A brief video from the opening day at Dorney Lake for the British Canoe Sprint Team (Elite Squad). Helen Grant Minister of Sport opened the facility on March 3rd 2015.

The British Canoeing post on the opening of the Tim Brabants Elite Training Centre

London 2012 Olympic medallists Ed McKeever, Jonathan Schofield and Liam Heath, along with other squad members were there to welcome Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport and Tourism as she performed the official opening.
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John Anderson MBE, performance director of British Canoeing, said creating the perfect training environment at Dorney had been the organisation’s long-term target.

“This excellent new facility retains close proximity to the English Institute of Sport support function at Bisham Abbey and still enables us to make use of the world class water provision at Dorney Lake,” he added.

“What we have created here will have an immediate positive impact on training and will assist us greatly to deliver our best performances in Rio.”
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Rod Carr, Chair of UK Sport, said:

“To achieve world class performances, athletes and staff need access to world class facilities. This new training centre will help the sprint programme at British Canoeing achieve their potential at this critical time on the road to Rio.

“The fantastic facility will also be a jewel in the crown of British Canoeing and a venue that the next generation of canoe sprint athletes in the talent pathway will aspire to train at."

“The success of this project is testament to the strong working relationship between UK Sport, Sport England and British Canoeing.”

Charles Johnston, Sport England’s Property Director, said:

“If our athletes are going to continue to be successful on the international stage, they need training facilities that meet their very specific need. That’s what we have at Dorney Lake now.

“This project has created a truly world class environment for our elite paddlers to thrive in. It comes as a result of a strong partnership between Sport England and UK Sport and a joint commitment to develop the network of elite training centres in England”.

Tim Brabants honoured by Nottingham University

A new elite training centre for Canoe Sprint has been named after Nottingham alumnus Tim Brabant, Britain’s most successful Canoe Sprint athlete of all time.
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Britain’s best canoe sprint athletes now have world-class facilities to train in after Sports Minister Helen Grant opened a new elite centre for British Canoeing at Dorney Lake near Windsor in Berkshire.
The £679,000 Tim Brabants Elite Training Centre, was funded by Sport England, which has worked closely with elite sport experts from UK Sport and British Canoeing to give the athletes a world class, purpose-built training venue.

Prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games, British Canoeing’s main training venue lacked a suitable indoor facility, which fell well below the standard required to support elite athletes aiming for Olympic success. The new facility offers a vastly improved environment for athletes preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and beyond.

The new elite training centre features male and female changing and showers, disability changing and showers, a warm-up area, athlete rest and recovery area, a coach feedback area, coach work area, kitchens, a medical treatment room and a meeting rooms. Previous facilities had operated out of a portacabin, which had served as both a changing and meeting area.

Helen Grant said:

“It is vital that we leave no-stone unturned to give our athletes the best chances of success in Brazil and this world-class facility will help them be on top of their game when they reach the start line,” said Grant. “With investment from Sport England, working alongside UK Sport, this facility will also leave a great legacy for canoeing in this country."
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