Olympic medallists back in action in Nottinghamshire

File photo dated 07/08/2012 of Great Britain's Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott (left) on their way to a gold medal in the Men's Canoe Double (C2) Final at Lee Valley White Water Centre, on the sixth day of the London 2012 Olympics. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 12, 2012. Great Britain left it late in the slalom and the sprint to win the canoeing medals they needed to achieve their aims for London 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Canoe British. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
File photo dated 07/08/2012 of Great Britain's Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott (left) on their way to a gold medal in the Men's Canoe Double (C2) Final at Lee Valley White Water Centre, on the sixth day of the London 2012 Olympics. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 12, 2012. Great Britain left it late in the slalom and the sprint to win the canoeing medals they needed to achieve their aims for London 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Canoe British. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

London 2012 Olympic medallists Etienne Stott and Richard Hounslow are set to appear with TEAM GB paddler Lizzie Neave at an exciting free canoeing event today in Nottinghamshire.

The National Water Sports Centre, which is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, hosts the McConkey Memorial Slalom 2012 over this weekend.

Qualifying rounds started today from 9am with semi-finals and finals on Sunday. The Finals of its Championship UK National Premier Division event will be on the White Water Course at the National Water Sports Centre from 5pm.

In addition, Canoe England and Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club are offering FREE fun ‘Go Canoeing’ sessions for kayakers during the weekend from 12noon-4pm.

Etienne and colleague Tim Baillie won Gold and Richard and colleague David Florence clinched Silver in their canoe slalom event at London 2012. This is the first UK Premier race since their fantastic performances.

Etienne and Tim were at the centre two weeks ago to show off their medals and to talk about the training they did in Nottinghamshire in the run up to the Games.

Etienne said: “We are looking forward to be back at the National Water Sports Centre and taking part in this weekend of activities to promote Canoe Slalom. We have already said we hope our success can inspire the next generation of hopefuls and events such as this can help get people even more interested in the sport.”