Great Britain canoeing’s performance director John Anderson is profiled this week on the website of the International Canoe Federation.
If you’re looking for any secret tips as to how Britain’s top canoeists are doing or what they’re up to in their final few weeks of preparation, you’ll be disappointed – it’s a short profile and there’s nothing controversial there.
Perhaps more interesting is this interview, which appeared earlier this year, on the Sky Sports website. In it, Anderson sets out the case for legacy very clearly – why Britain must take advantage of the amazing new canoe slalom facility at Lee Valley and do all it can to capitalise on likely canoeing success at the Games in London.
The BCU secured the rights to stage the 2015 World Canoe Slalom Championships in London, a feat Anderson sees as ‘crucial’ in the bid to establishing a strong long-term legacy for canoeing in the capital after the Games:
“It is…then about legacy. It is to show how talented our athletes are here to inspire the next generation and this facility, just on the doorstep of London, I believe will become a hotbed for future talent in our sport.
“(It was) absolutely crucial to get the 2015 World Championships on the back of the London Games and really ensures that we will have a vibrant canoeing community here.”
(Picture credit: GB Canoeing)