The BBC is reporting today that work is starting on the Olympic standard Canoe Slalom and White Water Rafting Centre in Cardiff Bay.

Crane starts £13m White water canoe centre

Cardiff Bay White Water Slalom Course

Cardiff Bay White Water Slalom Course

It may be simply dipping a paddle into the water, but at a time of economic uncertainty, the suggestion by Cardiff Council leader that “It would be great for Wales if this facility could be used for the finals of the London 2012 Olympics” does illustrate the potential risk to Broxbourne as the venue for the London 2012 White Water Slalom.

Broxbourne of course is situated in the Lea Valley and not too far from London, so athletes would not have to travel too far from the Olympic Village.  However with the Governments intention of spreading the economic benefits of the Olympics around the country, a change of plan cannot be entirely ruled out.  Particularly when the economic climate is considered and work will not be starting on the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre for some months.

The Cardiff Bay development does look like a fantastic facility Wales.  It will be fantastic for the long term success of Canoe and Kayak white water slalom sport in the UK to have several World Class facilities around the country.

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