RHCC paddlers had a very successful week in Regina at the CKC Sprint CanoeKayak
National Championships. Nine youth paddlers had qualified to compete, the
largest team sent from RHCC in many years. Of these 9 paddlers, only 2 had ever
been to a National Championship before. The paddlers that competed in Regina
were: Niko Tsaousidis, Oskar Morawski, David Stewart, Jean Luc Cinq-Mars, Sunny
Willert, Tula Morawska, Olivia Petroff, Sarah Welsch and Liz Zoubakine. Many of
the paddlers had qualified by racing up in older age categories as well. This
included David, Oskar, Niko, Tula, Sarah and Liz in certain events.
The first 2 days of competition had our paddlers competing in the singles events. Typically heats were run for the various events in the mornings with the finals set for the afternoon.
On Day 1, Sunny had a strong start for the team with a 3rd place finish in her heat for the Women's U17 K-1 200M event and Olivia finishing 7th in her heat for the same event. In the Men's U16 200M event, Niko and David placed 7th in their respective heats. Jean Luc finished 2nd in his heat for the Men's U16 C-1 200M event, becoming our first paddler to qualify for a final. Jean Luc placed 6th in the final, showing us what it's like to be the 6th fastest paddler in Canada in U16 C-1 200M! Way to go Jean Luc!
At the end of Day 1, the U17 long distance events were all held as finals with 30 paddlers in mass start events. Oskar had a strong 11th place finish in the Men's K-1 6000M. In the Women's K-1 6000M event, Sunny had an awesome race finishing 6th and Tula wasn't too far behind her in 12th place.
2 saw the longer singles events being contested. In Women's U17 K-1 500M, Sunny
placed 4th and Olivia 7th in their heat. David had a strong 2nd place finish in
his heat for the Men's U16 1000M event becoming our 2nd paddler to qualify for
a final. Oskar was 6th in the second Men's heat. Jean Luc came in 6th in his
Men's U16 C-1 1000M heat. In the Men's final later in the day, David finished
6th becoming the 6th fastest paddler in U16 1000M in Canada! Great job David!