Emilia McAllister-Jepps

Favourite Thing: Using anything and everything to help me improve my training and performance. If I can learn anything in the process to pass on to the junior kayak and canoe members of my awesome Kayak club, then that is also a big thumbs up!



Millais School – Horsham, St John’s School – Leatherhead, Durham University


UKCC L1 Canoe Coach, Theology BA

Work History:

I’ve been training as an athlete for the last 2 and a half years, before that I worked in London after finishing at university

Current Job:



British Canoeing

About Me

Science made me an Athlete! I’m a full time Sprint Kayak athlete training with British Canoeing, my ultimate aim is to make the team for Tokyo2020

In 2014 I participated in a Talent Identification scheme called ‘Girls4Gold’. After a series of tests on my physiology, biomechanics, physical performance and psychology – all of the science – my results pointed me towards Sprint Kayaking. This was interesting as I had previously spent the last 8 years as a Rower!

Since being selected to train as a full time athlete with British Canoeing, I have been lucky enough to travel for training camps and competitions. Some highlights include competing in Canada and Germany, in particular winning a Bronze and Silver medal at the Essen International Regatta earlier this year.

I live in Nottingham with two of my friends and our house dog Lola, and train at the National Watersports Centre.


My Work

I train full time, as an athlete, for Sprint Canoeing

You may be wondering what kind of Science is involved in my training, so I’ve listed a few areas below that all contribute towards what it takes to being a World Class Athlete:

Physiology – how my body is trained to do what is required for my sport

Nutrition – how I can fuel myself in order to train and compete effectively, and to support the physiological changes I am trying to make

Psychology – how my brain can help me both in performance and the perfect formula for racing, but also how it can effect the success of a training session


If you would like to know more about how Science helps athletes to achieve, or the science behind training, then please ask me!


My Typical Day

Is very busy! I train 3 or 4 times a day 6 days a week

There are a lot of things that have to be done in order to get the most out of each day at training, from the moment I wake up, right through to the last few minutes before bed.

Typically I wake up at just before 7am, and complete my morning monitoring form. This goes straight to our support team and flags up any injury or illness which might affect training that day. We start at 8.30am with an hour of stretching, warm up exercises and a brief discussion about the day ahead.

Generally I will complete two harder training sessions each day, with slightly lighter ones between. Most mornings we start with our on water training, followed by a fitness session. In the afternoons we head to the weights room, and complete our strength programme with a conditioning session before or after; this is normally pilates or yoga.

All of our training is monitored and our Strength and Conditioning coach works with our Technical coach in order to pull the data from each session to dictate what our programme entails. There is science behind everything we do on a daily basis, whether it be using video analysis to feedback to our physiotherapist on how we can improve our body, or the food we eat and our nutritionist helping us to make sure that will enable the best performance.


What I'd do with the money

Help young athletes access the equipment that we use to bring science in to their everyday training

I would like to be able to use the money to fund equipment that can be accessed by junior athletes in order to give them the opportunity to get a taste of what it is to be in a world class training environment.

It is really important to me that anyone who wants to improve and develop their passion is given the opportunity to access the right environment and equipment to do so. By providing the use of equipment such as video analysis, and performance software, more people will be able to train effectively.

I would also like to use some of the money to help young people develop their knowledge of how to use the science of nutrition to maximise their daily training.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Determined, positive, focused… some people would probably add ‘a little bit bossy’ into that too

Who is your favourite singer or band?

I can often be found releasing my inner Beyonce, sadly I lack talent in the vocal department. At the moment I really like The Chainsmokers and Jack Garratt.

What's your favourite food?

Is ALL food and answer? As an athlete it is really important to eat well in order to optimise training and performance/

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Kayaking of course!

What did you want to be after you left school?

All I knew was that I wanted to be successful

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Not really, I was a bit of a geek

What was your favourite subject at school?

I really enjoyed Chemistry and PE, but my favourite subject was English

What's the best thing you've done in your job?

We use science all the time in training, but the coolest thing we have done so far is mapping our explosiveness and peak power out puts throughout different types of gym programme.

What or who inspired you to do what you do?

There is a huge amount of science behind how to train well, and I think that a really inspiring example of this can be found within the British Canoeing Paralympic team. They use science everyday to measure where they can find marginal gains. When you are on the start line, it gives you a lot of confidence to know that the team behind the team have explored every opportunity for you to be the best you can be.

If you weren't doing this job, what would you be?

Definitely something to do with sport – I would like to help others get in to sports through Talent Identification programmes, which is how I’ve come to be an Athlete

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

My first wish would 100% be that it would never rain when I was out on the water in my Kayak. My second wish, would be to win Gold at an Olympic Games. And last but not least I would like to be the most successful female kayaker in British History!

Tell us a joke.

The Broccoli said “I look just like a tree”, the Mushroom said “I look like an umbrella”. Then the Walnut told them “I am just like a brain”. The Banana replied “Can we change the subject….”

Other stuff

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