Olympic champions hail Lee Valley white water centre as "best in the world"

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Olympic and World champions were present at the official reopening of a white water centre today.

Reigning World Champion Richard Hounslow and Olympic champions Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie were present for the official reopening of the The Lee Valley facility in Station Road, Waltham Cross.

The centre has had a £6.3m refurbishment since hosting the Olympic canoeing events in 2012 and is now home to Great Britain’s elite canoeists.

The facility is also used as a training centre for talented young athletes and a venue for the public to have a fun day out.

Richard Hounslow said: “This is the best white water centre in the world and it will benefit the athletes immensely.

“There are bigger drops here and a more challenging course than our previous course in Nottingham, which is about 30 years old now.”

Olympic gold medallist Tim Baillie said: “I’m incredibly inspired by how this venue has been an incredible success.

“The skiing equivalent would be to build an alpine mountain on the outskirts of London.”

Shaun Dawson Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: “As well as benefiting the elite athletes and next generation of paddlers, everyone will be able to take advantage of this inspirational world class venue.”

In a response to the demand for the centre's services the redevelopment includes increased parking and changing facilities and an extension to the cafe as well as building a new pavilion on the site.

The centre has received about 350,000 visitors since it opened in 2011 and is expected to receive around a 30 per cent increase on that figure in the next three years.

The project was funded by Sport England and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and British Canoe Union.

 

 

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7:24am Fri 28 Feb 14

SillyCnut says...

The fact that so much money has gone into supporting a minority sport will give me a warm and fuzzy feeling as I queue in A&E for several hours due to lack of doctors. Enjoy yourselves canoeists!
The fact that so much money has gone into supporting a minority sport will give me a warm and fuzzy feeling as I queue in A&E for several hours due to lack of doctors. Enjoy yourselves canoeists! SillyCnut
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9:59am Fri 28 Feb 14

KateT says...

Very proud to have a world class sporting venue in Waltham Abbey that puts our town on the map as an international destination and give local young people a legacy venue. Not sure why previous comment refers that the money should have gone to support doctors as if funding from Sport England, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and British Canoe Union could help the NHS! Besides it may be a minority sport, but we did win gold and silver Olympic medals in the canoe slalom!
Very proud to have a world class sporting venue in Waltham Abbey that puts our town on the map as an international destination and give local young people a legacy venue. Not sure why previous comment refers that the money should have gone to support doctors as if funding from Sport England, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and British Canoe Union could help the NHS! Besides it may be a minority sport, but we did win gold and silver Olympic medals in the canoe slalom! KateT
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10:39am Fri 28 Feb 14

SillyCnut says...

KateT wrote:
Very proud to have a world class sporting venue in Waltham Abbey that puts our town on the map as an international destination and give local young people a legacy venue. Not sure why previous comment refers that the money should have gone to support doctors as if funding from Sport England, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and British Canoe Union could help the NHS! Besides it may be a minority sport, but we did win gold and silver Olympic medals in the canoe slalom!
but we did win gold and silver Olympic medals in the canoe slalom!

and........?
[quote][p][bold]KateT[/bold] wrote: Very proud to have a world class sporting venue in Waltham Abbey that puts our town on the map as an international destination and give local young people a legacy venue. Not sure why previous comment refers that the money should have gone to support doctors as if funding from Sport England, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and British Canoe Union could help the NHS! Besides it may be a minority sport, but we did win gold and silver Olympic medals in the canoe slalom![/p][/quote]but we did win gold and silver Olympic medals in the canoe slalom! and........? SillyCnut
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11:38am Fri 28 Feb 14

stickmanny says...

and........

We are the 7th richest nation on the planet. Of course we can afford this Centre and the NHS and a whole lot more besides.

The level of public spending is a political decision.
and........ We are the 7th richest nation on the planet. Of course we can afford this Centre and the NHS and a whole lot more besides. The level of public spending is a political decision. stickmanny
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1:20pm Fri 28 Feb 14

SillyCnut says...

stickmanny wrote:
and........

We are the 7th richest nation on the planet. Of course we can afford this Centre and the NHS and a whole lot more besides.

The level of public spending is a political decision.
I don't believe it is the government's place to provide sporting facilities for a few, when the majority need so much, regardless of how "rich" we are as a nation.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: and........ We are the 7th richest nation on the planet. Of course we can afford this Centre and the NHS and a whole lot more besides. The level of public spending is a political decision.[/p][/quote]I don't believe it is the government's place to provide sporting facilities for a few, when the majority need so much, regardless of how "rich" we are as a nation. SillyCnut
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8:14pm Fri 28 Feb 14

stickmanny says...

All sports are minority but they all promote health. I'd say health promotion is exactly what government should be spending money on.

Maybe the majority do need more than they are getting but again, that is a political issue much less a financial one.
All sports are minority but they all promote health. I'd say health promotion is exactly what government should be spending money on. Maybe the majority do need more than they are getting but again, that is a political issue much less a financial one. stickmanny
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