Aliya Razaaq speaks to one of Team GB's many Olympic medallists, but the only qualified doctor
Tim Brabants powered his way to winning the 1000 m kayaking final at the Beijing Olympics two and a half years since his last medical job in the emergency department. After contributing to the best Olympic win for Team GB for more than 100 years, the 31 year old doctor spoke about combining his sport with his professional life.
Still bronzed from his time at the Beijing games, Brabants looks a picture of health. He is busy though—our meeting is the third or fourth that day, and he has one later that evening.
Plucked from relative obscurity and thrust into the spotlight, he could be forgiven for being fazed by countless offers from media outlets. But Brabants, who graduated as a doctor in 2003, is taking it in his stride. All that has changed is that he now has a diary.
Brabants's last medical job was in 2006, as an