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Dagenham schoolkids enjoy Olympic standard rafting at Games venue

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 July 2013

Pupils from Robert Clack School, Green Lane, Dagenham, represent the borough at the third annual schools festival

Pupils from Robert Clack School, Green Lane, Dagenham, represent the borough at the third annual schools festival

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White water thrills and spills and two Olympic gold medallists awaited pupils at the third annual school festival.

Pupils from Robert Clack School, Dagenham, joined hundreds of young people to enjoy rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre, venue of the London 2012 Olympic Games, on Monday and Tuesday.

Overlooking the action were London 2012 Canoe Slalom gold medallists Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie, returning to the scene of their triumph last summer.

Mr Baillie said: “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.”

The school festival coincided with the completion of a £6.3 million development project that has seen a new pavilion overlooking the Olympic Standard Competition Course and an outdoor classroom constructed.

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s chief executive, Shaun Dawson, said: “Young people are at the heart of the Authority’s legacy commitment and Lee Valley White Water Centre schools festival enables us to engage with the community and give students a taste for what happened on their doorstep last year.”

Since opening post Games, the centre has attracted nearly 200,000 visitors.


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