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Yavneh pupils make Olympic splash

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-03-30

Yavneh College make a splah

Yavneh College make a splash

Pupils from a Jewish school in Hertfordshire have had the chance to make their own Olympic splash just a few months before the games are due to take place in London.

The nine students, from Hertsmere's Yavneh College, got to grips with the fast-flowing rapids at Lee Valley White Water Centre as part of its second annual Schools Festival.

And they had the chance to try out the same course which some of the world's best athletes will face on the forthcoming Olympic Standard Competition Course.

They are among pupils from schools in every London borough, as well as Essex and Hertfordshire, who have had the chance to try the course out for free.

Today has been a brilliant experience for all the pupils involved and we can't thank Lee Valley Regional Park Authority enough for making it possible," said Yavneh's Daniel Raymen.

"I am sure they will be talking about this for a long time. A real legacy for London and I am proud our young people came today."

"The second Lee Valley White Water Centre Schools Festival has been a fantastic way to bring the Olympic Games and the excitement of canoeing to the young
people of Hertsmere," added Seb Coe, chair of the London Olympic Organising Committee."

"By getting the chance to paddle on the course that Olympic athletes will compete on in the summer they will have experienced
something special ahead of the Games."

The venue will play host to the Olympic canoe slalom event during the games which will take place from July 29 - August 2.