Kelowna Paddle Centre athletes continue to shine at races in Western Canada and the U.S.
On May 25 and 26, more than 20 KPC athletes took to the waters to compete in three different events.
At the Jericho Iron event, hosted by the Jericho Paddling Club in Vancouver on May 25, three KPC crews competed while two athletes also paddled with a Canadian national team crew.
The Ageless Wonders (Karen Bates, Mel Durban, Tracey Sutton, Sharon Taylor, Sheila Strother and Christine Castrucow) finished first in the women’s masters 50-plus division with a time of one hour, 58 minutes and 3.5 seconds on the 18-kilometre course. Their time was good enough to place third overall in the women’s division.
The top boat in that division was the Canadian Open Women crew, which featured two KPC athletes: Leanne Stanley and Kelsey Siddall. Their crew finished with a time of 1:42:42.5.
On the men’s side, the KPC Prune Pickers (Jim Bates, Dennis Silvestrone, Joey Hertz, Keith Wagner, Hugh Culver and Mike Ching) finished first in their unlimited masters 60-plus division with a time of 1:40:53.1, good enough for fourth overall in the men’s division.
The other male KPC crew to compete was comprised of Will Prehofer, Jackson Bates, Nils Rauhala, Lance Carroll, Alex Quintans and Jayson Bates. They finished fourth in the men’s unlimited open division with a time of 1:41:13.1, and finished fifth overall just behind the Prune Pickers crew.
Tamlyn Bohm was the sole KPC athlete to compete at the two-day Surf Canada SUP Nationals in Sidney, B.C., on May 25 and 26.
Bohm competed in three events over two days with results strong enough to earn the silver medal in the overall competition.
In the Technical Elite Female Raceboard 14-foot and under, she placed third with a time of 22:16.3. In the 200-metre sprint final, she was second in 1:09.1 and in Sunday’s 15-km race, she placed second in 1:37:37.9.
South of the border, Greg Redman raced the anchor kayak leg of the Ski to Sea multisport team relay in Washington. Starting at the Mt. Baker Ski Area, teams make their way to Bellingham Bay with legs including cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, running, road biking, canoeing, cyclo-cross biking and kayaking. Redman’s team, Boomer’s Drive-In, had the best time of the event, finishing first overall in 6:05:55.
Kelowna Paddle Centre athletes will be in action on June 8 and 9 in Comox, B.C.
The following weekend, June 15-16, Kelowna Paddle Centre will host the Waterman Paddling Festival, a multi-disciplinary paddlesport race with more than 100 racers expected. The event is free for spectators.For more information, please visit http://www.kelownapaddlecentre.ca/waterman/.