Celebrating CKBC's sibling paddlers

April 10, 2017

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Today is Siblings Day - a day to honour your brother(s) and sister(s). So we thought we'd get to know a few of our paddling siblings.

First up is 19 year old Maksym Kryworuchko from the Chilliwack Center of Excellence. He and his brother Jakob are whitewater paddlers who medaled at last year's Canadian Championships.

Who started paddling first?
Me

Who is the most competitive?
I am definitely more competitive

Describe your paddling sibling(s) in three words.
Awesome; small doses

What is your funniest paddling memory of your sibling?
When I got into a feature cause I wasn't paying attention, and he was just hysterically laughing at me

What is the best part of paddling with your sibling(s)?
Seeing him get better than me

And what is the worst?
Seeing him get better than me

Do you hang out together when you're not paddling
I'm at school, but when I'm home yes

Who is the better paddler? And why?
He is because he has been training a lot more than me

If you could change one thing about your sibling(s), what would it be?
Go into finance cause I could help him get a job

Next is False Creek's paddling duo of 13 year old Asha and 15 year old Arjun Cartagena-Senanayake.

Who started paddling first?
Asha: My brother
Arjun: Me

Who is the most competitive?
Asha: My brother
Arjun: Me

Describe your paddling sibling(s) in three words.
Asha: Annoying, funny, determined
Arjun: Lazy, Annoying, Skillful

What is your funniest paddling memory of your sibling?
Asha: When he was fooling around and accidentally hit his head on a boat
Arjun: Seeing her in a K4 and zig-zagging across False Creek.

What is the best part of paddling with your sibling(s)?
Asha: It makes it more fun
Arjun: Seeing her have fun

And what is the worst?
Asha: Sometimes he can be mean and annoying
Arjun: Having her annoy me during practice

Do you hang out together when you're not paddling
Asha: Sometimes, it depends
Arjun: Sometimes, it depends

Who is the better paddler? And why?
Asha: My brother, because he's more serious with the sport and he's on the water more often
Arjun: Me, paddling longer, more mature, etc.

If you could change one thing about your sibling(s), what would it be?
Asha: No I think he's just fine the way he is
Arjun: Make her stop calling me names when we paddle.

Siblings Day was created by Claudia Evart to honour the memory of her brother and sister who both died young. It is now a global event with siblings celebrating around the world. So regardless if you paddle with your siblings, take a moment today to let them know you're thinking of them.