With COVID restrictions lifting to some degree here in Canada and around the world, outrigger paddlers from the Gibsons Paddle Club are back competing at home and away.
The international outrigger canoe paddling community is looking forward to gathering in August at Dorney Lake, Windsor, U.K., for their World Sprint Championships.
Once again, the Gibsons Paddle Club will be well represented, with six members competing in the event.
One of our long-time members, Tamas Mihalyi, will be particularly busy, having qualified at recent time trials in Calgary to compete on Canada’s elite team and in the single canoe division. Our very own Sunshine Coast paddler will be representing Canada at the highest level of sprint competition! Congratulations, Tamas!
When our Paddle Club formed in 1999, we had hopes and aspirations of finding and developing some of our paddlers to international competition. And over the years we’ve done just that. Tamas is but the latest of our Club to qualify at this lofty level.
Teams from Gibsons Paddle Club also compete in long distance races. Both a women’s and a men’s team recently won their divisions in the 16 km Jericho Iron race in Vancouver.
Good luck to Tamas and all club members competing in Windsor and elsewhere this summer!