Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) has won the ‘Facility of the Year’ award from Canoe and Kayak UK, Britain’s leading canoe magazine.
CIWW topped the chart, beating other high profile venues including the ‘Lee Valley White Water Centre’ that was a host venue at the London 2012 Olympics.
The judges commentated that they were “consistently impressed with how paddler-friendly the running and organisation of CIWW is…and paddlers always feel welcomed by the friendly and enthusiastic staff. CIWW is one of the country’s best venues and a deserving winner of the CKUK Facility of the Year.”
Cabinet Member for Sport, Culture and Leisure, Cllr Huw Thomas said “The on-demand white water course is an exceptional facility for paddlers, and it provides a variety of great courses that can be enjoyed by different age groups, from beginners through to elite.
“Events such as the 2012 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup, which saw Olympic silver medallists David Florence and Richard Hounslow emerge victorious, have also helped CIWW firmly establish itself as a world class venue for paddle sports.”
He added: “”This award also shows what a great asset the staff are to the centre and how their commitment helps provide a first class service to those using the facility, I would like to personally congratulate them on this achievement."
The venue is open all year around and provides a variety of exciting courses from Canoe and Kayaking to Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Visitors can also enjoy adrenaline fuelled white water rafting sessions.
It also provides a variety of packages from hen and stag parties to corporate and team building days.
In Spring 2013 CIWW will open an indoor simulated surf machine, which will add further to the visitor experience. Suitable for all abilities from board sport enthusiasts to complete beginners the machine will provide everyone in the capital the chance to ‘hit the surf’ in the city.
The new machine in Cardiff will be one of only a handful of machines that offers a double-lane surfing experience which means that, meaning groups of friends and family can take the plunge together.