East Ham pupils take on Olympic slalom course

Plashet School pupils on the water

Plashet School pupils on the water - Credit: Nick Boothroyd

Pupils at an East Ham school made a splash when they took on an Olympic canoeing course at Lee Valley White Water Centre.

The youngsters at Plashet School were among 500 from across London, Essex and Hertfordshire to take part in the annual Schools Festival.

They were joined by Olympic champion Etienne Stott, who partnered Tim Baillie to victory in the canoe slalom in 2012.

Derrick Ashley, chairman of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, said: “Since 2011, when the centre opened, the annual Schools Festivals at Lee Valley White Water Centre have given thousands of young people the chance to try white water rafting for free and we’re proud to provide these opportunities.

“Ten years on from the announcement of London’s successful bid and three years after hosting the London 2012 canoe slalom event Lee Valley White Water is a shining example of a successful sporting legacy.”

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The centre will host the ICF canoe slalom world championships in September.

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