Avery Wilkins from the Vancouver Island Whitewater Society is among the eight paddlers named to Canoe Kayak Canada’s Wildwater National Team. The eight were named to the team after competing at the Wildwater Canoeing National Team trials May 5-6 on the Moira River in Ontario.
The race took place on an approximately 5 km stretch of the Moira River in Roslin, Ontario. The race happened in Class 2 and Class 3 whitewater from Chisholm’s Mills to Scuttlehole Rapid.
“For the second year in a row, high water levels on the Madawaska River forced a last-minute change of venue,” said Warren Hastings, Chair of the Wildwater committee on the Whitewater Council at Canoe Kayak Canada. “There were safety concerns around a rapid called Staircase, so we moved it for our athletes’ well-being and to ensure good paddling during a period of elevated water levels.”
Just two years ago, Wilkins competed in the BC Summer Games and is now among the best young whitewater paddlers in Canada.
Four boats were qualified for both the Classic and Sprint events of the Canoe Wildwater discipline for a total of 8 different athletes.
In the C-1 Classic event, Spencer Pomeroy came first with a time of 16 min 28,45 seconds, followed by Gwyn Ashcroft who came second (17 min 34,63 secs). John Hastings came first in the K-1 Classic event with a time of 15 min, followed by Warren Hastings (15 min 15,66 secs) and Neil Gerrard (15 min 27 secs). In the Sprint event, Pomeroy won the C-1 race with a time of 93,54 seconds while John Hastings won the K-1 race with a time of 80,45 seconds.
|Spencer Pomeroy||Men’s C-1||Senior Team||16:28,45||93,54 secs|
|Gwyn Ashcroft||Men’s C-1||Senior Team||17:34,63||103,18 secs|
|Avery Wilkins||Men’s K-1||Junior Team||17:22,00||98,21 secs|
|John Hastings||Men’s K-1||Senior Team||15:00,00||80,45 secs|
|Warren Hastings||Men’s K-1||Senior Team||15:15,66||84,51 secs|
|Neil Gerrard||Men’s K-1||Senior Team||15:27,00||84,63 secs|
|Harold Van Winssen||Men’s K-1||Senior Team||15:37,00||n.a.|
|Ed Winacott||Men’s K-1||Senior Team||15:57,00||93,51 secs|
The next race on the Canoe Wildwater calendar is the Whitewater National Championships taking place in Kananaskis, Alberta, from August 2 to 6.