Lee Valley White Water Centre best in world: 2012 hopeful

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Olympic hopeful Zachary Franklin has declared the new Lee Valley White Water Centre the "best course in the world" and said the venue had transformed his training capabilities.

The canoe slalom competitor is aiming to be selected for the 2012 Games, but admits that the 2016 Olympics in Rio is a more realistic target.

Zachary, 19, of Windsor, Berkshire, previously had to travel to Nottingham to train. The Lee Valley centre is the first new London 2012 venue to open to the public.

Zachary is supported by the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes programme which helps some of the most talented emerging athletes in the UK.

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