Olympic flame takes to water
Around 2,000 people will attend Lee Valley White Water Centre on July 7 to see the Olympic flame take to the water. In what is sure to be the most breathtaking and daring part of the Olympic torch’s journey around the country, it will be taken down the rapids at the centre in a white water raft by Beijing silver medallist David Florence and members of the GB white water rafting team led by Paskell Blackwell, who is also assistant manager at the centre. Lee Valley White Water Centre will stage the Olympic Canoe Slalom Event from July 29 to August 2. The competition will attract around 60,000 spectators. Guests invited to watch the torch’s white water ride will include youngsters and representatives of the local community. As it makes its way around the United Kingdom on its way to the Olympic opening ceremony on July 27 the Olympic torch will come within 10 miles of 95 per cent of the population.