Members of the Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club have reached the podium 28 times
The Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club had a successful weekend (June 10-12) at the 49th International Ted Houk Memorial Regatta in Seattle, and everyone came home with gear.
The club sent 10 athletes and faced competition from the US Pacific Northwest, California and Hawaii.
Kamloops Canoe Kayak Club results:
• Abigail Donaldson: second Open K-1 1000m, first Open K-2 500m, first Open K-4 500m, second Open K-1 500m;
• Tate Solomonson: second Open Men’s C-4 1000m, second Junior C-2 1000m, second Open C-2 1000m, third Open C-1 1000m, first Junior C-1 1000m, second Open C-1 500m, first Junior C -1,500m;
• Liam Grover second Junior C-2 1000m, second Open C-2 1000m, second Open C-1 1000m, third Junior C-1 1000m, third Open C-1 500m, third Junior C-1 500m;
• Mathew House: second Junior K-4 500m, second Juvenile K-4 500m;
• Mischa Grover: second C-1 juvenile 1000m, third C-2 junior 500m, second C-4 open 500m, second C-1 juvenile 500m;
• Harris Hunter: first Juvenile K-1 1000m, second Juvenile K-2 1000m, second Junior K-4 500m, third Juvenile K-1 500m, second Juvenile K-4 500m;
• Douglas Hunter: third Junior K-2 1000m, second Juvenile K-2 1000m, second Junior K-4 500m, second Juvenile K-4 500m;
• Corbin Hickey: second Bantam C-1 1000m, third Bantam C-1 500m;
• Damian Hickey: third junior K-2 1000m, second juvenile K-1 1000m, first bantam K-1 1000, first bantam K-1 500m, second juvenile K-4 500m;
• John Grover: second MastersA K-1 1000m, first MastersB 1000m, second MastersA K-1 500m, first MastersA K-2 500m, second MastersB K-1 500m.
“It was so nice to be back at this regatta after a two-year break for Covid,” said KCKC head coach Stanislav Marek. “It’s one of the best regattas in the country and our athletes have the opportunity to race against national and junior team members. All of our athletes put in strong performances and represented the club and our country very well, while achieving many personal bests.
Did you know?
The Olympic sport of canoeing, also known as flatwater sprint paddling, includes both flatwater kayaking and canoes. Racing canoes and kayaks are extremely narrow and require great skill to balance. Individuals race in one-, two-, and four-person boats and can start competing at age 12.
All athletes train at Shumway Lake, south of Kamloops, along Highway 5A, in the summer. For more information on summer camps and the youth running program, visit www.kamloopscanoeandkayakclub.ca.