Name and/or nickname: David Walters
Date of birth: 24/12/1958
Family: Married with two sons
Current job: All Voluntary: Cancer Research UK, Duke of Edinburgh’s Scheme & Sea Kayak Instructor
Connection to Armed Forces: Royal Marines 23 years (including the Falklands Conflict)
Kayaking or rowing history, if any: Devizes Westminster Race (1980), Several Irish Sea Crossings, 5* Sea Leader and Level 2 Coach
Why have you chosen to compete in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe and Kayak Race as part of the Cockleshell Endeavour team? I was invited to join the team as a last minute replacement and feel the opportunity to raise funds to assist PTSD and The Royal Marines Charity are worthy of the challenge to complete the race again, though I doubt I’ll beat my time from 37 years ago!.
Date of birth: November 9, 1987 age 29
Hometown: Newburyport Massachusetts USA
Family (marital status, children etc.): Single
Current job: Merchant Marine Officer with the US Navy, A professional Stand-up Paddleboard racer
Connection to Armed Forces: I work for the US Navy as a Merchant Marine Officer and currently an Active Navy Rescue Swimmer.
Kayaking or rowing history, if any: Been Stand-up paddleboard racing for 4 years. Ranked top 5 in the Northeast of the United States.
Why have you chosen to compete in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe and Kayak Race as part of the Cockleshell Endeavour team? This opportunity came about when the original paddler had to dropout due to an injuring. I just happened to know the right people to get offered this opportunity to compete with the Cockleshell Endeavour Team. I am looking forward to this experience.