Fort Canoe Kayak Club sent seven athletes to the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak National Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec in August. Two local athletes earned their spots on this team of canoe kayak racers. They joined the team that competed with the best in the nation in long and short distance races ranging from 200m to 6km in both single and crew boats.
New to the national stage in their first time at the championships were 17 year old Devon Holcroft, kayak, and 18 year old Liam Stewart, canoe -both live in Surrey.
Rounding out the team was Fort Canoe Kayak’s youngest national team member – 16 year old canoeist Noah Said. This was his second national championship alongside his brother, Omar Said (21) who was racing canoe for his 3rd chance at a medal. The oldest members of the team were Elliot Hoyt (28) and Ben Muench (27) who have been competing in kayak together since their youth and this was their 7th Nationals. The final member of the team was Fort Canoe Kayak’s Head Coach Connor Fehr who qualified for his 10th national championships in canoe and was looking for his 7th medal.
These athletes train all year in preparation for a chance to race at their sport’s highest level of competition. They successfully qualified earlier this summer at the Provincial Championships held in Kamloops.
The competition ran August 28th through to September 1st and saw more than 2000 athletes competing for a podium spot. http://sprintnationals.canoekayak.ca