Donside golden boy Tim to hang up his oars

Donside Olympic gold medal winner Tim Baillie has retired from the sport that brought him glory at the London 2012 games.

34 -year-old Baillie, originally from Westhill, announced he was giving up competitive canoe slalom last week.

The Donside man won gold in the C2 event alongside Etienne Stott.

He was honoured with by being made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) and having a postbox painted gold in his hometown of Westhill (as with the case with all British gold medallists).

Baillie began his canoe career in the mid 1990s, originally competing in the K-1 category but later switching to C2.

He and partner Stott had been competing together in the two-man event for almost a decade.

Englishman Etienne Stott, also 34, will now be on the look-out for a new partner and hopes to compete in Rio 2016.

He said on Twitter that the time had come to retire tweeting: “After much thought I’ve decided to hang up my paddle & retire from international competition.”