WHITEWATER PARKS INTERNATIONAL and the LEE VALLEY WHITE WATER CENTRE

London 2012 CEO Paul Deighton commends the design team and the creative planning that went into launching the world's newest & most accessible whitewater venue.

 

Being hailed as "best of its type, anywhere in the world" the Centre hosted more than 10,000 visitors opening weekend, many of whom decended the same rapids as Olympians did this year.

 

Aerial view of the venue, including the facilities building, the staging lake environs, and WPI's innovative Olympic and "Legacy Loop" dual-channel design.

 

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne inaugurates Lee Valley Whitewater Centre at the December 9, 2010 Completion Ceremony, unveiling the first newly built London 2012 Olympic venue

 

Olympic Delivery Authority Chairman John Armitt offers praise and appreciation during the completion ceremony, particularly to the many dedicated planning efforts put forward by the project team during the preceeding four years under the ODA's direction

FACILITY LAUNCHES

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Following a media launch earlier in the week, the Lee Valley White Water Centre ceremoniously opened its gates to the public on April 22, 2011, providing unprecedented Legacy benefits a full 15 months before the Games.

Besides a momentous grand opening, the Centre also announced being awarded the 2015 World Championships and conducted the 2011 British National Team Selection, all inside its first month of operation.

COMPLETION CEREMONY

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Over the past year, national teams have been training in anticipation of Olympic events. In addition, the venue has been open to the public for significant portions of 2011and 2012, offering rafting and other community-based whitewater activities, delivering on its pre-Games legacy.

CONSTRUCTION PHASE

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ODA Project Sponsor Colin Naish talks about the construction process and the various venue components at Lee Valley White Water Centre.

On July 22, 2010, water flowed in this unique dual-channel facility for the first time, giving birth to the world’s newest brand of purpose-built whitewater and realizing a vision for the future that was years in the making.

For more information about the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre and how to make reservations, go to: www.gowhitewater.co.uk

 

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