Canoe Slalom

Canoe Slalom British Open

🛶 Lee Valley White Water Centre is the place to be this weekend for the 2021 Canoe Slalom British Open.  Spectator details to follow as soon as published.

Scene of the canoe slalom at the London 2012 Olympics, fast-paced non-stop action is guaranteed today as the best GB competitors battle for honours in the British Open.

Canoe slalom – an Olympic discipline – takes place on a whitewater course with athletes navigating through a combination of up and downstream gates.  The course is no more than 300 metres in length containing a maximum of 25 gates of which a minimum of six are upstream.  Athletes must navigate the course as quickly as possible in the knowledge that time penalties can be incurred for touching or missing a gate.

Canoe slalom is contested by two types of boat, canoe (C) and kayak (K).  In canoe, a single-blade paddle is used by an athlete who is strapped into the boat with their legs bent at the knees and tucked under their body, in contrast to the double-bladed paddle used in a seated position in kayak.  The leading athletes will aim to complete the course in a time of around 90-110 seconds.

🛶 Racing starts at tbc.

🎟️ Admission details will appear here as soon as confirmed.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: There is free parking at Lee Valley White Water Centre however it can get busy so car sharing is advised.  Alternatively the venue is just a 10 minute walk from Waltham Cross station.  More information can be found on the Lee Valley website.

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