August 4, 2017
Twenty sprint paddlers from eight clubs are wrapping up training as they get ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The paddling competition begins on Monday, August 7 and takes place at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre.
Leading the team is Games veteran Alex Brent (Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club) who competed at the 2013 Games in Sherbrooke and the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. Brent was the Team BC flagbearer at the 2015 Games and is a multiple medal winner at Canadian Championships.
“To be part of Canada Summer Games during its 50th anniversary and during the 150th year of Canada as a nation, will be a unique and exhilarating experience,” said Brent following his selection to the team in May. “Beyond that, multi-sport games are always exciting and I am immensely proud to be a part of Team BC at the Games.”
Entry to Canoe Kayak competition is free courtesy of Manitoba's Credit Unions. No ticket is required.
Six additional athletes were selected as alternates and have participated in team training camps: Lauryn Cheung (Fort); Mika Asano (Burnaby); Emily Robinson (Kamloops); Ivan Strashenko (Burnaby); Liam Stewart (Fort) and Quinn Thomson (False Creek).
The Canada Summer Games are the country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes. Among the Games' alumni are paddlers Hugh Fisher, Sue Holloway and Adam Van Koeverden and athletes in other sports such as Andre de Grasse (athletics), Eugenie Bouchard (tennis) and Sydney Crosby (hockey).
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.