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85 year old Don hits the rapids at Lee Valley White Water Centre

85 year old Don Tozer has become one of the oldest to tackle Lee Valley’s famous Olympic run, where Team GB won gold and silver in the London 2012 canoe slalom event.

The thrill seeking great grandad from Hertford celebrated turning 85 by taking a white knuckle ride down the frothy waters of Lee Valley White Water centre.  He took on the course in a fast moving raft, along with 17 members of his family; including some of his nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and three children.

Don is no stranger to the white water course and had already tested the Olympic run in a raft once before, five years ago when he was 80. He is a keen sportsman, having run the London Marathon at the age of 75 and continues to keep himself fit on his cross-trainer.

“I had a thrilling time - what a way to spend my birthday!” said Don after his exhilarating ride.

It was particularly special as so many of my children and grandchildren were with me rafting and enjoying the thrilling ride down the fast moving waters of such a fantastic venue. Maybe I’ll give it another go for another milestone birthday- you never know!

– Don Tozer

Paskell Blackwell, Lee Valley White Water Centre’s General Manager said:  “It’s wonderful that Don chose to celebrate his big birthday at our venue with his family. 

"We get a very wide age range of people trying our white water adventures, but he is definitely one of the oldest to be up for it."