British Open & White Water Weekender

Lee Valley White Water Centre
British Open & White Water Weekender
Lee Valley White Water Centre
Station Road
Waltham Cross

Saturday, 16 September 2017 to Sunday, 17 September 2017
From 09:00
Free to spectate

British Slalom Open

As part of the British Canoeing Event Series, Lee Valley White Water Centre is hosting one of the country's biggest canoe slalom events. Join us and watch our Olympic heroes competing back on home water for the first time since the Rio games.

The event will see individuals compete for two days of intense slalom racing and competitors will be battling it out for a place in the final heats. Qualifications will take place on Saturday and the semi-finals and finals on Sunday.

Bring your own chair and choose where you want to watch the action. Food and refreshments available from The Terrace Bar & Café or at the Finish Line Café with our newly added course-side beach!

Meet Team GBs Canoe Slalom Olympic Medallists - Photo and Autograph Sessions

After another great Olympics for the GB Team we welcome them back following the Rio 2016 success and give you the opportunity to meet the GB canoe slalom quartet Joe Clarke, David Florence, Richard Hounslow and Fiona Pennie during this weekend of paddlesport!

Joe Clarke delivered a breathtaking run at his first Olympics in Rio becoming the men's K1 Olympic champion, winning Team GB's second gold of the games.

Following silver in the 2012 London Olympic Games, Team GB duo David Florence and Richard Hounslow did another great performance in Rio bagging the silver spot once again.

Fiona Pennie came a respectable sixth place in the women's K1 finals, her best Olympic result yet, setting her up for an amazing bronze medal at the World Cup Finals held in Slovenia!

Each session will last approximately 30 minutes, giving you the chance to meet and greet, get photographs and autographs with these inspirational athletes. The times for the sessions are:

  • Saturday 17 September – 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00

  • Sunday 18 September - 10:30, 11:00 and 14:00

Clarke, Florence and Hounslow will not be competing in this weekend’s British Open but Fiona Pennie will be in action, alongside other international athletes from the British team.

Make sure you don't miss a chat show held with the athletes on Saturday at 19:00, talking about their first hand Olympic experiences on Lee Valley White Water Centre's terrace over looking the Olympic course.


White Water Weekender

In addition to the British Slalom Open, the weekend incorporates a festival of paddlesport that's FREE to spectators with a lot of have-a-go activities to get involved in. There will be go canoeing and white water rafting sessions, trade stands galore plus British Canoeing Olympic athletes autograph signings and picture sessions. It's sure to be a weekend of jam packed paddle action!

Canoe Polo

Canoe polo we hear you ask? Think water polo but in a canoe. Combining paddling and ball control, watch teams battle it out on our lake in this fast paced exciting sport.

This event will only take place on Saturday 17th September.

British Rafting Open

Teams of 4 or 6 will compete in a variety of disciplines such as sprint, slalom and endurance races. Some take place on the white water and some on the lake, so it's a real test of technique!

Fancy taking part?

Get a taste of the action and have a go yourself in our mini rafting competition. 

  • All participants must be aged 14+ and weigh under 18 stone

  • Rafts hold a maximum of 5 people - you can book as a team or an individual and we'll team you up with others

  • Entry is free but pre-booking is required - more information on how to book will be coming soon

Please note: this event will take place on Saturday only.


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