Canoeing at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire will host the canoeing event, the British Open, this September, and groups are welcome to attend.

The British Open will take place on 17th and 18th September as part of the British Canoeing Event Series.

It’s said to be one of the country’s biggest canoeing slalom events, and some of the Olympians who have competed at Rio this summer will be there (names to be confirmed).

The qualifying races will take place on the Saturday, and the semi-finals and finals will follow on the Sunday. The events are free for spectators, and visitors are invited to bring their own chairs to watch the action.

In addition to watching the canoeing heats, groups will be able to enjoy a range of activities taking place across the weekend.

Visitors will have the chance to experience free water sports, including white water rafting and canoeing. There will also be a number of canoeing trade stands, as well as British canoeing Olympic athletes who will be signing autographs and having pictures taken with fans.

Food and refreshments will be available from The Terrace Bar & Café or at the Finish Line Café where there is a newly added course-side beach.

More about the British Open

Each year the British Open sees individuals compete over two days of intense slalom racing for a place in the final heats.

This year’s British Open will also see competition from a variety of canoeing disciplines such as Canoe Polo, Rafting and Boater X (a down river race in recreational plastic kayaks).

Shaun Dawson, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority chief executive said: “We are delighted to support the British Open which brings a host of paddling disciplines together and encourages people to take up the sport.

“The Open comes on the back of what we hope will be another successful Olympics for Team GB’s canoe slalom athletes who train at Lee Valley White Water Centre.”

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