Credit: AP Photo/Rob Griffith
It was an exciting day in March 1999 when five mighty underground pumps were activated at Australia's first artificial slalom canoe/kayak course.
With water surging at the maximum Olympic-mode quantity of 14 cubic metres per second, members of the Australian team took to the water to christen the course.
The competition channel is between eight and 12 metres wide, with depths of between 0.8 and 1.2 metres. The vertical drop, from start to finish, is a hairy 5.5 metres. A conveyor belt will take canoes and kayaks, and their occupants, from the finish pool back to the start during the events.