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- 02 August 2013 00:00
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Maria Miller, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has officially unveiled the new £6.3 million pavilion at Lee Valley White Water Centre’s new pavilion.
The state-of-the-art facility, which has been built as part of the investment in the London 2012 legacy, features a gym and physiotherapy suite, meeting rooms and offices for the British Canoe Union (BCU), the sport’s National Governing Body.
The investment has also seen additional changing rooms built and further parking and viewing facilities ahead of the 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships that will take place at the venue.
"Nearly a year on, the Lee Valley Water Centre is a fantastic example of the London 2012 legacy in action, and the extra investment will make it an even better venue,” said the Culture Secretary.
"The Centre was a huge success last summer for Team GB and today young people are getting the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of our inspiring British athletes, competing at the same venue in the schools festival.
"The centre will continue to inspire future generations of athletes as part of the Olympic legacy and we’ll see the elite athletes back here for the 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships.”
Miller was joined by London 2012 Canoe Slalom gold medallists Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie, who returned to the scene of their triumph to witness the completion of the first phase of post-Olympics development work at the centre.
"The memories of the London 2012 Games will never leave us and it’s great to see so many young people coming to Lee Valley White Water Centre and taking to the same water where we achieved our win,” said Baille.
"We hope that we can inspire more young people to take up paddle sport and having these facilities can help to unearth the sport’s future champions.”
Lee Valley White Water Centre has attracted nearly 200,000 visitors, and is in daily use, with a number of successful legacy projects involving all levels, from complete beginners to elite athletes.
Since opening, the centre with 46,000 people having rafted at the centre and over 16,000 participants have tried canoeing or kayaking.