David Florence

British slalom canoeist

David Florence
British slalom canoeist who competed at the international level from 1999 to 2021 Source: Google

David Florence is a world-class men’s slalom canoeist. He has three Olympic silver medals, three World Championships, and more than 25 World Cup medals, including nine gold.

Early Life and Family

David, the canoe champion, was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, on August 8, 1982. Jill Florence is his mother’s name, and George Florence is his father’s.

David was born in Aberdeen but grew up in Edinburgh. Florence lived on the same street in Edinburgh as the future world and Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy between the ages of 7 and 18.

David received his primary education at Roseburn Primary School when he was a child. Similarly, David attended Stewarts Melville College for his secondary education.

Furthermore, David is a scholar. He has an outstanding academic record. At the University of Nottingham, he studied mathematical physics.

However, he claims that the main reason he moved to Nottingham was to be close to the National Watersports Centre. He is also an all-around athlete who enjoys tennis and golf. He also enjoys skiing and is a bagpiper.

George, David’s father, works as a senior pilot for British Airways. He is, however, a former Scottish canoeing champion. In addition, David’s brother, Fraser Florence, canoes for Scotland.

David has always enjoyed canoeing. He began canoeing when he was 14 years old. He eventually decided to make it a professional career.


In 2005, David finished fourth in the European Championships and 15th in the World Championships.

Furthermore, he won bronze at the World Cup event in Seu. Similarly, David improved to sixth place in the 2006 World Championships.

He also won bronze in the C1 team and gold in the World Cup in Augsburg. David also finished fifth in the 2007 World Championships and won two World Cup medals, bronzes in Prague and Augsburg.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by David Florence (@david_florence)

In 2009, he began competing in C2 alongside Richard Hounslow, and he won bronze in the C2 team event at the 2009 World Championships in La Seu d’Urgell.

Similarly, David won a bronze medal in the C2 event at the 2010 World Championships in Tacen, as well as a bronze in the C2 team event at the 2011 World Championships in Bratislava. David also won silver in the C1 team event at the 2017 World Championships in Pau. He also won eleven medals at the World Championships, including three golds, one silver, and seven bronzes.

In 2009, the Scottish champion won the overall World Cup championship in C1. Florence has also won seven European Championship medals, including one gold, one silver, and five bronze.

David Florence was also the C1 World No. 1 for three years from 2011 to 2013.

London Olympics 2012

David qualified for the C1 event at the British trials for the London Olympics in 2012.

Since his C2 teammate Richard Hounslow qualified for the K1 event, they were allowed to start together in the C2 race as the second British boat in that category.

David was a medal favorite, especially in the C1 event, but he fell short of the final after a sloppy semifinal performance.

Unfortunately, he finished 10th, which disappointed both him and his local supporters.

He and Hounslow (who also struggled in K1) made amends in the C2 race, finishing second to their countrymen Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by David Florence (@david_florence)

Body Measurements

Scottish canoer David Florence was born in 1982. As a result, he has reached the age of 40.

According to the Chinese calendar, David was born in the Dog year.

David has no tattoos anywhere on his body. Furthermore, David greets everyone with a broad smile and has a very charming personality.

When it comes to David’s physical appearance, he has an athletic build and a strong body. Furthermore, he stands 6 feet 2 inches tall. He weighs approximately 76 kg.

Net Worth & Salary

Along with inner fulfillment and other accomplishments, David’s path has provided him with the opportunity to earn fortunes.

The canoe slalom athlete currently has a net worth of around $1.5 million. His salary, property, earnings, and other assets are still being investigated.

However, we can say that David earns enough to live a luxurious life and travel the world while canoeing and following his passion.

Astronaut Application

David had initially applied to the European Space Agency’s astronaut training program to become an astronaut.

He had filled out the application after seeing an advertisement prior to the 2008 Olympics.

The canoer was so serious about the position that he began studying Russian as well.

He was not, however, one of the four chosen from 8,400 applicants, and he received a rejection letter just before the Olympics began.

When asked about his decision to become an astronaut after winning Olympic gold, David stated that it was not a whim.

He went on to say that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apply for something extraordinary. However, despite his best efforts, he was unable to seize the opportunity.

Personal Life

Regarding his relationship, he is married. The detailed information about his wife is still unknown to the public. The couple has two children: a son and a daughter.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by David Florence (@david_florence)

Social Media Presence

The Olympian can be found on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. He has thousands of followers across all of his social media accounts.

His Facebook page has over 6k followers. Similarly, he has over 2.7k followers on Instagram and over 4.5k followers on Twitter. His accounts are all verified.



Is David Florence related to any athletes?

Yes, David comes from a sporting family. Both his father and maternal uncle won Scottish Championships. Similarly, David’s brother represented Great Britain at the World Championships. In addition, his great-grandfather was a World Billiards Champion.

Who does David consider to be his hero/idol?

David says he would never claim to have had a hero or an idol. When he first joined the C1 paddlers, he looked up to Gareth Marriott and Lukas Pollert.

Quick Facts

Full Name David Florence
Birth Date August 8, 1982
Birth Place Aberdeen, Scotland
Residence Aberdeen, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Ethnicity White
Snowboarding, surfing, languages
Food Habit Non-vegetarian
Education University of Nottingham
Zodiac Sign Leo
Chinese Zodiac Sign Dog
Favorite food Thai / Japanese
Favorite Music Belle, Sebastian, and The Smiths
Senior International Debut Competition Merano World Cup 2001
Honors Honorary Doctorate from The University of Nottingham
Father’s Name George Florence
Mother’s Name Jill Florence
Siblings Fraser Florence and Lyndsey Florence
Age 40 years old
Height 6 feet 2 inches (1.88m)
Reach Not Available
Weight 78 kg (172 lbs)
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Not Available
Profession Professional canoeist
Marital Status Married
Children Two, a son and a daughter
Net Worth $1.5 million
Social Media FacebookInstagramTwitter

What do you think?

Written by Jami Thompson

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

Tori Bowie

Tori Bowie

Breanna Tate

Breanna Tate