White water centre sessions
Brunel students have recently been given the opportunity to participate in a pre-opening water session, based at the newly built Olympic Slalom Course. The centre will host the canoeing slalom competitions at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is the first purpose built venue to be completed.
Olympic silver medallist David Florence is one of the few athletes that is luckily enough to have been granted exclusive training time at the venue. Alongside his GB team mates, David is using home advantage by negotiating the course many times a week in an attempt to gain a superior knowledge of the course before competition.
However, unlike his world rivals, Brunel students have been selected to participate in one of a number of testing sessions designed to give the full white water rafting experience. “After April (once the course opens to the public) other international teams can relocate here if they want to, but I can't see it happening, so for us it'll be a really big advantage."
Paul Dimmock Director of Sport has negotiated with Lee Valley Chief Executive Shawn Dawson the opportunity for Brunel students to participate in “a vigorous and challenging activity” and invites our “university to bring 24 individuals over 18 for a 10am or 12 noon session allowing a couple of hours in total for on-water time”.
The two courses and the facilities building will remain intact after 2012, but the temporary seats will be re-moved. The Centre will be-come a venue for canoeing and kayaking for the local community and visitors, and be suitable for beginners to elite athletes, so now is a good opportunity to see the venue in full glory
Hopes of a British medal:
Construction work on the venue started in July 2009 and there were more than 150 workers on site at the peak of construction activity. Over 150,000 cubic metres of material was put in place to form the canoe course embankments and the venue landscaping, enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall. The facilities will be joined by extensive new landscaping, plants and wildlife habitats that will help improve the sustainability and ecology of the local area. Temporary stands will allow up to 12,000 spectators to watch the Olympic events in 2012, with hopes high for a British medal.