at the senior World Championships.

In 2017, Adam won his first World Cup medal, taking bronze at World Cup 3 in Markkleeberg, Germany. In that same year he won silver in the C1 team at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships.


In 2018, Adam won silver at the European Championships in Prague, was a regular finalist in the World Cup series and at the ICF World Championships, won bronze in the C1 team.


Adam has qualified to represent Great Britain in the C1 event at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.


For more information about Adam and the GB Team, please visit the British Canoeing website.