Weekend in the Life of Broxbourne 5th Feb
Visit to the WWCC
By Annie Thomas
On Friday 5th February I organised a group from the Hertford and Ware School Sports Partnership (H&WSSP) to visit some of the sites for the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I took the group of Primary teachers, School Sports Coordinators and 2 Young Ambassadors on a tour to the White Water Canoe Centre site in Waltham Cross, the Lee Valley Athletics Centre and then to the Olympic Park Viewing Gallery.
The group first visited the site of the Canoe Slalom events for 2012. Due to open in April 2011, the site is really beginning to take shape with the main building now clearly visible and the 300m long slalom course becoming ever more obvious. Young Ambassador Rachael writes: “We started the day at the White Water Canoe Centre, soon to be the site of the Olympic canoe slalom competition: although at present only a muddy field, you can really grasp the scale of the site, we could see the start point of the course and although only in total a five metre drop this was still an impressive site to see the paths outline twisting and turning down the slope. We walked along the edge and you could almost imagine the crowds, the athletes racing down, the site was a hive of activity and there was a sense of real sense of excitement about the place.”
This site is the ‘jewel in the crown’ for Hertfordshire as it will leave a permanent Olympic legacy in the County and will be available for public use as well as being used for future national and international events.
As someone who is passionate about the Olympics and a Broxbourne resident for over 30 years I am simply thrilled that we will have an Olympic venue in the Borough and the main Olympic Park right on our doorstep.
I can’t wait!!!