Olympic sports you can try at I Am Team GB events

Kids having fun on BMX bikes

Finding a sport you really love can be tricky. Just ask Dame Sarah Storey, who switched from swimming to cycling (even after winning multiple Paralympic medals in the pool!).

I Am Team GB is the perfect chance for you to try out a sport you’ve never done before, so we’ve taken a look at events happening all around the country – and found some Olympic sports that you can try on Saturday 27 August.

Canoeing / Kayaking

This is the best way to mess about on the water. In Rio, you’ll see both flat-water (speed races against other individuals / teams) and wild-water slalom (timed runs down a technically challenging course) races.

Who’s it for?

All the family can get involved, double canoes and kayaks mean even little ones can join in the fun – as long as they can swim.

Where?

There are lots of centres around the UK opening their doors for I Am Team GB. If you’re in Scotland, check out Go Paddling! near Aboyne – on the River Dee.

Kayaking is a great sport for all ages

BMX

Although BMX racing has been around since the 1960s, it only made its first appearance at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The sport is fast, furious and exciting – with up to 8 riders going head-to-head around a course packed with jumps, corners and obstacles.

Who’s it for?

You’ll need to be able to ride a bike well (although balance bike BMX is increasingly popular with younger kids).

Where?

Dedicated BMX tracks in the UK aren’t as common as they once were, but British riders such as Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips – who’ll be appearing at Rio – have ignited interest in the sport. Check out Goldcoast BMX club in Lytham Saint Annes in Lancashire for an Olympic-themed race for I Am Team GB.

BMX racing

Sailing

Team GB has enjoying some phenomenal success in Olympic sailing events – and has dominated the medal table since the Sydney Games in 2000. There’s a variety of classes and boats – from individual sailboards (windsurfers) to multi-hulled, racing catamarans (which are crewed by two sailors). Give it a go – sailing is an incredibly liberating and exhilarating sport to try.

Who’s it for?

Sailing is for everyone.

Where?

Lots of yachting and windsurfing clubs across the country are handing over the ropes for I Am Team GB. If you’re near Devon, take a look at Dart Sailability in Dartmouth who are putting on a free Disabled Sailing taster session.

Sailing boats

Fencing

Did you know that fencing has featured in every Olympic Games since the first modern summer Olympics in 1896? It’s a fun, highly technical sport – with lots of fast thrusts, parries and lunges.

Who’s it for?

Everyone. You can fancy yourself as a budding Captain Jack Sparrow at any age!

Where?

The Lisburn Gladiators Fencing Club, just South of Belfast is putting on a taster session inviting would-be Jedis, Musketeers and pirates for I Am Team GB.

Fencers facing off against each other.

Badminton

You might be surprised to know that badminton has only been a regular Olympic sport since 1992. It’s a great family game for up to 4 people at a time to play.

Who’s it for?

You can play badminton at any age – doubles and singles matches open up the court to mixed ages and abilities. All you need are good reactions.

Where?

Lots of sports centres are opening their doors for I Am Team GB Badminton taster sessions – why not check out Sport Dyson Perrins leisure centre in the beautiful Malvern Hills?

Badminton