Zone 6 BC Summer Games Selection Trials – Canoe/Kayak

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It was a beautiful, sunny day at Long Lake with incredible efforts made
by Island athletes from the Victoria Youth Paddling Club (VYPC) and the
Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club (NCKC). Seventeen paddlers were competing
for eight spots on the Zone 6 Canoe-Kayak Team for the 2012 BC Summer
Games in Surrey this July today (May 5).

The Selection Trials involved three 1000m race distance events in single
kayak – K1, single canoe – C1, outrigger canoe – OC1, and a timed slalom
kayak course. Female athletes raced in direct finals for each, while
the men raced timed heats to accumulate their overall point total.

Veteran slalom coach, Tim Marks and his daughter & past competitor, Cara
Marks from Victoria attended to provide leadership for the Slalom Kayak
event. Many parents and volunteers officiated for the first time and
did an awesome job! The Island paddling community looks strong this
year.

One of the highlights locally was Jade Minor’s (Nanaimo) results
standing as the top point accumulator with a total of 78 out of 80
points won with his strong performances in the K1, C1, and Slalom kayak
events. He was second to Victoria’s Patrick Linden in the OC1 event.
Meanwhile in the women’s events, Isobel Glover (Victoria) and Danielle
Caron (Nanaimo) switched positions a few times with Isobel placing 1st
in each of her races and took a 3rd place finish in C1 and Danielle
finished a strong first in C1 and a close second behind Isobel in each
of her other races.

More than a couple of athletes were disappointed in their slalom kayak
event when they missed a turn or capsized which resulted in a
disqualification. Fortunately for a couple of athletes they still had a
second run to collect a time for their performance to add to their
points tally, but it was unfortunate for one athlete that neither one
worked in her favour. Ayla Mark was the first athlete up to run through
the slalom kayak course and although she gave a decent showing with both
of her times, in both runs, she reversed a turn, which resulted in a
full disqualification – she therefore, didn’t get to count either of her
performances into her final point score. As a result, it was difficult
to make significant headway even after two 3rd place finishes and a 4th
place finish in her other events. Ayla didn’t let this get her down however, as she will still be eligible
for the BC Summer Games that will be hosted in Nanaimo in 2014. Many of
the younger athletes were participating to gain experience for future
team trials and upcoming regattas. The final 2012 Zone 6 Canoe-Kayak Team & points accumulated are as
follows: MALES

*
Jade Minor – 78 (NCKC) *
Patrick Linden – 62 (VYPC)
*
Cameron Antifave – 60 (NCKC)
*
Stephen Lucato – 48 (VYPC)
*
Ulysse Antoine-Debelic – 46 (NCKC) – Alternate
*
Jeremy Morris – 36 (NCKC) – Alternate

FEMALES

*
Isobel Glover – 76 (VYPC)
*
Danielle Caron – 74 (NCKC) *
Mackenzie Read – 58 (VYPC) *
Ianna Folkes – 52 (NCKC)
*
Nicole Darlington – 46 (NCKC) – Alternate
*
Ayla Mark – 44 (NCKC) – Alternate

For more information about the sport of canoe-kayak in Nanaimo, please
call 250-758-4052, email headcoach@nckc.ca, or check out www.nckc.ca.

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