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Canoe Slalom World Cup Returns To Cardiff

Article Date: 16/04/2013


Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Canoe Slalom World Cup, which will take place from 21 to 23 June, at Cardiff International White Water (CIWW).  

This is the second World Cup event awarded by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) to CIWW and it will give spectators the chance to see world-class water sport heroes, including teams who competed and won medals in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Cabinet Member for Sport, Culture and Leisure, Cllr Huw Thomas, said: “Cardiff has proven time and time again that we can hold world class sporting events and CIWW and the International Sports Village development helps us attract a whole new sporting audience to the city.

“It’s fantastic news that the Canoe Slalom World Cup will return to Cardiff again this summer where spectators will be able to see Olympic gold and silver medal winning athletes competing. It’s also such a great opportunity for children to see the action up close, and hopefully inspire them into taking part in the sport.”

The competitors will ride a 250m adrenaline fuelled course, racing through up to 25 gates in raging rapids. Exhibition stands at the trade village will also be selling the latest in paddle kit and water sports equipment.

Tickets are also available for visitors to watch the athletes train on the white water from 17 to 20 June before the live competition.

With over 30 nations competing, the World Cup Series is the most prestigious event for canoe slalom professionals and is one of the most exciting canoe slalom events in the calendar for paddlers and spectators alike.

David Florence and Richard Hounslow competed in Cardiff at 2012 and won the C2 Gold in the Welsh capital, ahead of going on to attain Olympic glory at London 2012, winning a Silver medal for Team GB . They will be back this year to defend their titles, and also to compete individually.

Richard said: “At the Olympics the team did fantastically well.  At the Cardiff World
Cup people will be able to see gold and silver medal winning boats competing, which will be a great spectacle.   People enjoyed watching canoe slalom at the Olympics and we need to try and keep that momentum going. ”

Advance adult tickets cost from only £5.50 and can be bought from www.canoecardiff2013.com

There will be a big screen with footage of all the live action, as well as tips on key skills and medal hopefuls to watch out for. High adrenalin music from a live DJ will add to the excitement for the Trade Village selling fantastic brands, alongside the water.