Robert Eggleston

November 2023: Many thanks to all those who have donated in legacy of Robert including from paddling kit company NRS. The fund remains open for donations in legacy.

Scottish kayaker, Robert Eggleston passed away in hospital on 3rd August 2022, after a tragic kayaking accident Norway.

Following his death, Robert’s family asked for donations to be given to the Access Fund in his memory.

(Image: Facebook, Scottish Whitewater)

Robert was a top whitewater paddler with a positive attitude and infectious smile. He represented Waka Kayaks and was named U21 Male Paddler of the Year 2021 in December.

(Image: Waka Kayaks)

In 2021, he paddled the Rondu Gorge of the Indus, the Zambezi in Africa, first descents and laps of classics in Norway, high water runs in Wales and Scotland, and throughout Chile.

Waka Kayaks described him as “talented beyond his years”. They said: “Robert Eggleston lost his life a few days ago doing what he loved. We have been so grateful to have Robert in our Waka team.

An incredibly talented paddler, never lacking in adventurous spirit, highly respected and living life to its fullest. You will be hugely missed by so many. Aroha nui. Rest In Peace.”

(Image: Waka Kayaks)

The Scottish Whitewater community have set up a memorial spot for Robert on the banks of the River Tummel with a model kayak. People can record their lap times and leave a message to Robert in a book.

The UK’s Flow Kayaks added: “Robert quickly became the face of Scottish whitewater and recognised globally by the Paddlesport community, he will never be forgotten.

“He really was setting the bar for style and control, unlike anyone I’d seen before and I could’ve watched him paddle and progress for a lifetime.”

(Image: Facebook)

The memorial to Robert at River Tummel. Heartfelt condolences go out to Gary, Heather, Katie and all the family on their tragic loss.

Robert will be so sadly missed by his family, friends and the Scottish and worldwide paddling community.