Atom age paddlers reaping the rewards of hard work

Ashley Thompson
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This Pisiquid war canoe team raced to a third place finish at a recent Atom regatta. (Submitted photo)

Paddlers with the Pisiquid Canoe Club are starting to reap the rewards of the hard work they’ve put in during the training season.

Several local paddlers recorded top five finishes at during a recent Atom regatta at the Sackawa Canoe Club in Lower Sackville.

Jasmine Smith, Pisiquid’s Atom coach, said she was impressed to see the young paddlers finishing among the top of the pack time and time again at the regatta.

“They’re dong a great job. It was really nice to see,” said Smith.

“We have a lot of kids that are really strong paddlers for their age.”

Smith isn’t about to take all of the credit for the team’s success. She said head coach Katherine King devotes a lot of energy to showing the local paddlers that although they hail from a small club in Hants County, they have what it takes to compete with the best of the best if they put the work in.

“Our head coach has made exponential difference,” said Smith, who has three years of experience with Pisiquid.

 

Top five finishes in 200-metre canoe and kayak races:

Shane Sommer — First in U10 Men K1

Zach James — First in U11 Men K1

Brayden Joudrey — Second in U9 Men K1

Claire Naugler — Third in U9 Women C1

Carter Naugler — Third in U9 Men C1 and K1

Zach James — Third in U11 Men C1

Kayden Hope and Carter Naugler — Third in U11 K2

Ben Levy, Carter Naugler, Shane Sommer and Zach James — Third in U11 Men C4 200m

Ella Naugler — Fourth in U10 Women C1

Ryan Sommer — Fourth in U9 Men K1

Elizabeth Gibson — Fourth in U10 Women K1

Claire Naugler and Haley O’Leary — Fourth in U11 Women K2

Georgia Richardson and Elizabeth Richardson — Fourth in U11 Women K2

Ella Naugler — Fifth in U11 Women K1

 

 

 

Organizations: Pisiquid Canoe Club, Sackawa Canoe Club

Geographic location: Lower Sackville, Hants County

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