London 2012

Freestyle Canoeing at London 2012

At last the London 2012 Olympics has arrived and the weather has begun to improve. It’s a chance to get out and about with the camera but on this occasion not looking for wildlife.

We managed to get down to the Lee Valley White Water Centre on the second day to see the Heats of the Women’s K1 and the Men’s C2. Great atmosphere at the event and despite some of the negative comments in the press prior to the start. I can honestly say that the organisation and security was all extremely well done. Special mention must go to the all the volunteers working really hard to add to the atmosphere of the occasion.

C2 Gold Medal winners Tim Baillie and Etienne Stot

C2 Gold Medal winners Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott

Lee Valley White Water Centre

The white water venue is also something to behold, great views of the course and the 13 cubic metres per second (13 tons) of water pumping down the course is certainly an impressive sight. Added to that we were able to see the eventual gold medal winners, Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott, and silver medal winners, David Florence and Richard Hounslow,  of the C2 in action. As well as Lizze Neave in the K1 who finished second in the heats.

C2 Silver medalist David Florence and Richard Hounslow

Despite being sat fairly high in the stands there were ample opportunities to try and get some action shots. After the main events we saw a demonstration of freestyle canoeing which I think provided the best action shot which I sent to the local paper and appeared in today’s edition, a first for me.

Lizze Neave in the K1 at London 2012

Lizze Neave in the K1 at London 2012