Just weeks before they compete at the London 2012
Olympics, the world's best canoeists descend on Cardiff for the ICF
Canoe Slalom World Cup.
Held from 8-10 June at the Cardiff International White Water
Centre, professional paddlers from all corners of the World will
battle a 300 metre course of ferocious rapids, hidden obstacles and
25 gates in a competition to get home in the fastest time. It will
be an adrenalin fuelled race of speed and skill.
And when the professionals have gone home why not have a go on the
rapids yourself. Don't worry, they'll be toned down a couple of
notches for you as the flow of water is controlled depending on the
expertise of those taking part.
It's not just canoeing either. The centre offers a whole host of
white water activities including the ever popular white water
rafting and river boarding, where the brave (or foolish) descend
the rapids clinging on to nothing more than a float while getting
tossed from side to side. It actually looks quite good fun!
For more information on the World Cup visit the ICF website
For more information on Cardiff International White Water,
It's the most wonderful time of the year.
The eyes of Wales will this weekend be focused on Dublin as the Six
Nations rugby tournament kicks off.
Wales will be looking to repeat their heroics of the World Cup last
autumn when they got so close to making it too the final. Along the
way they beat Ireland in the quarter final and so the Irish will be
out for revenge this time out.
Even though the game is in Dublin, there'll still be a tremendous
atmosphere up and down Wales as the country comes to a stop to
watch the game.
Then next weekend the action moves to Cardiff as Wales take on
Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.
And it doesn't matter whether or not you have a ticket to the game
or even like (or understand) rugby there is nowhere in the world
better to be than Cardiff on the day of a big match. With the
Millennium Stadium situated right in
the centre of the city the streets become full with fans of both
teams enjoying the special ambience and taking in the carnival
Wales' fixtures in this year's championship are below:
Sunday 5 February - Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Sunday 12 February - Wales v Scotland, Millennium Stadium,
Saturday 25 February - England v Wales, Twickenham,
Saturday 10 March - Wales v Italy, Millennium Stadium,
Saturday 17 March - Wales v France, Millennium Stadium,
So it finally gets underway tomorrow. And even though it's
being held 1000s of miles from Wales, the nation will still be
It's the Rugby World Cup and this Sunday morning the eyes of Wales
will be on Wellington in New Zealand as we take on South
Africa. Wales will be hoping to go one better than when the
tournament was last held in New Zealand when we got to the semi
finals (although whisper it quietly, that was all the way back in
Good luck boys, we'll be hoping to see many more tries like