London Canoe Slalom Training Camp

Fox on the Lee Valley course
Tom Collings, Friday, 4 May 2012

Australia’s Olympic canoe slalom athletes have arrived back in Australia following a successful training camp at the Lee Valley Olympic Course in London.

Two-time Olympian Warwick Draper, young gun Jessica Fox and WAIS duo Robin Jeffery and Kynan Maley were supported by Head Coach Mike Druce, Team Coaches Myriam Fox and Yann Le Pennec, as well as Physiotherapist Pat Weston as they braved the wet, windy and cold conditions!

“The weather was really windy, cold, nothing near what the athletes are used to expecting in Australia,” said Myriam Fox.

After getting over the initial cold factor Robin Jeffery and Kynan Maley performed the demonstration runs at Great Britain’s Olympic selections and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It was a great opportunity for us to measure ourselves against the Brits on the Olympic course,” said Jeffery.

“It was a different experience trying to perform on a course without any prior training, but it was really valuable because it provided feedback on what we needed to improve throughout the training camp.”

Head Coach Mike Druce was impressed with the setup and course at Lee Valley.

“It's a great course with really challenging white water. Facilities there are excellent and will be a really great showcase for the sport at the Olympic Games.”

“The course is really continuous and quite hard to keep speed on the boat. The key to racing well there is being able to keep online, staying dry in the waves and have a really excellent control in the big moves.”

Overall the camp was rated a success by all coaches.

“I think all the athletes feel really positive about paddling in London and although it is good to be back training in Penrith again we are all looking forward to getting back to London for the next Camp,” said Druce.

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