Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club members earned 12 medals at the Canoe Kayak Canada Sprint National Championships, which wrapped up on Aug. 28 in Shawinigan, Que.
Douglas Hunter and Harris Hunter each won a pair of silver medals, finishing second in the K4 500-metre and K4 1,000m events in the under-16 men’s division.
Abigail Donaldson claimed bronze in two junior women’s events, placing third in the K2 500m and K2 1,000m.
Also winning bronze at nationals for the KCKC were Tate Solomonson (U18 men’s C4 500m), Quintin Neuls (U18 men’s K4 1,000m), Liam Grover (U18 men’s C4 500m), Matthew House (U16 men’s K4 1,000m), Mischa Grover (U18 women’s C2 1,000m) and Damian Hickey (U16 men’s K4 1,000m).
A club-record 12 athletes were in action at nationals, with Lucia Neuls, Corbin Hickey and John Grover rounding out the Kamloops contingent.
“This sport has no shortcuts,” KCKC head coach Stanislav Marek said in a press release. “You get out what you put in and these athletes have put so much work in, not just to get to nationals, but to medal, as well. They should all be very, very proud.”
More than 1,200 athletes from 40 clubs across Canada participated in the national championships, a 400-race regatta. KCKC placed third in the final points standings among Western Canadian clubs.
“Coach Stan had his Kamloops athletes ready for the national championships and was very happy with KCKC’s best results ever,” reads a club press release.
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