Published Thursday 12 July 2012

New Zealand slalom kayaker Luuka Jones was one of over 80 athletes who had the opportunity to participate in the final practice session on the Olympic slalom course, at the Lee Valley White Water Center.

Luuka and fellow slalom kayaker Mike Dawson will be two of 61 men and 21 women that will compete at the canoe slalom venue once competition begins on the 29th of July.

The Lee Valley White Water Centre is located 30 kilometers north of the Olympic Park. The venue features both a 300 metre Olympic standard competition course, with a 5.5 metre descent, and a 160 metre intermediate/training course with a 1.6 metre descent.

Construction of the facility, along with a 10,000 square metre lake, began in July and was completed in December 2010. The lake feeds a system of pumps that provide the course with 13 cubic metres of water per second. The white water conditions are created by these pumps and obstacles placed along the course.

Lee Valley opened in spring 2011 as the only brand new London 2012 venue that the public have been able to use ahead of the Games.

After the Games, the two courses and the facilities building will remain, with the venue once again becoming a world-class canoeing and kayaking facility for people of all levels of ability, and a major leisure attraction for white water rafting.

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