Paddler Mike Dawson raising Rio funds with book

  • 05/04/2016
Mike Dawson (Photosport file)
Mike Dawson (Photosport file)

Kiwi kayaker Mike Dawson has found a unique way to fund his way to the Rio Olympics, by writing and publishing a cookbook.

The canoe slalom paddler is eyeing his second Olympics after qualifying at the world championships last year.

However, one mistake in his semi-final dropped him from the fastest qualifier to 28th overall, meaning his NZ High Performance funding was slashed.

Needing to raise $40,000 to complete a full preparation for Rio, the 29-year-old didn't opt go down the usual fundraising channels.

He produced a 72-page book entitled "Eat like the locals", listing recipes for his favourite meals from countries visited for adventure or competition over the last decade.

"Rather than be that guy with his hand out, I wanted to give people something they could use, something personal and interesting," he said.

"I've spent so much time travelling during my career, paddling rivers in some pretty incredible places and sampling the local food, that I decided a cookbook full of healthy recipes would be the way to go."

The book features 22 recipes, along with anecdotes from his travels and training tips.

He estimates about 2000 copies of the book, priced at $40, will need to be sold to make the venture worthwhile.

Dawson placed 15th at the 2012 London Olympics.