The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today named slalom canoe athlete Lizzie Neave to compete for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Neave will be Team GB’s sole female representative, racing in the K1 class – the only women’s event on the canoe slalom Olympic Programme.
She said, “It is a dream come true for me and I know it is going to be such an amazing opportunity with my friends and family able to come and watch me race.
“I am also looking forward to being part of the wider Team GB which will be really special.”
The British squad will be aiming to achieve the first ever Olympic gold for Team GB on home water at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire this summer.
Team GB’s slalom canoeists have claimed five medals over the last five Olympic Games – four silver and one bronze – since the sport was introduced consistently to the Olympic Programme at Barcelona in 1992.
The formal announcement follows a three-day selection event, which took place at the Lee Valley Olympic Slalom Course from 13-15 April and brings the total number of athletes officially selected to Team GB for London 2012 to 66 across five sports: athletics – marathon, boxing, canoe – slalom, sailing and swimming.
Full GB Slalom Canoe Team
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
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