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2012 Canoe Slalom Venue foundations completed

The foundations of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) world-class White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne have been completed on schedule, as newly released aerial images show.

The White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire will host the canoe slalom events during the Olympic Games. After the Games, the venue will be owned, funded and operated by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority as a sporting and leisure facility for canoeing and white-water rafting, as well as a major competition and training venue for elite events.

The ODA started construction work started on the Broxbourne venue in July and around 50 people are now working on site.

Recent heavy rain has presented challenging conditions on site but building work remains on track. The venue is due for completion ahead of 2012, delivering an early legacy of community use and training facilities for people of all abilities before the Games begin.

“The 160m long intermediate course and commercial white water rafting on the 300m Olympic course will ensure it is an inclusive facility for all ages and abilities, in addition to provide a training ground for the next generation of elite paddlers,” said Lee Valley Regional Park Authority chief executive Shaun Dawson.

During the Games, temporary seating will be installed around the venue for spectators. After the Games, the spectator seating will be removed, and the venue will be developed into the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre.

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