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TOPS THE COMPETITION – Luanda Pronovost competes in the cadet women’s kayak division during the Western Canadian Championships on the Kananaskis River in Alberta on August 27. She didn’t miss any gates, placing first in her category. Photo by DAVE WINTER

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SCOUTING AHEAD – Mael Pronovost competes in the junior men’s kayak division during the Western Canadian Championships on the Kananaskis River in Alberta on August 27. He placed second in his category. Photo by DAVE WINTER

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PLAYING AROUND – Marc Pronovost competes in the master men’s freestyle kayak competition on the Kananaskis River in Alberta last weekend. Photo by MICHELLE TAYLOR

Pronovosts best in class at Western Canadian Championships

Three Yukon paddlers proved to be well-rounded at the Western Canadian Championships on the Kananaskis River in Alberta last weekend.

By Marissa Tiel on September 1, 2017

Three Yukon paddlers proved to be well-rounded at the Western Canadian Championships on the Kananaskis River in Alberta last weekend.

Luanda, Mael and Marc Pronovost all competed at the championships, which included freestyle, slalom, downriver and boatercross events. The championships also doubled as the Alberta Whitewater Championships.

“It was good. A lot of fun,” said Mael. “I did better than I thought I would.”

Mael was on the podium in each of his races.

The Kananaskis River is located about 40 minutes west of Calgary and has been home to a number of national and international events over the years.

“It was really fun,” said Luanda. “I really liked the course.”

Like her brother, she also stood on the podium in her events.

She was the top female cadet in the slalom kayak race and didn’t miss any gates on the course.

“My first run was good. I got all the gates and my second one was good,” she said. “It was better and I did (the gates) faster too. It was just smoother.”

She came in second for the classic downriver race, paddling that section of the river for the first time ever.

Luanda was first in the sprint downriver and first in the freestyle competition.

With her all-round success, Luanda was crowned the overall cadet female champion.

Mael also had steady performances.

For his slalom kayak run, he used his second run in the best of two event, which was almost 30 seconds faster than his first.

In his first run, an eddy caught the front of his boat and he was forced to paddle back for two gates, losing precious time.

On his second run, “I went in much lower,” he said. “I played it safe. It turned out I went in the perfect spot.”

He was also very happy with his C-1 run.

“It just went really well,” he said. “I got the eddies perfectly. I got cross-bow pivots. I looked like I knew what I was doing.”

Mael was second in both kayak and C-1.

In the classic downriver competition, he raced C-1 only, picking good lines all the way to the finish.

“I got lucky in Point Break,” he said of one of the rapids. “There was this perfect wave that shot me on top of the shoulder. A couple of my friends got held back.”

He was second.

Then in the sprint downriver race, he tied for second with an Alberta paddler.

The freestyle competition was OK, he said. And despite a solid ride, he pulled off second place once again.

He managed third in the boatercross and was the best overall junior male paddler.

Mael and Luanda’s father, Marc, also competed in the weekend’s events.

“It was fun watching my dad race,” said Mael. “He did everything in a playboat.”

Marc was the top overall master paddler at the competition.

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