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JCB Apprentice Designs New Olympian Canoe Livery

A JCB apprentice is flying the flag for great British design after winning a competition to create a stunning new canoe livery for Olympian Adam Burgess.

JCB-sponsored Adam, who has his sights set on the Paris 2024 Olympics, challenged JCB apprentices and graduates to come up with a new eye-catching look for his boat.

And an impressive design by engineering degree apprentice Nihal Dhillon, 21, came out as clear favourite – skilfully incorporating the famous JCB yellow and the company’s proud British heritage with the Union Jack.

Nihal, who works at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester, joined the JCB degree apprenticeship scheme in 2019. He said: “I am delighted that my design has been chosen. It will be amazing to see it in major competitions across the world and maybe even at the Olympics. I took some design inspiration from the JCB Dieselmax car and the World’s Fastest Tractor, which feature a similar Union Jack theme.”

Unveiling the new livery with Nihal at JCB’s World Headquarters, Adam, of Stone, said: “The design is just brilliant; it is dynamic and stylish and really captures the essence of our collaboration. The new canoe will be used at all my international competitions over the next two years, and I hope to do JCB and Nihal proud when I take to the water in it.”

Adam, who has been sponsored by JCB since 2020, presented Nihal with a selection of items from his Team GB Olympics kit as a prize for coming up with the design.

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