Last week British Canoeing hosted six delegates from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport including the Deputy Head of Sport, at Lee Valley White Water Centre, in conjunction with the Lee Valley Park Authority and UK Sport.
The team wanted to visit a site to see how National Lottery money is being spent in a World Class Programme, and to see one of the most successful London 2012 venues in terms of legacy.
David Joy, CEO of British Canoeing, said: “It was a sign of our growing reputation that they chose to visit us at Lee Valley.
“They were very inquisitive about what we do, how we spend our lottery funding and the difference it makes. We were able to share our plans for the whole sport, discuss the links between performance, talent and participation and also talk about other areas they could help us with, such as access and facilities.”
As well as a tour of the facilities, meeting the athletes and learning more about performance programmes, the delegation experienced the thrill of the white water for themselves with a trip down the Olympic course on a raft.
Michael Stark, the Deputy Head of Sport for DCMS, said: "It was fantastic to get out and see the high-performance system in action - seeing the facilities at Lee Valley and the personnel it was easy to understand how British Canoeing has gone from strength to strength in recent years.
“Aside from the opportunity to learn about the organisation and watch Olympic athletes train close-up, the highlight had to be getting soaked on the Olympic course - an experience not to be forgotten quickly!”
The visit was run in partnership with UK Sport, the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Vibrant Partnerships.
Stephen Bromberg, Head of Communications at Lee Valley Regional Park, said: “Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s close relationship with British Canoeing is key to the overall success of Lee Valley White Water Centre and we were delighted to share the story of how we have worked together to create a world class legacy at Lee Valley White Water Centre.”