GB Rafting ace fundraising for this year’s World Championships

Woolsery's Kim Snape is fundraising after being selected to represent the Great Britain rafting team at the under-23 White Water World Championships in November.

Snape, one of a seven-strong team, has been selected to compete in New Zealand later this year.

As the sport does not receive any Lottery or Sport England funding, the team have to raise their own funds to make the trip to New Zealand and compete against other young teams from around the world.

"It's all self-funded and will cost about £13,000 for the seven of us.

"That includes everything; travel, accommodation and the £2,000 entry fee.

"We've been running quizzes and curry nights to raise as much money as possible.

"We're breaking it down into little bits and looking at getting one big company to sponsor our boat.

"So far, the biggest individual donation we've had is £500 and I've raised nearly £2,000 in total."

Kim took up kayaking while at Bideford College and has been doing outdoor adventure activities ever since, travelling around the world to the French Alps and Austria.

The former Petroc student, whose rise is made even more remarkable by the fact she's only been rafting since last year, is now a full-time volunteer outdoor instructor in Wales.

"Whether underground, climbing rock faces or summiting mountains I am happy, but nothing compares to being in fast flowing rivers," she said.

As for rafting, she was introduced to the sport by a woman she used to work with.

"A woman I worked with is one of the Women's GB rafting team and she took me out one day and I joined in. I'm into all sorts of outdoor sports and this was another one I enjoyed."

Since then, Kim has trained with the Ladies' GB team and built her own local team, which instantly began winning competitions. She then set about introducing the current junior squad to the sport.

The under-23 team's preparations have been stepped up a notch recently, with increasingly difficult courses being taken on.

"We're training in various locations. We've just come back from London, where we had a go on the Olympic course.

"It was a big jump up for us but we coped pretty well."

To follow Kim's exploits find them on Twitter and Facebook, or to donate send to gbrjuniorraftteam@gmail.com via PayPal.