WINDSOR-based World Cup gold medallist Mallory Franklin says she wants to create history and leave a legacy for posterity to remember.

Franklin is Great Britain’s most decorated female canoeist, scooping a remarkable haul of 11 medals in 2018 and winning C1 and K1 gold at this year’s World Cup at Lee Valley.

She is now targeting a spot on Team GB’s Olympic squad in Tokyo next year, hoping to impress at the World Championships in Spain this month to secure a call-up. Her ambitions however go further than merely short term aims.

“I aspire to show excellence and I want to be remembered for my paddling and leave a legacy behind me,” the former University of Bedfordshire student said.

“My goal has always been to be one of the best in the world but for a prolonged period of time rather than to become an Olympic champion.

“Of course, I would like to win a gold medal at the games, but one of my main goals is to sit at number one in the world for a couple of years. That shows that you have been the best for a long time and that will bring medals along with it.

“My ultimate goal now is to get that one available Olympic spot, but I’ve had a good year even if I’m not able to do that.”

In addition to her individual success, Franklin also won the C1 European team title for the fourth successive time in 2019, aided by fellow paddlers Kimberley Woods and Sophie Ogilvie.

Her attention now turns to the future with a vital year looming that culminates in Tokyo next summer. Franklin is hoping to take inspiration from her past triumphs in order to secure a spot in the boat.

“Within canoeing things change so quickly, so each year just disappears into the next one, but last year was one I will always remember,” she added.

“I’ve always been in a position where I know I can deliver but never quite been able to get there, so to get my first K1 medals last season was amazing.

“In this sport the quickest doesn’t always finish first, so on the day you just have to be at your best because it can be so inconsistent.

“As the games approach you try to forget that the selection is taking place because you just need to put down the fastest run you can on the day.”

Great Britain’s slalom paddlers will be competing on home soil at the European Canoe Slalom Championships presented by Jaffa on 15-17 May 2020 at Lee Valley White Water Centre.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 1 October. Full booking details on priority tickets are available at https://www.britishcanoeingevents.org.uk/