Edinburgh canoeist David Florence has been using an usual piece of equipment – a calculator – as he prepares to get his World Cup Final campaign underway in Pau, south-west France tomorrow.
The 33-year-old would love to add a second C1 slalom title to his two World Championship gold medals and two Olympic silvers, but this summer’s World Cup has been so competitive that four other paddlers are also in contention with 23 points covering the top five.
Czech Stanislav Jezek is in pole position after the first four races of the season, but Florence is only 19 points behind. And, with double points on offer in Pau and 120 going to the winner, Florence believes he can still claim his first World Cup crown since 2009.
“There’s still everything to play for, especially with double points available this weekend,” he said.
The Forth Canoe Club stalwart is also competing in the C2 doubles with Rich Hounslow ahead of next month’s World Championships in London.