Zone 2 - Thompson-Okanagan

Andrew Clark 

 Andrew-Clark Hometown: Kamloops
CKBC Club: Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 13
Number of years paddling: 5 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life: It has made me strong and I've made new friends
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To have fun, and not tip
Canoe kayak goals: To get better every day
Other interests and hobbies: Games
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: In the summer we paddle and do dryland training, in the winter we ski, swim and go to the gym
My coach: Stanislav motivates me. I don't want to let him down
Role model: My parents have taught me it's important to work hard. Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard.
Highest achievement: I once rescued a fruit fly out of the house without crushing it. I'm a fly whisperer
Would choose this superpower: To control time so I can play as many video games as I want.

Jonas Decker 

  Hometown: Kamloops
CKBC Club: Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 12

Liam Grover 

  Hometown: Kamloops
CKBC Club: Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 13

Emma Guertin 

Emma-Guertin  Hometown: Kamloops
Band/Treaty/Métis/First Nation/Affiliation: Métis
CKBC Club: Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 15
Number of years paddling: 1 season - Summer 2017
How paddling makes a difference in my life: Paddling has made a huge difference in my life. The challenge of paddling has made me a stronger person, both mentally and physically. I used paddling as cross training to improve my strength and stamina. It definitely paid off- as I had my best competitive season in Trampoline Gymnastics ever. Paddling also helps me feel a stronger connection to my Aboriginal heritage, I enjoy participating in a sport that is outdoors.
2018 BC Summer Games goals: My top 3 goals for the 2018 BC Summer games are: to make a personal best time in the K1 500m, to help in a leadership role to the younger athletes on our Zone 2 team and to meet as many new friends as I can.  
Canoe kayak goals: My goals are to qualify to race at 2018 Sprint Nationals, 2019 Western Canada Games, 2020 North American Indigenous Games, 2021 Canada Summer Games and hopefully international level competitions beyond that.
Other interests and hobbies: My other passion is trampoline gymnastics, I am a current National Level Team BC member, I just finished my personal best season with a bronze medal at 2018 Canada Cup and a 7th place finish at Canadian National Championships.
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: My training program leading up to the games has been to attend a specific training camp for Zone 2, we have paddled and done cardio every day. The week before the games we will be working on team boats.
My coach: My coach is Stanislav Marek at KCKC, and he is an amazing coach! He encourages me constantly which gives me a lot of confidence. His passion and knowledge for this sport is contagious. Stan commits so much of his time to all of his athletes. His dedication to paddling and his guidance is the reason I qualified to compete at the BC Summer Games.
Role model: My mom. 
Highest achievement: My highest achievement is winning the bronze medal this year at the 2018 Elite Trampoline Gymnastics Canada Cup. I also received the 2017 CKBC Women's U15 Developmental Award.  
Would choose this superpower: The ability to breathe underwater

Matthew House 

Matthew-House Hometown: Kamloops
CKBC Club: Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 11
Number of years paddling: 2 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life: enjoy fitness and team
2018 BC Summer Games goals: have fun! 
Canoe kayak goals: have fun!
Other interests and hobbies: music, photography, woodworking, computers
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: focused daily sessions
My coach: Stan Marek Keeps me going when I get tired and pushes me to do my best
Role model: My Dad
Highest achievement: Still working on it
Other family members at Games: My Mom played Netball for BC and Canada. She retired after the 2002 Commonwealth Games
Would choose this superpower: Breathe underwater

Cooper Julien

  Hometown: Kamloops
CKBC Club: Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 13

Lucia Neuls

 Lucia-Neuls Hometown: Kamloops
CKBC Club: Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 12
Number of years paddling: First year
How paddling makes a difference in my life: I’ve learned not to be afraid of tipping and getting wet and I notice I’m getting stronger.
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To come in second or third...I have no confidence I will come in first!
Canoe kayak goals: Learn how not to fall out of the Canoe and to be super fast in the K1
Other interests and hobbies: Art and lacrosse and cooking.
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: 4 times a week after school and then 5 days a week during summer
My coach: Stan - I love his accent and how he yells “Go Lucia!” He has shown me how to believe in myself.
Role model: My cousins and coach Stan and Poppa Jim and my brother Quintin.
Highest achievement: My painting was selected for Young Artists this year.  
Other family members at Games: My family has done a lot of different sports but I’m not sure if anyone has made it to nationals. Maybe me one day?
Would choose this superpower: Super speed so I could do everything super fast. Race, run, read, homework, cleaning, everything.

Quintin Neuls

 Quintin-Neuls  Hometown: Kamloops
CKBC Club: Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 13
Number of years paddling: First year
How paddling makes a difference in my life: I love paddling and it makes my life better. The water, the friends and being outside, it keeps me focused and wanting to improve. And I love getting stronger.
2018 BC Summer Games goals: I want to do my best and give it all I have. I am new to the sport so it will be a steep learning curve. I feel very fortunate to be able to participate and hope I do well.
Canoe kayak goals: I want to do my best and give it all I have. I am new to the sport so it will be a steep learning curve. I feel very fortunate to be able to participate and hope I do well.
Other interests and hobbies: Lacrosse, basketball, hunting, traveling, and playing piano
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: During school we train 4 days a week after school and now we do 5 days a week.
My coach: Stan and he’s awesome. He inspire me to work hard and he is the best coach I’ve ever had in any sport.
Role model: My dad for teaching me to hunt and try my best at all I do and Popa Jim who is an amazing athlete.  
Highest achievement: Making the honour role last semester.  
Would choose this superpower: To be able to summon any strength or skill at will, for example strength, memory, speed or power of persuasion!

Tate Solomonson

  Hometown: Kamloops
CKBC Club: Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 13

Kierra Willis

K-Willis Hometown: Kamloops
CKBC Club: Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 14
Number of years paddling: 3 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life: It has taught me a ton of discipline, work ethic and overall made me healthier and stronger
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To medal in a few races and have one of them be gold
Canoe kayak goals: To compete at a high level and get under 40 seconds in a K1 200m
Other interests and hobbies: Painting, drawing, photography, and hockey
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: A lot of running, weights and in the water endurance and sprint training
My coach: Stan. Ever since I joined kayaking he saw potential in me, and he continues to push and inspire me to do better
Role model: My mom and my cousin, Traven 
Highest achievement: Either getting a medal at the previous BC summer games or getting the ambassador award at my school  

Head Coach: Cory Rublee

   

Assistant Coach: Emily Robinson

   

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