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MAKING WAVES – In this Aug. 19 file photo, kayakers race at the Yukon Flatwater Championships. Last weekend, Flatwater Yukon paddlers participated at the last regatta of the season in Maple Ridge, B.C.

Girouard and Parry land on podium at B.C. Championships

Young Yukon paddlers made waves at the final regatta of the season.

By Marissa Tiel on September 13, 2017

Young Yukon paddlers made waves at the final regatta of the season.

Rogan Parry earned Flatwater Yukon’s first medal of the weekend, placing third in the U-12 men’s K-1 200-metre.

Julianne Girouard earned their second medal, a silver in the U-13 women’s K-1 200-metre at the U-15 B.C. Championships last weekend.

Held over two days on Whonnock Lake, the regatta is one of the largest gatherings of paddlers in Western Canada.

After a successful season developing, more Flatwater Yukon athletes also saw success at the regatta, which was also the Pacific Cup.

Girouard was also close to the podium in the U-14 women’s K-1 200-metre, placing fourth.

In the U-15 men’s C-4 500-metre, Liam Diamond, Alex Sumner, Joel Girouard and Rogan Parry were fifth.

Coach Dan Girouard said it was their first time racing together in that canoe.

Anick Girouard, Danni Wilkie-Hobus, Ayla McDonald and Airianna Gibson also gained experience at the multi-day event paddling in a number of heats and finals.

Last year, the group of athletes, who now paddle with Flatwater Yukon, attended the regatta for the first time. Since then, they’ve gained more race experience and a number attended the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, Man.

Now, the team will shift gears and spend time off the water gaining strength, technique and endurance. The Flatwater Yukon annual general meeting will take place at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25.

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