Olympic rowing icon Sir Steve Redgrave has welcomed the planned multi-million pound development of Nottingham’s National Water Sports Centre.
The centre is home to a number of Britain’s water sports stars, including canoeists Etienne Scott and Tim Scott, who won gold at in the canoe slam C2 at London 2012 and fellow Brits David Florence and Richard Hounslow, who seized silver.
The centre was also where Redgrave won his first world championship, and he believes the £6.7million redevelopment can benefit everyone involved at the facility.
Speaking with the Nottingham Post, Redgrave said: "It's a win-win situation for people in the area, as well as elite athletes who will still have the facilities to help them achieve their dreams.
"The more people there, the more chance of finding that next talent."
Plans unveiled by the Nottingham County Council will see the centre feature a state-of-the-art gym and outdoor laser tag game whilst retaining its 2,000-metre regatta lake, slalom and rafting course.
Nottingham University graduate Redgrave has also given his support to an initiative that provides disadvantaged youngsters with the opportunity to a university education.
Redgrave, who won five gold medals for team GB, has backed the IntoUniversity scheme created by the University of Nottingham which, will allow young people to fulfill their academic potential.
"There shouldn't be a criteria where your background limits your potential. I didn't have the potential to go to university but my sport took over,” added Redgrave.
“For someone who came through comprehensive education to succeed in a sport associated with public school and university shows that those boundaries can be broken down.”
"This project gives the opportunity for people to reach their potential and go on to great things."
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