Happy paddlers

Happy paddlers

Karen Moffat and family
Karen Moffat and family

It is thanks to the legacy of the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross Hertfordshire that Karen Moffat and her daughter Caitlyn have been brought closer together, with her now proudly training for competition ranking on the fast flowing waters of the centre’s Olympic run.

And even Karen’s son Kai (17) has had a go at both rafting and kayaking for a while until he became too tall to fit in a kayak!

Now Karen  and Caitlyn (15) virtually live and breathe the centre and mum herself has secured a job there in the kit room, working alongside champion athletes in the environment that she has grown to love, through her children embracing watersports.

Both her children have represented GB and British Canoeing- whose High Performance Centre is located at the venue and is the base for the British Canoe Slalom squad and all UK Sport funded Podium athletes. They attended the opening ceremony at the ICF World Slalom Championships held at Lee Valley White Water Centre, proudly carrying the flag of two countries along with many other children.

And while Kai has now moved on to other interests, single mum Karen (42) firmly believes that the White Water Centre has been a godsend to her family and helped to bring them closer together for a period. Karen says that for both herself and Caitlyn “this centre is home to us.”

“Caitlyn has come on in leaps and bounds, from going to her first rafting session, she is now in a team of six and they entered the British Open to be held at Lee Valley in September 2017,” she says. “This inspired her and her team to train hard, and they have a team manager and a coach.  They are aiming for the stars now, entering GB Selections in Nottingham.  And if selected, they hope to represent Great Britain in the European Championships!”

Living in Macers Court, Wormley, has also helped as housing association B3Living has been working with Lee Valley White Water Centre to offer financial support to youngsters like Kai and Caitlyn, who would otherwise struggle to take advantage of the white water centre’s facilities on their doorstep.

Karen is really proud to watch Caitlyn following in the trail of champion canoeists, who have ridden the rapids down the 300m long Olympic course, where Team GB won gold and silver in the London 2012 canoe slalom event.



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