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London 2012 Olympics – First brand new venue opens at Lee Valley

December 9th, 2010

The first London Olympics 2012 venue to be built from scrathch open is to be declared open by the Princes Royal.

The £31m project, which incorporates the 2012 Olympic slalom canoe course, was finished on schedule and will be open to the public from April 2011.

Britain’s top canoeists have exclusive use of the facilities until that time.

“I’ve been waiting for this course for such a long time – it’s absolutely brilliant,” said GB’s Richard Hounslow.

Until now, World bronze medallist Hounslow and his British team-mates had trained at Nottingham’s Holme Pierrepont course.

But the entire squad will now move from Nottingham to Hertfordshire and base themselves at Lee Valley ahead of London 2012, offering what could prove a crucial home advantage.

“Our programme has chosen to relocate and, personally, I think that’s a brilliant idea,” said Hounslow.

“To train here day in, day out, will be so good for us.

“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.”

source/full story: bbc

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