On Saturday 9th July, Cardiff International White Water received another accolade, being designated as a British Canoe Union and Canoe Wales Paddlesport High Performance Centre.
A new multi-sport event for young children, “Gemau Cymru “, took place in Cardiff between 8 – 10th July 2011. This event showcased nine different, competitive sports namely Athletics, Gymnastics, Swimming and Canoeing. Cardiff was chosen as the ideal setting for the first ever Gemau Cymru, and captured the spirit of the London 2012 Games whilst delivering a lasting sporting legacy for Wales.
During this event, CIWW was presented with a plaque to confirm the centre as a British Canoe Union and Canoe Wales High Performance Centre.
CIWW becomes one of only four elite centres across the UK, with only one other located in Wales. This is a second award for CIWW since being voted ‘Best Visitor Experience’ in Wales just 6 months after opening.
Accepting the award, Councillor Nigel Howells, Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture said:
“As a Capital for Sport, Cardiff Council recognises the important role sport plays in enriching people’s lives. During the Gemau Cyrmu event, many schools and youth groups have been encouraged to participate in a variety of sports, using the Capital’s exceptional facilities as a showcase for young talent.
“I was both proud and privileged to accept the British Canoe Union award on behalf of Cardiff International White Water. Cardiff, as well as hosting pre-games training camps and being a venue for Olympic football, is positively encouraging children and young people to partake and enjoy sport, and we look forward to taking an active role in the 2012 Olympics.”