The world’s top canoe slalom athletes will return to Lee Valley White Water Centre this summer after the London 2012 Olympic venue was confirmed as host for the first race of the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Series (6-8 June 2014).
The event forms part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, an ambitious programme to bring up to 70 world class sporting events to the UK by 2019 to help build a strong legacy from the outstanding success of London 2012.
Lee Valley White Water Centre will stage the first of the five events on the 2014 World Cup calendar before the centre comes back into the spotlight in 2015 when it holds the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships (16-20 September).
British Canoe Union CEO Paul Owen said:
Bringing major events to the UK is hugely important for our athletes, for the venue’s local community and of course to inspire a new generation of canoeists.
Since the Olympics, more than £6 million has been invested into new training facilities, an elite centre, additional car parking and landscaping to enhance the experience for paddlers and spectators.
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Chief Executive Shaun Dawson said:
We’re thrilled to be hosting the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup – the first major international competition since the Games – at Lee Valley White Water Centre in 2014. During London 2012 the centre welcomed around 55,000 spectators who were privileged to witness Team GB’s amazing performance in achieving gold and silver in the canoe slalom event and I’m sure this event will also be a big draw for sports fans across the country.
UK Sport Director of Major Events Simon Morton said:
The 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup will be the first major international event at Lee Valley White Water Centre since London 2012, and we are delighted to welcome the international canoeing family back to one of our legacy venues.