A member of the North Bay (Ontario) Canoe Club, Alison Herst escaped the winter cold to train in B.C. The dual coast training paid off when she became a world champion in 1995. Now a paddling mom, Herst says kayaking taught her resiliency, self-confidence and perseverance.
How did you get started in paddling?
At 11 years old, I joined the North Bay Canoe Club and found my passion in sport. My brother and good friend were already paddling and from the first day I spent there I was hooked.
Incredible athletes, such as, Barb and Nancy Olmstead soon became my role models. It wasn’t long that I wanted to compete in the Olympics and started to focus completely on that journey.
Why were you in BC?
I spent many winters training in Burnaby and Victoria. I fondly remember the early morning runs up that awful hill to the university!
What are your paddling career highlights and accomplishments?
What makes kayaking a great sport?
Are you still involved in the paddle sports?
My youngest daughter kayaks for the North Bay Canoe Club, I absolutely love watching her kayak or going in a k2 with her. I want her to learn the importance of teamwork and resiliency that sport can provide.
What impact did paddling in have on you?
Canoe Kayak BC is the Provincial Sport Organization for the paddle sports and actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in them. Members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of the sport. The association's mission enourages and promotes personal growth and success for our members through participation and performance in paddle sports.